Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Google Duplex:Making conversation over the phone to complete real-world tasks

Coming to an age where we can have a natural conversation with the computers has always been staple features of the science fiction. In the recent years, we had seen a subsequent rise both in the technology and the innovativeness shown in the ability of the computers to understand as well as generate natural speech with less room for error. Google Duplex shows the first instance where an AI-powered voice assistant has been able to interact with the human without giving up.

Making the conversation sound smarter thanks Google Duplex

Google Duplex based conversation happens to be more natural than earlier AI conversation because of the advancement made in understanding, speaking, interacting and timing by the AI. Google Duplex exclusively runs on the recurrent neural network (RNN) which is specifically designed to overcome the challenges thrown by the natural conversation. In order to improve the AI capability, Google has trained the Duplex on an innumerable number of phone conversation data.

To offers the best possible answers this [particular network makes use of the Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR’) technology along with other features like the history of conversation, audio, parameters of the conversation and others. Google has effectively trained the model separately for each given task at hand but the processing has leveraged and shared across the tasks which have helped in improving the AI capability with the short time.

Not everyone is happy with Google Duplex

However great this achievement might seem to a number of the tech enthusiasts across the world there are always people who are critical about such tech advances. Some of the critics have found new found favour among the larger audience where they feared the rise in the abuse of small business with Google’s AI in upcoming days. Making an appointment using Google duplex features is so easy and simple that it will result in widespread misuse by the users.

They will indulge in constantly reschedule or simply not care enough to show up as there happens to be no connection in between the user and the human worker who books the appointment. It should also be noted that people aren’t going to feel any remorse for making a large number of requests and change it as per their liking.

Google Duplex  offer huge benefits for businesses and users alike

There are a number of businesses which relies on the booking and many of them had not considered the option of using online systems. Google Duplex will benefit them by making it easier to perform booking of the customers just using the Google Assistant without the need of running day-to-day practices or training the employees. Secondly using the Google Duplex will also help in lowering the no-shows numbers wherein customers will be reminded of the upcoming appointments in a timely fashion. It will also help in making easier to reschedule or cancel if required by the customers.

Thirdly, Google Duplex can also be sued by the customers to call up the businesses and inquire about the thing which isn’t available online like open hours and others. The best thing about Google Duplex it doesn’t add any learning curve for the business and they will go operating like they always do but they will still get benefitted from this new technology.

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Things to Expect from Google I/O This Year Around

Things to Expect from Google I/O This Year Around

Before you get started about Google I/O being for developers, let me just stop you there. Google I/O can be informative for others as well, with only few months away, Google I/O is the place where Google gets to show off. Starting off on the 8th of May to the 10th of the same month, Google I /O is Google’s annual tech conference. The whole purpose is for Google to announce the latest and greatest in their hardware and software and it is also a chance for developers to network and find out more about what they can expect form Google in the coming months and what it will mean for them and their apps.

Wait, Wait before you go ahead and say it is only for developers, I just said it myself…, there is a lot a person can learn from Google’s I/O that they may find useful, like the latest in apps, changes to Android, New Google products and such.

More talk of Android P in Google I/O?

Is Google I/O going to be the place where Google releases the name of Android P? maybe or maybe not. Google has released the developer preview of Android P a while ago and what we do know is that they stopped certification for new devices running Android 7 Nougat. But do we know what the P in Android P stands for, well no.  Maybe Google can help in that department.

We can also expect more details of the OS like the notch, updates for apps and so forth.

Updates for Google Services in Google I/O:

Talking first on what’s scheduled at the Google I/O. Google is planning on giving a little attention to Google Photos this Google I/O. Let’s hope we get to see more cool features from the tech giant in Google Photos.

Another thing on the cards is material changes to Chrome and Google Play services (at least it is an educated guess), Maybe at the Google I/O we will get to see any changes to the design languages in these two platforms.

Another Boost for AR/VR this Google I/O?

Ok let’s be honest Google’s AR/VR hasn’t really taken off for the company and Daydream got off to a bad start in 2017 but hopefully at the Google I/O we can expect new changes to the AR/VR category. Now since it is more accessible and with more changes, if announced at Google I/O then this Google’s platform can get a much needed boost.

