A blog post cleared most of the doubt around the technology, called Duplex and answered questions which Google didn't onstage. Should Duplex identify itself as non-human or would that significantly diminish its chances of success and its efficacy? Zeynep Tufekci, a writer and faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, was appalled, tweeting that it showed "Silicon Valley is ethically lost, rudderless and has not learned a thing".
"We spent two years telling people "this is how to make Material yours", and it didn't work", Duarte said shortly after Google lifted the lid on its updated vision for software design. "What we showed at I/O, is just an early demo, and we look forward to useful feedback will be taken into account when developing the product", - said in Google.
The most headline-grabbing announcement was probably the revelation that singer and actor John Legend would lend his voice to Google's AI assistant platform later this year. However, the most interesting of them were the artificial intelligence-backed enhancements to Google Assistant that arguably make it the most advanced voice-based personal assistant out there.
The voice was under control of Google's DeepMind WaveNet software that has been trained using lots of conversations so it knows what humans sound like and can mimic them effectively. Nonetheless, the Assistant's new prowess will raise questions on the future of this technology and whether we might soon have virtual assistants that sound more human.
Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut
Hailstorm is also likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the same period. In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.
Like so many of Google's wide-reaching initiatives, I feel "digital wellbeing" is rooted in a good place. In fact, you probably wouldn't even notice the Google assistant wasn't a real human assistant. Although Android security patches are released on a monthly basis, manufacturers tend to roll them out later compared to Google's own hardware or, as was discovered last month, lie about having deployed those updates in the first instance. The new versions of Gmail, Google News, Google Play and Google Home all use Material Theming to create a "cohesive, branded experience".
This could be a dystopian vision, but it doesn't have to be that way, the Google scientist concluded.