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09 May, 2018 | 02.14AM IST
Google I/O 2018 Keynote Highlights: AI in healthcare; Android P puts focus back on simplicity, intelligence & addresses pain points
Google I/O kicks-off today, with an opening keynote led by CEO Sundar Pichai. The biggest news of the day will be what’s next in the latest version of Android, code-named P.
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And, it's a wrap
With the keynote address over, day 1 at the much awaited, Google I/O 2018 is over.
Waymo & Simulation
Waymo uses simulation to train its self-driving cars, and the systems have driven more than 5 billion miles in simulation. Waymo is running a constant simulation with 25k cars in it.
Waymo CEO John Krafcik In The Hot Seat
Talks about using deep learning, a subset of machine learning, that he says helped reduce Waymo's error rate for detecting pedestrians by 100x. Phoenix is launching Waymo later this year.
The Joy Of Discovery
Now, Google Maps will have a new score called Your Match that is powered by AI to find you places based on your preferences.
Focus on Lens
Aparna Chennapragada just finished talking some big plans for Lens, combining with Maps.
Mapping The Map
Soon, you'll be able to get updates from small businesses and book appointments and make orders from within Google Maps' For You tab.
Lens Gets Smarter
Starting next week, Google Lens will be integrated right into the camera app of Google Pixel devices, LG G7, and other Android phones. New features for Lens now includes smart text selection which will help the phone camera understand words.
An enhanced Google Lens?
Google Lens is using image and object recognition to identify stuff in photos: landmarks, food, etc. Street View will now call out locations with on-screen overlays.
Android P is pain-less?
Android P has put focus back on simplicity, addresses pain points. The single Home button looks like a toffee. Overview has recent apps, predicted apps, and a Google search button.
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"With Android P, we put a special emphasis on simplicity by addressing many pain points and when the experience was more complicated than you thought it would be," Burke says.
- Dave Burke
AI intimidating to developers
Burke says that AI expertise is hard to come by, and it's intimidating to developers. So Google is launching a new set of AI APIs called ML Kit.
More Power to Android
Dave Burke talks about the beginning of Android with the T-Mobile G1. "We think smartphones should be smarter. They should learn from you and adapt to you," he says.
Google partnered with its AI subsidiary DeepMind to work on what it calls Adaptive Battery - fixing battery life on Android.
AI-driven Google News is here!
Today we're rolling out an all-new @GoogleNews—using the best of AI to organize what’s happening in the world to he… https://t.co/PIcwtvvTM9
The design of the Google News app uses Google's new Material Theme design philosophy.
AI in News
Upstill says that Google News will use reinforcement learning, an AI training technique, to better understand user behaviour.
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Revamped Google News
New Google News will give you key 5 stories right at the top when you open the app. The app will feature big headlines, local news, YT videos, and more.
AI & Google News
Pichai's optimism about the news business continues, says that there's "more great journalism being produced today than ever before". He admits that it's also true that people turn to Google in times of need and there is a responsibility to provide that information.
"We want to make sure we're giving them deeper insight and the fuller perspective," Pichai says before passing on the baton to Trystan Upstill who will talk about the Google News redesign.
"We want to work with organisations and journalists to help develop innovative products and programs that help the industry."
- Sundar Pichai
Pichai's India reference
Pichai is optimistic about journalism and news. He says quality journalism is the foundation to how democracies work. The Google CEO recalls a story from his childhood about getting the newspaper in India - only after his grandfather and father - and how news was digested back then.
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Also in the works: Combining notifications into a daily digest. And YouTube is likely to roll out all these features this week, says Pichai.
Come on, get up!
Pichai says apps like YouTube will soon have reminders for breaks. There’s a dashboard that will show your phone usage and tell you to stop.
Pichai goes FOMO, too!
Pichai mentions FOMO, says "We think there's a chance for us to do better."
We're onto digital well-being, the increasing social pressure to respond to anything right away and tech anxiety.
- Sundar Pichai
Pichai's Voice Pitch
"That was a real call you just heard," Pichai says, after showing a demo of how the The Assistant can understand the nuances of a conversation.
The future is the Voice!
Sundar Pichai says that Google Assistant will now make phone calls on your behalf.
A quick look at the backyard of Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, where the anticipation was building high.
"We want to connect users to businesses in a good way. 60 percent of businesses don't have an online booking system set up.".
- Sundar Pichai
CEO Pichai is back on stage
Assistant Takes Charge
Rincon describes the new Google Maps flow for Assistant. The new screen will launch on Android this summer. Also mentions that Google has been working with Starbucks, DoorDash, Domino's, and other restaurants for Assistant.
Lilian Rincon talks AI
YouTube and YouTube TV will be available on its smart displays, she says.
Scott Huffman says you may not have to say 'Hey Google' anymore to your trusted Assistant and things will be naturally conversational.
Guess, who the voice will be now? None other than John Legend, the voice behind Google Assistant.
- Sundar Pichai says that every single day there are over 5 billion photos viewed in Google Photos!
You will now be able to make the kid look cuter in pictures, make the colours pop, recreate old pictures. The features will be rolled in a few months.
Smart Compose coming to all Gmail users later this month.
- Sundar PIchai
Google will launch 'smart compose' to all Gmail users this month and this will be a boon. You will have someone completing your sentences, hence a lot more emailing than ever-before.
Machine Learning & Morse Code
Pichai talks about applying machine learning to Morse code. This video features someone with a disability who requires a Morse code device to communicate. Google says these devices can now be powered by the company's algorithmic keyboard, Gboard.
AI & Healthcare
AI can help predict cardiovascular risk, and detect it non-invasively. Pichai says AI will field trials to diagnose diabetic retinopathy in developing countries.
"Expectations for technology vary greatly depending on where you are in the world."
- Sundar Pichai
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Wireless Android Auto could be absolutely revolutionary.
Google Assistant & Google Home
There are likely to be new features for Google Assistant, as well as some new integrations for Google Home. Assistant remains Google’s largest competitive push against Amazon’s Alexa and, to a lesser extent, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
Truly smart & futuristic
This is the time of the year when Google pulls out all the stops to showcase how its software is smarter and more forward-looking than the products from its rivals Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Manage your phone better
Google may launch a new set of Android controls to help manage your phone usage.