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Is Google Voice Smarter than You?

Google Gets More Human

Lauren Messer
Is Google Voice Smarter than You?

How did anyone get answers before we could ask Siri, Cortana, or Google questions directly to our smartphones? With information always at our fingertips, it's rare to walk around not knowing what restaurant is nearby, where your friends are, or what is going on in the world. We are constantly connected to the point where we can even talk to our voice assistants if our hands are tied or we want someone else to do the search work.

Google Voice seems to have pushed its way to the front as the leader as we learned this week that the voice assistant is now more capable than ever to understand complex questions.  

Google Voice is now more capable than ever to understand complex questions.

Our natural tendency as humans is to communicate, well, like humans, which has made interactions with our voice assistant devices a sort of game for young and old alike. Hours can be spent teasing Siri, waiting for the creatively programmed comeback that seems like a direct response to your statement or question. What we fail to remember sometimes is that the entertaining response that we are waiting for was pre-built, by humans, and the voice assistant has limitations of comprehension. It knows the words that we are saying but not always the meaning behind them. This can make a big difference when performing a search.

But, just how much work goes into making voice assistants seem capabale of comprehending? The answer is: a lot. Remember when Google launched its Knowledge Graph in 2012? Well, the development team has continued to build on this platform and the mission of having the search engine understand not only the words, but the intent and real meaning behind the user's query. What does this mean to your average user? It means more accurate responses and attention to detail with the search engine's ability to pull from data in different categories according to the semantics that were used. 

In a blog post published earlier this week, Google's Satyajeet Salgar explained some of the new questions that the voice app will now be able to handle. Want to know "What songs did Taylor Swift record in 2014?" or "Who was the president when the Angels won the world series?" Google Voice can understand the meanining of these questions better and give the user the desired response now. He says that while the voice assistant is not yet perfect, their team is continuing to work to make using Google Voice easier to "find the answer to whatever you're looking for." 



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