A few weeks after its eerie on-stage debut at Google’s I/O developers conference, Google Duplex is back, and it hopes to tamper down any fears you might have about the technology.
Almost immediately after debuting as part of a pre-recorded phone conversation, Google Duplex raised the eyebrows of many industry analysts and consumers. Reactions were mixed, but a majority seemed to err on the side of concern over the power of the technology. Questions were asked about disclosure—the demo didn’t display the Duplex’s ability to notify the human on the other end of the line that it was a digital assistant or that it was recording the call. In a word, Duplex came across as creepy.
But as its public beta phase approaches, Google was hard at work this week trying to change the narrative around Duplex, and the company even went so far as to host a demo do-over for a select few members of the tech media world.