THE rise of artificial intelligence assistants has been snowballing as tech firms compete with each other to have the best one- but Google may have just won the race. The tech giants have overhauled Google Assistant and given it the ability to hold a two-way conversation and make phone bookings for you without anyone knowing its a robot. Here's the lowdown on the virtual assistant. What is Google Assistant? Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence app that is found on mobile and smart home devices that can be used to answer questions, search the internet, set alarms, and more. The app is the tech giants version of Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa - just without a funny name. The bot was unveiled in May 2016 and was originally only rolled out on Google Pixel phones but can now be downloaded on to most Android and iPhones running the latest operating system. Users can activate the AI app by saying "okay Google" or "hey Google" and then follow it with a command of what they want the … [Read more...] about What is Google Assistant, can the app make phone calls and how do you change its voice?
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Xiaomi Corp. unveiled its latest top-tier smartphone to bring the fight to Apple and Samsung, as the Chinese startup readies a highly anticipated initial public offering.Co-founder Lei Jun showed off the MIX 2S, which starts at 3,299 yuan ($527). The phone -- on paper -- sports many of the bells and whistles familiar to power users but is about half the iPhone X’s price tag. It’s got a six-inch bezel-less screen, ceramic body, Qualcomm’s latest processor and dual cameras. It’s Xiaomi’s third full-screen phone: a feature now embraced by the biggest vendors from Apple Inc. to Samsung Electronics Co.The MIX 2S could spearhead Xiaomi’s increasingly aggressive expansion into overseas markets, particularly the developed countries in which it still lacks presence. The company that once led the Chinese market has taken back domestic share from local brands such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo since last year, but all are looking abroad as China’s smartphone … [Read more...] about Xiaomi’s CEO Boasts New $500 Device Is Better Than iPhone X
The Tesla and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, shared his fears over the dangers that the development of artificial intelligence can bring. The visionary, who already named the "competition for AI superiority at the national level as the most likely cause of WW3," suggested humankind can create “an immortal dictator from which we would never escape," which, unlike Mussolini and Hitler, can’t die. According to him, such an entity “doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity.” His revelation was presented in a new documentary “Do You Trust This Computer?” from director Chris Paine, who incidentally made 2006's “Who Killed The Electric Car?.” The film is about the promises and perils of the new era of self-learning computers and the “tsunami of apps, personal assistants, smart devices, and targeted advertisements” that come with this … [Read more...] about ‘Robo-Hitler’ Alarm: Musk’s Fear of AI ‘Immortal Dictator’ Sets Twitter Ablaze
LG has unveiled its new flagship phone, the artificial intelligence-powered G7 ThinQ, which has machine learning capabilities built into the camera to help improve photo-taking.LG finds itself trying to compete is an ever more crowded phone market, with the likes of Huawei and OnePlus offering premium-level alternatives to the smartphone status quo of Apple, Samsung and Google.In an attempt to offer a viable alternative, LG has integrated Google’s new Google Lens technology – object recognition software that can identify objects the camera is pointed at and provide information about them.It also works with text, and in this case it can also be used to identify business cards and add details to a contact or look up items on a menu.The feature is built into Google Assistant, the tech giant’s virtual assistant that also has its own dedicated button on the side of the G7, with the Assistant also controllable using voice commands.The new G7 also has a new … [Read more...] about LG’s new G7 ThinQ comes with AI and an iPhone-style notch
The devices will be available in Spring 2018 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Huawei unveiled its newest MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5 series and the project of its self-driving vehicle. PHOTO: HUAWEI Huawei unveiled its newest MateBook X Pro at the annual Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona on Monday. The Chinese giants also unveiled the MediaPad M5 series and the details of its self-driving vehicle project. “At HUAWEI, we’re guided by a vision of an all-connected world, and to achieve that goal, we invest significantly in research and development to understand the ways in which people interact and connect with technology,” said Richard Yu, CEO of HUAWEI. Few phone makers will survive industry’s brutal economics The Huawei MateBook X Pro is ultra-thin and powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor. It has a full-featured 13.9-inch screen and a 3k touch-enabled display while boasting a battery life of 57.4Wh. PHOTO: HUAWEI … [Read more...] about Huawei unveils MateBook X Pro at Mobile World Congress