back to article Google wants to 'supercharge Assistant' with AI as Meta gives bots a personality

The chatbot craze isn't slowing any time soon. Google is understood to be injecting generative AI features into its digital assistant. Meanwhile Meta is said to be planning to launch virtual agents with various personas. Google Assistant was introduced in 2016, and was accessible via the web giant's Allo app and voice- …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Modeled after Abraham Lincoln

    U: "Hey Google, how do I get to the theater?"

    G: "Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself."

    U: "What?"

    G: "I never tire of reading Tom Paine"

    U: "Tell me about the theater!"

    G: "I do not care much for the theater" [1]

    (User swears at Nest speaker, grabs phone and opens Maps)

    [1] this quote may have come from his vampire hunting days...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How would Zuck know about personalities?

    I mean, on account of not having one himself, how would he know what it even is?

  3. big_D Silver badge

    It makes sense that Google are looking to integrate LLM, and I assumed that they (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google & Meta) were all working on it, in the background, already.

    The problem is, ChatGPT is a bit of fun, and if it throws up the wrong answers, well, it is still an experiment, it isn't a product that is good enough or consistent enough for daily use. But if you have a voice assistant, you want it to do what you tell it and to give you correct answers. (Yes, I know, that isn't very good at the moment, either.)

    If you are sitting at a keyboard and ChatGPT & Co. give you some wild answer, you can go, "wait, what?" And look into it. If you are out and about, using voice, you generally don't have the time to stop & think about the answer and a "wait, what?" moment will just get you frustrated & you won't use it again.

    This is where the additional testing is really needed, before you can expose the product to the world. The problem is, you get half finished products like ChatGPT, that provide some good answers, but it is a coin toss, whether you get a sensible answer or an hallucination.

    They can't afford that, with a "real" assistant, it is better that it remains half-way usable in its current form, rather than giving wrong answers half the time or not doing what you have told it to do. An AI overhaul for beta users? Yes. An AI overhaul, without sufficient testing & proven accuracy for the general population? No way.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So the chatbots will have Genuine People Personalities?

    Don't talk to them about life.

  5. TheMaskedMan Silver badge

    As if Facebook wasn't awful enough as it is, users now have bots doing (no doubt crap) impressions of people. Can't wait.

    I've never used assistant myself, having disabled it the moment I acquired a phone with it on. But having recently watched a gentleman trying to get it to make a call instead of giving him a weather forecast, I can't see how it will be improved by hallucinations.

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