Hey, Google Assistant sounds like John Legend (and other advances from Google I/O)

Google promoted its advances in artificial intelligence by showing how machines can make phone calls just like humansand even sound like John Legend.

In a demonstration on Tuesday, Google Assistant, which is built into phones and Google Home speakers, called local businesses to make reservations. Google Assistant is similar to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

“A big part of getting things done is making phones calls,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O developer conference. Pichai went on to demonstrate a “real call” where the assistant dialed up a hair salon and talked to the person on the other end to schedule an appointment.

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Lars M. B. Anthonisen is Global Account Lead @ Google. Previously, he held various digital marketing positions at media companies across Europe and Asia including Regional Digital Director at MediaCom APAC, CMO at Adform and Digital Manager at Universal McCann Worldwide.