The main highlights from Google I/O Conference, according to Arie Halpern

At the Google annual developer’s conference, Google I/O, held this week in California (United States), the technology giant showed that the artificial intelligence and, specifically, the machines’ learning process, will set the tone of the technological innovations in the coming years. The AI development is the main highlight of Google I/O conference. “The effort targets the expansion of these technologies repertoire so that they can read and interpret from sentences to images and facial expressions. We can expect an acceleration in the disruptions provoked by these technologies”, says the economist and entrepreneur with a focus on innovation and disruptive technologies Arie Halpern.

Right at the event’s opening this Wednesday (17th May), the company announced Google Lens, a sort of evolution of  Google Goggles. It is a very interesting system in the search for artificial intelligence advancements in reading visual data. With the help of Google Assistant, Lens is a powerful image recognizer.  Just point your phone’s camera to an object and let Google Wizard recognize it. To exemplify, Lens has identified the species of a flower during the event. Another of its interesting functionalities is to connect the mobile to a wi-fi by recognizing the serial number of the router or point in a restaurant and immediately receive reviews and information about the establishment.

Another special gadget presented at the event was the VPS. Different from GPS (Global Positioning System), this device is more accurate, or as the Chief of the Virtual Reality Operations, Clay Bavor said “GPS can get you to the door. And then VPS can get you to the exact item that you’re looking for. By saying this, Bavor means that the new system fills a GPS accuracy deficiency. Once more, the camera plays the main role in training the computer to understand visual data, which, in this case, are objects and paths for the generation of maps.

After having been announced in Google I/O last year, an improved Google Home is back in 2017. With an eye in the evolution of the Alexa system from Amazon, Google’s intelligent loudspeaker is also approaching the telephones. With this new update, it is now possible to answer a call without using the hands. To attend different people living in a house it will use voice recognition. In addition, it will be able to connect several channels, such as HBO to a screen using Google Assistant.

It is also time for the augmented reality. The Google Expeditions gains a new look with the help of RA, Tango, and the Maps system to provide a more immersive education in schools. Through this, students can use a mobile device with Tango support to view three-dimensional models within the school environment.

According to Arie Halpern,  the market tends to be reshaped by these technological leaps every year. For now, these searches are the vanguard of technological advances. At least until something we have not yet imagined catches us off guard.


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