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Google eases tech stress with app controls, booking assistant

Google showed how its email programme can suggest sentences and how Google Assistant can call a salon

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Prime Minister Modi launched 'Digital India' in 2014 after which Facebook and Google started meeting with the Prime Minister's Office

Google on Tuesday showed how its virtual assistant can now call restaurants and salons to book appointments, navigating complex conversations, as the unit acknowledged that a technological onslaught was leaving users frazzled and needing a cure.

The demonstrations at Google I/O, an annual event for creators of Google-compatible products, showed how big technology
companies are positioning themselves for a lucrative artificial intelligence revolution while grappling with heightened scrutiny about their societal influence. Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and other officials said Google should find ways to reduce stress from and improve customers’ “digital well-being.” “We can’t just be wide-eyed about the innovations creates,” he added.

Google showed how its email programme can suggest sentences and how can call a salon or restaurant to make an appointment or reservation.

A new tool in its Android software, which runs most of the world’s mobile phones, will notify users how much they are using and let them set limits for themselves and family members.

Google, Facebook Inc , Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and other leaders are vying to keep users in their to maintain booming businesses of selling ads, goods or online computing services.

Amazon’s Echo has taken the lead on “smart speakers” using voice assistants. Offloading tasks to virtual assistants to manage photos, emails and schedules is part of the companies’ remedy for decreasing screen time.

First Published: Wed, May 09 2018. 22:05 IST
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