Google’s AI Assistant can now make real phone calls and it’s frightening to listen to

Google’s AI Assistant can now make real phone calls and it’s frightening to listen to

Siri, do you understand the words coming out of my mouth?
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Siri’s getting a makeover — at least that’s what the Apple digital assistant strongly hinted at with its responses about the upcoming Apple developer conference.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC, is next month and if you ask the voice assistant (I refuse to call an AI a gendered pronoun) what to expect, it hints at a software update and new default voice — and what sounds like a new HomePod speaker. The ApplePost appears to have first discovered Siri giving away conference information when asked.

What will Siri sound like?

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Software update for Siri?

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A new HomePod perhaps?

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Siri has fallen behind Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant in terms of capability, so this may be the much-needed improvement to the voice-enabled assistant that everyone’s been asking for. Siri often struggles with understanding commands, and having a natural conversation with the AI is not very intuitive due to its limitations.

It also sounds like Siri’s voice will change — possibly from its default female-sounding tenor to a typically male one. Earlier this month Google introduced new voices for its Assistant, including the male voice of singer John Legend. Alexa now has male-sounding assistant options, even if the default voice (and name) is distinctly female. So is it Siri’s turn for a male makeover? iOS already has several male options in different dialects and languages, but this could be a bold default change coming up.

We reached out to Apple to confirm what Siri told us. We’ll update this post if and when we hear back.

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