Google's new Assistant voices are now live

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The demo - which showed a voice assistant call a hair saloon and book an appointment on behalf of a customer - was nothing short of fantastic, and it just goes to show how far ahead Google is in terms of voice-based AI assistants and conversational, natural language processing. Called Android P it's the ninth major version of the Android operating system.

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In the show, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google played a recording of the assistant independently calling a hair salon and a restaurant to make bookings by interacting with staff who had no idea that they were interacting with an artificial intelligence software instead of a real person. This isn't just Google Assistant indiscriminately listening to everything you say; even with Continued Conversations, the Assistant is still able to tell the difference between the things you're saying to it and a separate chat you could be having with a friend.

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To see if you like any of these voices better than the default, head to the Google App and look for the menu and hit “Settings”, then go to “Google Assistant Settings” and tap “Preferences”. According to the tech giant, the assistant is a potential boon to busy people and small businesses which don't have websites that customers can use to make appointments. Pichai said during keynote, "We know the path ahead needs to be navigated carefully and deliberately".

First, Google Assistant dialed up a hairdresser and booked an appointment "on behalf of a client".

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Media outlets have complained that without Google's aggregated use of their headlines and snippets of their reportage, Google News wouldn't be able to function as a service.

Efforts by both companies to involve themselves in journalism have often been seen as an unwelcome necessity by news organisations, which struggle to gather traffic without a presence on either platform.

Other than starting a wave, the attendees at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, don't seem that into it.

Google aims to make its assistant so useful that people can't live without it - or the search results that drive its advertising business.

To begin with, ensure that the Google app on your Android smartphone is updated. But it's also showcasing how its AI is being used by developers to improve health care, preserve the environment and make new scientific discoveries.

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