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Piece of code within FaceUnlock could belong to Majel, the rumored personal assistant for Android devices

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Piece of code within FaceUnlock could belong to Majel, the rumored personal assistant for Android devices
Take it as you will, but the program code that you see in the screenshot below could be part of Android's rumored personal assistant, possibly codenamed Majel. The strings were discovered within the FaceUnlock application code found in the Android software development kit, and at a glance, they contain responses that one might expect getting from a Siri-like app or feature.

It is rumored that bringing the aforementioned personal assistant to Android is a task assigned to the Google X team, which we heard of last year. According to people supposedly familiar with the matter, the highly secretive group of people has been working on  projects involving artificial intelligence for the past few years. And they have gotten pretty far, sources claim – the said software achieved a 93% success rate during a Turing Test. For those of you who have not heard of it before, the Turing Test measures a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior.

Here is how insiders describe Google's AI software:

  ...our AI is practically like talking to a human. Siri can give you information, but we can give you conversation. We can also go full genius mode which essentially gives you the sum of internet knowledge via conversation.

It can do objects by using an advanced version of the Google Goggles software. It also has a suite of basically every sensor that could be put on it; optical, laser, infrared, ultrasonic, depth cameras, etc.

It needs an internet connection. Last I heard, it was using an average of only a couple hundred kilobytes per second. Most of the processing is done onboard, internet is used for external information.

Of course, the above information belongs to the realm of rumors for now, so it could all be totally made up. But if it turns out to be real, wouldn't it be cool if one could have a real conversation with their Android smartphone? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.


Could this code belong to Majel?

Could this code belong to Majel?





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posted on 02 Feb 2012, 05:08 7

1. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


this is actually awsome!!!!!!!! cannot wait for this.

Apple just buy people off, they brought siri they didnt create it.

This is why i will always support google android, continual innovation.

This could potentiallychange the whole smartphone market.

well done google. Just please up your marketing to make people aware of the potential of android

and for the love of god PATENT THIS

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 05:16 3

2. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


i just hope this get real soon! :) android for life hommie :D

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:38 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


the soonest we might see it is the IO in summer

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:03 3

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know I can't wait to see what the 2012 IO will have for us.

I have been telling people that the Google X team is something special. Apple doesn't have that type of talent working on INNOVATIVE stuff like the Google X team.

Apple's Google X equivalent is money. Meaning they buy innovative tech,..... like my home girl Siri, who Nuance made possible, NOT Apple! lol

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 05:24 6

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6742; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Wait...Google's been working on a personal voice assistant for the past three years?!

*glares at the iFanboys*

If I even hear a single ECHO of the bulls**t you spew about Android copying iOS simply because it was released afterward...

*holds up the operational history of Android and Google's acquisition of it, with the only major change being a switch to a touchscreen dominant interface* ...

*then holds up the history of Siri, which was almost entirely developed by companies which were NOT Apple, with Apple only being tangentially involved in integrating it with iOS in the PAST YEAR*...

...I will unleash the Titans of Hell itself upon you.

PS

While I still think an AI that is essentially a vast library of potential responses to a vast library of possible queries/statements is kind of gimmicky and nearly pointless, the centralized voice commands would be cool. Especially if they can get that data consumption down. I mean, Jiminy, 200 kilobits a second? That adds up over time.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:49 3

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


AI is more than just that, its capable of actually "learn" what you teach it or learn from its limitations based on common programming error.

in theory a program with created to open doors can open any kind of door and it might be seeing as AI because of the large array of doors it can open but maybe a fail in the code will make the program unusable or stupid when the door is already open (giving you an error or closing the door in order to open it again) yet a program with AI can learn that the door is open and can simply invite the people to pass.

in resume a program with FULL AI like a human can get adapted to its surroundings and able to deal with any circumstances, a program with a low level of AI cant.

Siri (and even androids own program) have a low level of AI they might fail to learn new things

and you know the android haters will come crying bloody murder, its what they do.... they are happy that their company steps its game up but when android does... its a bad things

HATERS WILL HATE as they know nothing else

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 05:42 3

4. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Google didn't copy any one. But now i have to say what ifans always say google will release majel which is polished and not a beta version. While siri was rushed to get it first into the market.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:38 1

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


*cough cough* as I already told some other people android as far as 4.0 can read your lips and understand your facial expressions, Google itself is being turned into a bunch of pieces that need a "key" to be complete, Google seems to be taking its time gathering the pieces so they just need to tow in the AI (AKA doing the hard part) so this AI has ALMOST complete knowledge about humanity

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:18 3

11. asimo (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Skynet!!!!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:28 2

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


It better not betray us.....

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:49 3

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5565; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@Sniggley - you shouldn't be surprised at the iFans attempts to disparage Google's AI work.... They are just spreading lies in an attempt to confuse the lies for truth.

On the merits, however, I think an AI-based assistant would embarrass Siri. Kind of how Apple and Google compared on notifications until iOS v. 5 was released.

In any event, I am looking forward to seeing Google's take on an AI-based assistant. It looks like the technology will make it to ICS, which means sooner rather than later. Props to Google.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 06:58 3

9. Sniggly (Posts: 6742; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


FYI, iPhone notifications STILL suck compared to Android's. You don't even know what notifications you have until 1) you pull down the notification bar or 2) you're at the main screen, which defeats the purpose of having the bar in the first place. Hell, unless you're on the main screen, you don't even know that you HAVE notifications waiting, because there are no mini icons in the status bar.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:50 2

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5565; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple has improved the iOS 5 notifications function to the point where it is no longer a joke. The rotating triangle gives a summary of the e-mail (who from & subject), but there is no persistence (after the rotating triangle goes away, you don't know you have a waiting e-mail). As you posted, Android has a persistent notifications function. Also, Android's notifications function is for more than just e-mail.

But now, the iFans don't have to sulk away to the dark corners of the room when the discussion is about notifications - they can lie that iOS notification function is the best, when in fact it isn't. Expect the same to occur when Google's AI-based assistant debuts in Android. The iFans have no choice but to lie when confronted by superior Google technology - look at the lies that have been spewed about Android's 'laggy UI'....

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 07:10

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i dont personally like voice assisted stuff. i like looking it up on my own. but this could help out alot of android users that can't spell as well as others, solely because you can talk and it brings it up or tells you. quite handy for people like my father

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:21 1

15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1185; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


"You Shall Not PASS!" Can't wait for this lol

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 08:29 2

16. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Wow they 1 upped Apple at their own game, and as others have said, Apple purchased Sir I not created it. Google needs to advertise this as another reason it has features Apple doesn't have.

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