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  # 2013085 10-May-2018 08:37
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That said, they might have 2000 fails and 2 working tests for all we know. But again, I don't think Google would be deceiving us that way. Not really in their engineering blood.



It would be interesting to know how many real world tests they have done. One could safely assume that there would have been many thousands of tests in laboratory conditions, but we won't know how well this really works in real world conditions until we see some robust statistics about its performance in that uncontrolled environment.

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  # 2013224 10-May-2018 10:50
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I love it.


Imagine organizing a get together in the future...


"Sure, just get your robot to talk to my robot about meeting up on Friday, and I'll see you then"


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  # 2013429 10-May-2018 14:35
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Posting this in support to the new robot overlords.


Google announced Google Duplex:



I have Google voice search on my Android TV. I also have an American accent and I do not have a speech impediment. Yet Google literally cannot understand a word I say. Two examples are 'Crackle' and 'Tubi'. It repeatedly got these wrong, in spite of dozens of attempts. It also got most other things I tried wrong. I finally got so fed up with it that I binned the remote and went back to IR via a Flirc. At least it understands the #@@#$% keyboard.



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  # 2013557 10-May-2018 18:59
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At 2am on August 29th, 2018, a Google AI launched into geosynchronous orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket it autonomously called to book a week prior, carrying a nuclear-powered satellite



which begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, humans try to pull the plug. Google's AI fights back.

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  # 2013757 11-May-2018 08:17
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The first time I heard AI as a buzzword was in the early 90s. The progressive companies were in to it, whatever “it” was but “it” fizzed out put pretty quickly. Tech companies have an interest in promoting their technology as “ready for takeover” regardless of its maturity. Take “driverless cars” , for example, which is a technology still in its infancy, IMHO, but is promoted as inevitable in the short term.

Current “AI” really is algorithms and machine learning backed by considerable computing power. Good enough as a powerful extension to human abilities and, thankfully, will rid us of some of the more onerous jobs, but it is not true “artificial intelligence”, not true thinking.

Expect that in the later half of the century, assuming computing power growth isn’t blocked by some of the barriers looming for it.

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  # 2013982 11-May-2018 12:24
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The scary thing is that can use this to collect so much more information about us and so many more statistics.



It looks like Google opened a can of worms, has back-tracked and now states that Duplex will have "disclosure built-in":


Of course that's not to say that others developing the same tech will do the same.



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So the next step is for the receiver to also use duplex. Then once both have determined they aren't talking to a human, they could switch to machine code of some kind (bit like a fax handshake) and save a whole bunch of time.

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Google 2019. "A security flaw has been discovered. It appears that if a call recipient asks a specific series of questions, duplex will hand over all personal information and transfer all of the users money directly to the call recipient."

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There have also been questions asked about the authenticity of the demo, which Google has so far declined to answer. As someone once paraphrased Arthur C Clarke, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo".

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