The last year saw an explosion of artificial intelligence consumer products, from virtual assistants to image editors to AI mini-games. Synced has selected 10 AI apps that we believe brought a novel approach to tech or task in 2018.
Google Duplex — Is it real or is it creepy?
There was a “wow moment” at the Google I/O this year when CEO Sundar Pichai introduced Google Duplex. The advanced conversational AI system can call restaurants for reservations, schedule appointments for example at a hair salon, or book flights and hotels with a human travel agent. The highly nuanced AI voice technology occasionally interrupts or deliberately pauses in conversations, making it so humanlike that Alphabet Chairman and Turing Prize Award John Hennessy said it passes the Turing test in limited conditions. Duplex is currently available on Pixel phones.
Lookout — Compassionate technology
Google again leveraged the strength of AI for Lookout, a mobile application designed to support people with visual impairments. The smartphone app can real-time narrate the immediate environment, audibly identifying for example the people, objects, scenes, and text it perceives. The app can switch between “Home”, “Work” and “Play” modes to enable its algorithms to focus on environmentally relevant elements. Lookout is currently available on Pixel phones.