Google Assistant will have a more developed personality and possibly a childhood backstory

Google Assistant will have a more developed personality and possibly a childhood backstory
A while back we saw the direction Google's headed with the new voice of its virtual assistant. The company is striving to break away from the monotone voices of today's assistant apps and to make its new offering sound as natural as possible. Integral part of this undertaking are Google employees Natalie Hammel and Lorraine Yurshansky, collectively known as “Nat & Lo”, who are lending their soothing voices for the new project.



However, a more natural sounding voice assistant can only achieve so much without being relatable to its human users. That's why Google is now taking a page out of Apple's and Microsoft's books in hopes to build a character, and even a backstory, for the new Google Assistant. The company has turned to Ryan Germick, head of the Google Doodle team, and freelance artist Emma Coats who will help shape the new personality.

Talking about the challenges of making an AI assistant smarter and more empathetic at Moogfest in North Carolina, Emma Coats, who has a background as a storyboard artist for Pixar, said that she and Gremick are tasked with creating the “most-well rounded character that we ever have tried” and that one of the biggest challenges is how to make it more relatable. In order to achieve this vision, Google is looking to develop a more believable personality, complete with a childhood backstory, that will be able to express emotions and engage with the users in a more entertaining and compassionate way.

From what Google showed at its I/O conference, the new Google Assistant looks very, very capable. It's still early for the new AI, but Google is planning to incorporate it in everything from Android phones, to cars, to the households of tomorrow. We can only hope that the increased performance will be peppered with a new layer of Siri-like sassiness.

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22 Comments

1. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

This is sooo funny! I mean, your parents will be laughing in tears. "Look ma! I'm a banana!". But why the hell are you sharing this to the world?

2. Klesk

Posts: 4; Member since: May 27, 2016

Man, imagine all the inappropriate questions...

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh heck no! Suddenly Google Now will start showing cards for all sorts of stuff I wont want my family to see.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think anyone's going to care about your collection of Teletubby pics and tv episodes.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

As opposed to all the sheep photos that you'd have stockpiled from your browser searches.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You should consider getting psychological help.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You should consider getting your head removed from you ass.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you have much room to talk considering how far your head is up yours.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Childhood back story?... for a program? "I remember back when I was a simple string of code, early in development..." I don't know about this.... it just seems like a really odd ambition.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Can I have an assistant with daddy issues?

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Or an assistant with cluelessness issues?

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No thanks, I don't need an assistant with your personality ;)

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

#Truth

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh so now you're finally starting to see the absurdity of some of the stuff Google does. This is one of them.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

See, that's the key difference between you and everyone else, We cal all be critical of companies we like. You get outrageously angry when someone speaks poorly of Apple even if it's for something that's more offensive than that you criticize other companies of doing.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*yawn* Can't you come up with anything else?

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're a load your mom should have swallowed. Different enough for you?

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And you're still my little b***h.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's bitch, not b***h. If you had balls you'd be able to type it but seeing as you don't have a pair I guess I was expecting too much of you.

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Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 01, 2016

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6. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

skynet anyone?

22. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Hey for once, I like the Google Assistant. It finally starts to seem as fun and interesting to use as Cortana and Siri!

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