Tag: Google

Google Duplex and Axios

What Google isn’t telling us about its AI demo by Dan Primack

Axios asked Google for the name of the hair salon or restaurant, in order to verify both that the businesses exist and that the calls were not pre-planned. We also said that we'd guarantee, in writing, not to publicly identify either establishment (so as to prevent them from receiving unwanted attention).

A longtime Google spokeswoman declined to provide either name.

We also asked if either call was edited, even perhaps just cutting the second or two when the business identifies itself. And, if so, were there other edits? The spokeswoman declined comment, but said she'd check and get back to us. She didn't.

So we sent a new message, this time also copying another member of Google's communications team. The spokeswoman replied by saying she'd get right back to us.

That was more than a day ago.

Hmmm…

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Google Duplex

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Daring Fireball (Daniel Miessler)

It’s totally credible that Google would be the first to achieve something like Duplex, but the fact that all they did — as far as I’ve seen — was play a recording just seems off. It feels like a con.

Google: Hey, check out this cool tech I’ve created. It’s totally awesome. It does this and that and that. Daring Fireball: Wow! Can I see it? Google: Not yet. But soon. Then you’ll see how fantastic this is. Daring Fireball: Just a peek. Something. Anything? Google: Soon. Just you wait. Now let me tell you…

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Meetup: ACM / IEEE Computer Society: “If You Trust Your Computer, You’re Crazy”

Attending ACM / IEEE Computer Society:

The Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society Joint Chapter is delighted to host:Google Software Engineer Ron Minnich, presenting: “If You Trust Your Computer, You’re Crazy”

The Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society Joint Chapter is delighted to host:Google Software Engineer Ron Minnich, presenting: “If You Trust Your Computer, You’re Crazy”

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