Google Assistant's New Voices Are Now Live

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Yesterday, was the kickoff of Google I/O, the annual 3-day tech festival where Google unveils the new tech it will use to take over the world. And a 2017 industry report by MindShareWorld found that more than a quarter of users fantasize about having sex with their voice assistant. "But it's not strictly interchangeable between genders".

For those who missed out on the announcement, musician John Legend is also expected to have his voice brought onto Google Assistant later this year, so if you want to feel what it might be like to speak to Legend on a daily basis, this is an update you can look forward to. However, all that changes now with the addition of an ability that enables users to create custom routines and also to schedule routines for a specific date or time, which would be rolling out a few months down the line. Company CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google has been working on newer and more life-like version of its spoken AI that features natural voice that is "closer to how humans speak". So it's essential to get male voices in the mix, and get them checking the weather and making shopping lists, too. To do this, you have to program the Google Assistant to recognise the voices of the different people speaking.

"Just because you have the option doesn't mean that people will necessarily choose it. Passion gets you a lot further", Legend said. Now Google is attempting to improve with a new array of voices.

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