Google just unveiled new features at a Google Developer Days keynote. The AI is also pulling up answers faster. They indicate that Google Assistant now possesses better contextual awareness. Not only will it be able to answer some of your vaguest questions, but it will also come in handy on your travels.
The company shows off a new translator mode. All it takes is for you to ask: “Ok, Google, be my [insert language] translator,” and the Assistant will repeat your words in the requested language. Google’s been touting its advanced, AI-based translation skills since last year, but now we’re seeing how they could be used in real-life situations.
In the same keynote video, Google’s Behshad Behzadi also exhibits improvements in the system’s ability to grasp context. It does this by learning from your past queries in order to personalize future search results. As an example, Behzadi asks for “pictures of Thomas.” Without any extra info, the AI pulls up photos of Thomas the Tank Engine. Behzadi then asks for soccer club Bayern Munich’s team roster, which includes Thomas Müller. He then repeats his “pictures of Thomas” prompt, and sure enough Thomas Müller is the first search result Assistant provides.
As the keynote illustrates, Assistant can now answer questions faster, is better at voice recognition, and is better at utilizing Google Search in appropriate scenarios.