Google Assistant announced at I/O, context-aware search

Google made bots useful.


Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai is on stage at the Google I/O keynote and just announced the first new product, Google Assistant. It’s a context-aware voice-search, but we can think of it as the first bot that’s usable by real people.

The idea here is that you can simply look at a photo and say “Who designed this?” and get the answer.

Pichai went on to describe some other use cases including context-aware voice searches in the car using Google Auto. This has the potential to actually manage our online lives safely while behind the wheel.


Things get much more exciting when a chain of voice searches helped him find the most recent moves, which leveraged his location to provide recommendations available in his area. Then he refined the search to kid-appropriate movies and then, the important commercial opportunity, allowed him to easily book 4 tickets to that movie.

This is powerful.



Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis.
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