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Scott Huffman, VP, Engineering

May 18, 2018

Scott Huffman

Google’s Duplex AI voice assistant will identify itself as a robot

..... ‘We don’t want to pretend to be a human,’ designer Ryan Germick said in an interview with Bloomberg. However, Germick and Scott Huffman, an executive on Google’s Assistant team, said part of the goal was to make Duplex as human as possible so that it could hold more nuanced, believable conversations. Pichai showed off the new technology at the I/O conference, which kicked off on Tuesday in Mountain View, California and runs through Thursday. .....

May 14, 2018

Scott Huffman

Google Assistant aspires to be likable rather than life-like

..... While Duplex can pass as human during a short conversation about a very narrow topic, the full Google Assistant running on Google Home smart speakers doesn't aspire to seem alive. Instead, Google Assistant is brushing up on its social skills to become a better conversationalist, says Google Assistant vice president of engineering Scott Huffman. "We all know the smart speaker sitting on your kitchen bench isn't a real person, so there's no reason for it to sound more human just for the sake of it," Huffman says. .....