And Google will offer new features that help you understand your digital habits and wean you off your 24/7 relationship with your devices and apps so you can power down and spend more time with friends and family.
Kicking off the tech giant's annual developers conference, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai argued that its AI-powered digital assistant had the potential to free people from everyday chores. The AI-driven Assistant is getting more sophisticated with each passing year and will soon be able to carry out simple day-to-day tasks for you, such as placing a call to make a restaurant reservation or book a hair appointment when you're too busy to do it yourself.
This ethical tension could be partly resolved if Duplex was required to announce that a computer is on the phone calls, but Google has been vague and will not confirm if Duplex will be made to self-disclose.
The original voice for Assistant is called "Holly". One thing that was missing from this feature was the ability to create custom routines as until now you could only use one of Google's presets such as I'm home, Good Night, and others.
"We recently started our Google News Initiative and committed $300 million over the next three years to work with organizations and journalists to develop innovative and programs that help the industry", Pichai said.
"Also, the call took all of a minute or less, but didn't include the time it took to find somewhere to eat, tell Google what you wanted it to do and have it give you the response after it finished".
There are a lot of buzzwords and bits of jargon that get passed around, but one of the more common ones popping up lately is "artificial intelligence".
Of course that can be creepy, but we should all be quite used to this tradeoff of personal information for services by now. The company says, "it uses artificial intelligence to analyze all the content published to the web at any moment, and organize all of those articles, videos, and more into storylines".
When a user wants to see what stories the world is reading, he or she can switch over to Google Headlines to see general news, sports and features from around the world.
Which brings us back to Duplex and its timing. Another important feature are the "newscasts". The creepy part is the other party has no idea they are talking to a machine, something that can be abused in any number of different ways.
The feature is clearly a reaction to the problem of "fake news". There is also the more straightforward fact that Google has thus far behaved much like Facebook in that it tries its best to remain neutral, and in doing so has allowed a series of negative effects to flourish, allowing popularity or virality rather than quality to determine how often something is seen.