What’s in a change of name?

Designated as another session on the agenda, Google recently changed Android Wear to WearOS. Google will also speak more on “WearOS” in this Google I/O session. We will hear more about updates regarding the same.

Google Assistant becoming smarter and is learning more languages?

Google is planning to make Google Assistant available in 30 countries and is also planning on making the assistant be able to grasp 17 new languages. There are also talks of a multi- lingual function that will allow you to switch between two or more languages with Google assistant.

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New Bose–Einstein Condensate Created at Aalto University

New Bose–Einstein Condensate Created at Aalto University

The Bose- Einstein Condensate theory: A Diversification

Looking back, and I mean way back, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Bose came up with a theory that postulates something like this- that by using quantum mechanics, a large number of particles can behave like a concert, basically meaning as if they were a single particle. This theory came to be known as the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory. Fast forwarding a bit, the same theory was later enacted by a group of scientists in the year 1995, which created the first condensate of gas of alkali atoms using the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory.

Researchers today are trying to replicate the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory to make it more fitting for commercial and other applications. By using higher temperatures, faster timescales and smaller sizes, researchers are trying to make adjustments to the Bose- Einstein condensate theory to make it more suitable in a commercial setting. Previously, the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory had to be used in a setting where these factors were not present, but now to make it more viable, scientists have discovered a new way to replicate the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory taking into account these new factors.

The easier version of Bose–Einstein Condensate theory:

Scientists aim at changing the way the Bose- Einstein condensate theory is conducted by taking into account shorter time frames, smaller quantities and higher temperatures. The easier the method gets to replicate the Bose- Einstein condensate theory, the more it has use in various fields. Light sources, of a small size and of this kind could allow for faster information processing and can have exciting technological applications.

Solving the Problem of the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory:

One of the objectives of researchers was to use higher temperatures in replicating the Bose- Einstein condensate theory, so they have discovered a way to do this.

Using a condensed mixture of light and electrons, used in motion in gold nanorods arranged into a periodic array,Researchers were able to get the condensed particles to function as one using room temperature itself. Unlike the initial Bose–Einstein Condensate theory’s experiment the condensed particles did not need to be brought down to near absolute zero temperature, this is because the particles used in the new condensate were mostly light.

How was the new Bose–Einstein Condensate replicated?

The gold nano particle array was easy to create using modern methods of nanofabrication. Then light was passed near the nanorods. A major problem with this technique was that the entire process took about close to a picosecond or one trillionth of a second, which means that scientists could not be sure if what they were seeing was the real deal and by that I mean the real Bose- Einstein condensate theory or a normal laser light production.

Increasing the time…:

Whenever the condensate forms, a light is emitted through the gold nanorod. By getting a chance to observe the light, scientists would know how the condensation is formed. By altering the length of the gold nanorod, scientists would be able to actually see the light by converting distance into time.

This seeing of the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory is important as scientists needed to differentiate between a normal laser light and the light emitting from the Bose–Einstein Condensate theory.

Both the lights are very similar in appearance but there are fundamental differences in their properties, which means that the Bose- Einstein condensate theory’s light would have different technological applications than a normal laser light.

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An Augmented Reality Microscope for Cancer Detection

An Augmented Reality Microscope for Cancer Detection

Google’s Augmented Reality Microscope to Detect Cancer

When we hear the word cancer most of us go into shock. It is more the un-treatability of the disease rather than anything else that most gets to us. Sometimes it is even too far along to do anything but brace for the end. But the case of cancer is even worse in places where treatment is expensive or beyond the scope of many. At a recent event held at the American Association for Cancer research, Google unveiled a revolutionary form of cancer detection, called an augmented reality microscope that helps in detecting cancer in real time.


The whole process of seeking treatment, then discovering the cancer and the type and how far along it has progressed all takes up a lot of time and thus ultimately has a bearing on the quality of life for the individual. Therefore Google believes that the entire process of cancer detection could benefit from deep learning tools.

Adopting Augmented Reality Microscope in the process of cancer detection:

Using deep learning tools in the detection of cancer while it may be effective and quick would never the less be expensive. Another solution then thought of by Google was to use something similar yet feasible, something that could be used on by a small lab or even by developing countries for that matter.

