So far this month…
A lot has been happening in the world of technology this month. You can now use Google Assistant to make appointments with a new addition to it’s functionality; Facebook is launching a new dating app to compete with Tinder; Ticketmaster is trialling a pilot program for facial recognition instead of concert tickets.
Google Assistant has a new feature that will make phone calls for you
Google Assistant was unveiled at the recent Google I/O conference to have a new feature called “Duplex”. This feature allows you to ask your Google Assistant to ring and make appointments for you. This advance in AI provides what appears to be a seamless experience for the person on the other end of the phone with the AI adding in human-like mannerisms including ‘um’s and ‘ah’s to make the user experience more realistic.
The question is, are realism and the deception of humans on the other end of the phone providing “good user experience”? When did convincing one human that they are holding a conversation with another human become the best way forward? Surely the parameters for testing a good experience was if the quality of the call matched that of a human. Should the person on the end of the call be made aware of whom/what they are talking to?
Facebook is launching a new dating app, Facebook Dating
In order to complete with Tinder, Facebook has decided to release a new Dating App. Here is what we know so far:
- Dating will not “co-mingle” with the rest of your Facebook experience and the app will live separately from the rest of the network’s tools or features.
- Your friends will not be able to see if you’re using the dating features
- You won’t be matched with any of your existing Facebook friends who are using it
- It won’t be available to those who have indicated they are “Married” or “In a Relationship” on their profiles
TicketMaster is trialling facial recognition in place of concert tickets
Live Nation, Ticketmaster’s parent company, recently announced a pilot program to ditch tickets in favor of advanced facial recognition technology.
For the pilot, Ticketmaster partnered with Blink Identity, a Texas-based biometric company that previously worked to implement biometric security programs in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The company claims it can make a positive ID in “half a second,” even if those being scanned aren’t looking directly at its cameras. Once scanned, the system flies through a potential database of tens (or hundreds) of thousands of attendees in an attempt to make a positive ID. Only then will it grant entry to the event. Is it likely that this bio-software would be used only for good, and not by the government to target minorities?
Source: The Next Web