Some Google Pixel owners can use the company's Duplex call service. Angela Lang / CNET Some Google Pixel owners can…
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The search giant’s human sounding artificial intelligence call Service is available to a small group of Pixel owners in “select cities,” VentureBeat reported Wednesday. It startedin June.
Google confirmed the accuracy of its statement to VentureBeat, but declined to add any further details. A spokesperson told VentureBeat: “We are currently ramping up the ability to book restaurant reservations through the Google Assistant over the phone using Duplex technology … To help deliver a good experience to Pixel users and businesses, we’re starting with a slow rollout … and will expand to more Pixel users as we continue to ramp up. “
VentureBeat notes that New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco were previously announced as the pilot locations.
VentureBeat shows Duplex – which is used in– in action. You ask Assistant to make a reservation and it asks you questions about the number of people, date and time (it will ask for a window of time if the exact one is not available). Assistant will tell you if it’s been successful and note it in your phone’s reservations list.
It also recorded a call from the restaurant’s perspective, giving us a sense of how human the Duplex sounds.
Oh, and if it sounds creepy to you, take solace in the fact that the company designed it.
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