During a presentation at this year’s I/O – Google’s annual festival for developers – CEO Sundar Pichai showed off a stunning demo of Google Assistant making a phone call. In the demonstration, Pichai played a footage of Google Assistant calling up a hair salon and booking an appointment on behalf of the phone’s owner. The amazing bit is that Google Assistant sounds like an actual human. People on the other end did not know they were talking to a computer. When you listen to the audio, you will have difficulty in discerning who’s the Google Assistant and who’s the human.
Furthermore, Google Assistant is able to pick up on small human mannerisms. While speaking to the salon receptionist, you hear the Assistant says things like “umm” and “mm-hmm”. Even if the conversation veers off topic or doesn’t go as expected, the program can still react intelligently. It simply passes the Turing test which is proposed by computer scientist Alan Turing in 1950, it’s a way of potentially evaluating a machine’s ability to demonstrate intelligent behavior. To pass the Turing test, a computer’s natural language responses would have to sound just like a human’s.
Although the demo met with loud applause, it prompted a controversial response from the technology world – critics are questioning whether Google is going too far with its AI (Artificial Intelligence) Assistant. Technology is all about helping people, not to deceive humans by adding a level of deception. Nowadays we already can’t trust what we see on the internet, and soon we can’t trust what we hear. And imagine this technology is used in cold calling and spamming.
Google has since clarified that its Assistant will identify itself while making calls, which removes the initial ethical question. However, early uproar still clearly points to the fact that plenty of people just don’t want to treat machines like human. Instead of trying to have meaningful conversations with humans, Google Assistant should butt out and let real people focus on having meaningful conversations with each other. How about you? Do you mind your Google Assistant to sound like your friend or make phone calls for you?
In 1976, the orbiter of the Viking spacecraft photographed a rock formation that, from high above, looked like a human face. The “Face on Mars” made headlines around the world. In 1978, a woman from New Mexico found her tortilla’s blackened spots resembled Jesus’s face. The press latched on to the story and thousands of people flocked to New Mexico to see the savior in burrito form. In 1994, a woman from Florida also had a similar encounter. After biting into a slice of toast and placing it back down on the plate, she noticed the face of the Virgin Mary in it. Immediately, she stopped eating and stored the divine message (minus a bite) in a plastic container. In 2004, she auctioned the still fairly well preserved snack on eBay. Her daily bread earned her $28,000.
And you? Have you ever seen faces in the clouds or the outlines of animals in rocks? Of course you did. This is pretty normal. As a human, we always seek patterns and rules. If we find no familiar patterns, we simply create one. My father studies the electronic roulette games in casinos for years. He told me he had discovered a pattern to predict future results from the previous results. His theory works sometimes, but fails most of the time. I didn’t tell him that the electronic roulette software was written by me and the game results generated are purely random.
We are always oversensitive when it comes to recognizing the patterns. Regain your skepticism. If you think you have discovered a pattern, first consider it pure chance. If it seems too good to be true, find an expert or a mathematician and have the data analyzed statistically. If your pancake starts to look a lot like Jesus’s face, ask yourself: If he really wants to reveal himself, why doesn’t he do it in St Peter’s Square or on CNN?
I know people who graduated college at 21, and didn’t get a salary job until they were 27.
I know people who graduated at 25 and already had a salary job.
I know people who have children and are single.
I know people who are married and had to wait 8-10 years to be parents.
I know people who are in a relationship and love someone else.
I know people who love each other and aren’t together.
There are people waiting to love and be loved.
My point is, everything in life happens according to our time, our clock.
You may look at your friends and some may seem to be ahead or behind you, but they’re not.
They’re living according to the pace of their clock, so be patient. You’re not falling behind, it’s just not your time.
– Julissa Loaiza
Everyone has a purpose in life, its all about waiting for yours.
Price Lawrence, a teacher at Highlands Elementary in Huntsville, Alabama, was upset at work after his father-in-law passed away over the weekend. Lawrence said his students noticed he wasn’t acting normal so he told them what happened. After he dismissed the class, one little girl walked up to him and put something in his hand.
Lawrence shared the touching story on Facebook.
This morning, during first period, my kids could tell that I was a little off. When they asked why I wasn’t acting normal I explained to them that my wife’s father had passed away this weekend and that I was worried about her. They all said they were sorry and then we got started on our work. While standing at my door giving hugs and high fives at dismissal to 2nd period one little girl put something in my hand. She told me, “This is for your wife. I know it was real expensive when my daddy died and I don’t really want ice cream today anyways.” I wish the world would pay more attention to children. We could learn a lot from them.
The main goal of this blog is to make the readers feel a little more positive by posting some inspiration contents. But ever imagined an app on our mobile to delight ourselves and brighten our day? I searched on internet and the following apps are suggested that can bring positive vibes to our everyday life. Just download one of them, start using it and comment whether it works for you.
This app can help you think positively as it helps you set goals in different “tracks” of your life. Each track has its own little quizzes, games and activities. These activities are often as simple as asking you to list things you are grateful for or noticing positive words in a game and avoiding negative ones.
Pozify rewards you for being a positive person. It encourages you to spread positive messages. The app rewards people for creating and spreading valuable content on the web. The points you get for spreading positive content can be used to trade in for gift cards or cool products.
3. Positive Thinking
The key for changing your life is the power of positive thinking. The “Positive Thinking” app has an index of different motivational topics including steps to develop positive thinking, methods to eliminate negative emotions, methods to attract wealth, tips to develop a positive attitude and emotional quotes.
4. Live Happy
The “Live Happy” app tries to make your life a little happier. This app is filled with different activities for you to evaluate your goals, keep track of happy days, maintain a gratitude journal and remember random acts of kindness.
5. Gratitude Journal
The process of writing down what you are grateful for every day can have a positive impact on your life and on your outlook on the future. The “Gratitude Journal” app prompts you to write down 5 things you are grateful for every day. You can even add photos to your lists as well. The app makes it easy for you to rate your feelings and add notes so you can continue to incorporate this positive thinking approach to your everyday life.