Soon, Google Assistant will move beyond basic commands and transform into something genuinely useful. Where users currently have two state several different requests in order to get what they want –
“Turn on the lights.”
“Turn on the television.”
“Turn on the heater.”
The upgraded Google Assistant will use groups commands and its ability to learn to complete overarching requirements. For example –
“I am home,” could mean turn on the lights, close the garage, put some classical music on the stereo, and warm up the oven.
“Late for work,” could fast-track all the usual wake-up commands such as making coffee or could even send a text message to the boss.
The competitiveness between artificial assistants has led to a number of intuitive solutions. As the Internet of Things keeps evolving, it’s likely we will start learning things about ourselves as a result.
For example, in our daily lives, we most likely have certain habits that we are not aware of. Perhaps they are based around the order in which we do things; having a coffee before we eat every day or the rooms we enter and leave at certain times. As virtual assistants continue to watch and learn, they will recognise certain commonalities and our behaviours, and either point them out to us or adjust their commands to suit. This will also be an unprecedented opportunity for behavioural scientists to track and learn why we do – essentially, turning the entire Western world into a laboratory.
In the meantime, these types of small improvements make the likes of Alexa and Siri all the more invaluable. With even more improvements coming, including the next generation of purpose-built Internet of Things hardware, it’s not hard to imagine this type of infrastructure making the move from single-family at home commands, to entire buildings and workplaces being run entirely by voice.