Google’s New Products Reflect Push Into Machine Learning — Update

Shutterstock photo By Jack Nicas MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is betting it can outsmart rivals on new products — from virtual assistants to messaging apps — with advances in artificial intelligence, technology that helps computers make decisions rather than follow instructions. The Alphabet Inc. unit touted new software set for release later this year, dubbed Google assistant, that will answer users’ questions and complete tasks, like pulling up movie reviews or making a dinner reservation. Many of the offerings Google touted Wednesday follow similar products made by rivals: Google Home, a voice- controlled device that resembles an air freshener, follows Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo. Allo, a new messaging app incorporating artificial intelligence, must compete against Facebook Inc.’s popular Messenger and WhatsApp messaging apps, plus Snapchat and others. Apple Inc. has…


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