Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri is the Google Assistant which draws on what Google calls "Duplex" technology. This technology has been one of the most talked about things to come out of Google's I/O 2018 event. Its annual event held primarily for developers has grasped the attention of many this with its demo of the Google Assistant.
In the demo, shown by Google's CEO Sundar Pichai we see the Google Assistant book a hair appointment and in a separate occasion try make a reservation at a restaurant. While this may sound impressive in itself, it's how the actual conversation takes place that has everyone talking. Most people would expect the Google Assistant to sound much like a robot and less like a human, but even if it did sound human like you wouldn't expect it to speak in the same manner as humans. The surprise factor of the demo has been how Google Assistant sounds so natural with pauses and the use of terms like 'mm hmm' and 'um' with its use of artificial intelligence.
On one hand people are amazed by the demo, and on another, people are questioning the ethics behind this. Time will tell how things play out. For now we know that Google is going to be conservative with its roll-out of the Google Assistant with it only being available to a small group of people to start with.