Back in January 2014, Google acquired the British artificial intelligence company DeepMind for a reported estimate of US$ 400 million, after hiring futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil and acquiring eight robotics firms in the year prior. As per latest off-the-record information, Google is heading towards launching a new mobile based messenger service underpinned by artificial intelligence. An article published in Wall Street Journal reads as:
For its new service, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., plans to integrate chatbots, software programs that answer questions inside a messaging app.
On a similar note, Google’s vice president of communications, Nick Fox has been putting every effort to come up with a team to develop this new concept.
Upon its performance, no such update has been provided but yet WJS article reads, “instead of typing a query into Google’s search engine, users will send questions as text messages, to which chatbots will respond.”
Google has tried and failed to reinvent messaging, email, and social networking several times in the past decade, including Google+, Google Wave, Google Buzz, Google Messenger, and Google Hangouts. Google has been struggling to capture users that have moved on to other services like the aforementioned Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, particularly in other countries besides U.S.A. Let’s see if Google is on intellectual caliper here; that’ll make the service porn to third parties for developing chatbots and rest of the smart services. TensorFlow machine-learning platform has already gaining maturity.
No doubt, as these smarter services mature, and the web itself evolves, search and A.I. will become our constant companions. That won’t led us to visit separate portals for gathering/reviewing information, to access services or conduct transactions. We will simply call upon intelligent assistants to complete the tasks for us and interact with other A.I. to deal with queries in future.