Google gets real about embedding artificial intelligence in products

A new mobile messaging app, Allo, and Google Home, a voice-based search device, debut at Google’s I/O developer conference. (Bloomberg)—Google is turning to artificial intelligence to make sure people keep using its search engine, even if they’re not spending as much time on the web and personal computers. The Alphabet Inc. division unveiled a new mobile messaging application Wednesday called Allo containing a digital personal assistant, based on AI technology that powers other Google services like Inbox. At its I/O developer conference near its Silicon Valley headquarters, the company also showed off a voice-based search device called Google Home that uses the same assistant technology to answer questions when people are in their houses, a potentially potent rival to Amazon.com Inc.’s popular Echo gadget. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the…


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