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If you have fallen in love with Siri or Alexis, you can still take a peek at Google's digital assistant and be faithful to your first love.
These voice-enabled programs perform many of the same functions, but their makers are always trying to improve each model. Apple got to the market first with Siri on the iPhone; then Amazon breathed life into Alexis, the voice of the home-based Echo device; and now Google has released a new version of the Assistant.
So what's the fuss about Google's latest release and why should any Siri or Alexis lover care? Well, the Assistant is smarter. It can even learn to talk like a lawyer.
According to Wired, the Assistant is more artificially intelligent because it learns how to respond to a user's preferences. Google engineers call it "appropriate, contextually aware smart suggestions for quick replies."
"This includes adding more options in the predictive text replies, or making more of spoken replies," says Wired's Victoria Woollaston.
In other legal words, your Assistant can learn particulars about your law practice. It will work on your smartphone and Google Home, which is a desktop version like Echo.
The Assistant's bag of tricks is pretty big, including countless apps as well as smart devices that will work through Google Home. But its most interesting feature as an office assistant may be its improved speech recognition.
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Forbes says that the Assistant has a 4.9 percent error rate, which means it recognizes speech better than a human. Among other tasks, you can tell Google to:
So, yes, Google Assistant could have a place in your law practice. But there are security concerns with using a digital assistant in your office.
Still, it may be too early to fire your human assistant because you could get tired of talking to a digital assistant who actually does know everything.
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