Thus came along augmented reality microscope. This augmented reality microscope could greatly benefit organizations with limited funds in an easy to use manner. It also makes the work of cancer detection fast as it does everything in real time.

Another advantage thought of by the team behind the augmented reality microscope was that this method of detecting cancer would increase awareness and adoption of deep learning tools not only when it comes to cancer but also in the medical field in general.

What does an Augmented Reality microscope do?

Using just an ordinary light microscope, which is something used worldwide by pathologists, Google added AI tech and augmented reality features to it. Then Google used neural networks to identify cancer cells in human tissue.

Finally a slide containing human tissue is seen under the modified microscope. The image of the slide is sent to a computer where the AI system identifies cancer causing cells in the human tissue demarcated with an outline which is then shown on the slide a person is looking at.

So a person then sees on the same slide, the same human tissue, but now with an outline depicting the cancer cells in the tissue. The entire process is done in real time and even accounts for when the pathologist moves the slide to get a better look or to view the tissue at a different angle.

At present Google has tested the augmented reality microscope in detecting breast and prostate cancers. Besides testing for other cancers as well, Google also states that the augmented reality microscope could be also used in detecting tuberculosis and malaria and other infections in the human body.


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Race to the Future: Advanced Vehicle Technologies at the Texas Motor Speedway

Race to the Future: Advanced Vehicle Technologies at the Texas Motor Speedway

The Future of Driving is here with Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars are here to stay but what many of us don’t really know is what powers these amazing vehicles. What is the tech that goes behind all that hard work and drives the vehicle with no human intervention. The Advanced power system Labs is all set to demonstrate to the world- Advanced Vehicle Technologies in O’Reilly 500. The Advanced Power Systems Labs aims at creating awareness about self- driven cars with Advanced Vehicle Technologies and their responses to the environment.At the even to be held at Fort Worth Texas, APS Labs will be developing and testing the communication between vehicles and the capability of these autonomous cars to use their environmental detection sensors to reduce fuel and other electrical charge needs using Advanced Vehicle Technologies.

The O’Reilly 500 event in Fort Worth Texas:

APS Labs will be testing autonomous cars in an environment where people already love cars. NASCAR fans at the event will be able to test and even drive vehicles with Advanced Vehicle Technologies. The Chevy Volt 2017 will be the car up for test drives at the O’Reilly 500 event.

The Volts will be hooked up to sensors that will send data at real time to the lab in a truck that will be stationed close by to the event.

The whole point of the APS Lab in being there is to create awareness so a part of the Advanced Vehicle Technologies, besides testing out these autonomous vehicles with Advanced Vehicle Technologies, will be to allow people to meet with engineers behind this tech and get to know the advancement that goes behind the wheel, safety precautions and cloud computing that will correlate data and help in building the next generation of motor vehicles.

The next Generation Car with Advanced Vehicle Technologies:

Autonomous vehicles is not the only car feature that is on display in the O’Reilly event, APS Labs also wants to create a vehicle with Advanced Vehicle Technologies that is low on consumption of fuel.

To create an energy efficient vehicle is a common aim in today’s world and to do that APS Labs is trying to improve power train control tech which is the tech that powers the pick- up of a vehicle. Another way that APS Labs aims at reducing fuel consumption is through enhancing the communications between vehicles, the communication between the vehicle and the infrastructure and the communication between the vehicle to traffic.  For all this to work, these systems require cloud computing.

The testing of the Autonomous Vehicles with Advanced Vehicle Technologies:

APS Labs aims at testing the response of such  vehicles with Advanced Vehicle Technologies in an actual setting and in real time. The lab which is situated close by to the event will be able to receive real time feedback from the cars that will send data from the car via sensors.

It is very important that research takes place in a real life environment rather that a stimulated one. With Adequate testing and control of the cars on the field, researchers were able to improve Advanced Vehicle Technologies dealing with powertrain and reduce fuel consumption by 20%. In this objective APS Labs has been successful and not only that, it has also created awareness among people about the Advanced Vehicle Technologies in such cars.

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