Google’s response to Apple’s voice recognition/virtual personal assistant, previously dubbed “Project Majel” has reportedly gone through a name change, according to TechCrunch. Although Google has had in-house voice recognition for a while, Assistant plans to go above and beyond the current capabilities of Siri. The assistant team of developers is headed by Amit Singhal, the Google search engineer responsible for the search algorithms we use on a daily basis, including the ranking system that Google uses to rank pages as results. Singhal has a fairly impressive resume and is the recipient of plenty of prestigious awards for his service and innovations in the information retrieval sector. With him at the helm, it’s no doubt that Assistant will turn out exactly the way we hope.
According to reports, the project has three parts:
- Get the world’s knowledge into a format a computer can understand
- Create a personalization layer — Experiments like Google +1 and Google+ are Google’s way of gathering data on precisely how people interact with content.
- Build a mobile, voice-centered “Do engine” (‘Assistant’) that’s less about returning search results and more about accomplishing real-life goals.
Unlike Apple and their closed loop of hardware-software interaction, Google plans on in the involvement of the Assistant project and third-party developers, opening up the prospect of tying Google Assistant into the depths of your device. Cool, huh? The project has reportedly been given a Q4 release period, which is a pretty long way down the road, but better late than never, right? Hit the break for an interesting video regarding the evolution of search and its future capabilities.
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