Google showed off its master plan for a future built around artificial intelligence in May at the Google I/O conference. At the conference, CEO Sundar Pichai introduced a virtual helper that aims to make its search technology even more useful for you.
It’s a grand plan — in an interview in May, Pichai called it a “broad journey” — but we’ll have to wait a while longer until it comes into focus. Consumers won’t be able to even try out the Google assistant until the fall. That’s when the company will make available the first gadgets to have AI built-in: Google Home, a device like Amazon’s Echo speaker and smart home hub, and Allo, a messaging app.
“We are building the engine that will drive our future,” Pichai said Thursday on a conference call. “We are at a pivotal and transformational moment.”