When Appleâ€™s voice activated personal assistant, Siri, was released, it felt like a major step towards a long coveted, sci-fi utopia of artificially intelligent robots at your command. The reality was less exciting. Siri mishears you, constantly replies with â€œI donâ€™t understand that” and gives you directions to the wrong places. Not to mention her tendency to cut you off in the middle of a command while you’re left staring at the light circling around Apple’s microphone image.
All this is about to change, or at least get a little better with the new Conversational Search from Google. Although the voice search tool has been live for a while now (itâ€™s that little microphone in the search bar), the new version uses contextual clues to understand the progression of the conversation to better find the information. Thatâ€™s right. Itâ€™s learning.