If voice-based assistants are to going to be the major means by which interaction takes place with devices now and in the later to come, then Google has just taken further steps in the war between its own voice search functionality and that of competitor mobile assistants in the mould of Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana.
Tracing down the history lane, on one hand, Google’s app has done an impressive job at understanding its users and answering queries accurately, the company has announced that its app has now gotten more juicy development at actually grasping the meaning behind users’ questions, as well.
This way, the app has been developed so that it figures the meaning of more natural language as well as more complicated questions.
The company initially brought out voice search in 2008, and then consequently tied that into its Knowledge Graph in 2012, as a solution to users’ questions with candid information regarding persons, places as well as things.
At the beginning, it had the ability to give detailed information on entities like “Barack Obama,” and then consequently had the capacity to answer questions like “How old is Stan Lee?,” Google reveals.
Its wit to provide answer to questions went up additionally after a little interval, as it got the understanding of words in several contexts.
An example here is, if you had asked what ingredients were in a screwdriver, Google would understand you were referring the drink, not the tool.
Now Google has announced its voice assistant is well merged into the Google app with the distinct ability to unravel the meaning of the question you have thrown at it, so you will be able to put more complex questions forward as compared to the past.
So as to get to this, Google is cracking your query into its bits to improve on its understanding of the semantics which pertains to each piece, it announced. What this is all about is that if you ask Google a question in the vein of “Who was the U.S. President when the Angels won the World Series?” it would likely respond, “George Bush.”
This “complex combination” is just among the fresh capacities of of Google, the company says. It can provide answers to more complex queries about a point in time (e.g. “What songs did Taylor Swift record in 2014?”), and even those that concerns superlatives (like “What are the largest cities in Lagos?”) In the previous case mentioned here, the meaning is that you could ask Google questions that had relationships to dates in them and it will answer in an improved manner than it would possibly have in the past. And in the latter case, Google can now get to the bottom of superlatives like “tallest,” “largest,” and ordered items.
If previously, you have tried to make attempt as to answer questions like these before, Google would simply have returned search results which match the keywords, thus inadequate for it wouldn’t properly pick out which entities you were really interested in knowing, the company tells us.
To say this in another way, this is the start of Google assuming the position of a true semantic search engine – one that has the understanding, as humans would naturally do with ease what a person actually relates to when they ask a question.
But Google say it still has its hands working on the technology, which has not gotten to perfection. Of course, there will be some questions it doesn’t really provide answers to correctly for the time being. In a blog post providing details to the news, Google opens the door to more knowledge as regards this, an example of the kind of mistake it will still make, saying that if you ask “Who was Dakota Johnson’s mom in the movie?” it would respond with Dakota Johnson’s real-life mother Melanie Griffith. The answer the user wanted, however, was the actor Jennifer Ehle who played Anastasia’s mother Carla in the “50 Shades of Grey” movie.
With this in mind, the capacity to speak more fluently and ask tough questions kind of takes forward Google’s voice search technology quite a bit as compared to its rivals, who still sometimes has issues understanding questions of no significant complexity and often just forsake you with a keyword search on the web when they fail. The improved voice search is rolling out now on the company’s flagship Google application for both iOS and Android.