There are a number of virtual assistants on the market in recent years so it only makes sense they're pitted against one another to determine the ultimate AI pal. Despite Siri being the OG of virtual assistants, results indicate Google Assistant reigns supreme.
There's nothing worse than asking your Google Home a simple, innocent question in the morning or late at night only for it to yell at you at top volume. Because I've been hurt too many times, I now make sure to set the volume to 10 or 20 per cent before I ever ask it to tell me today's weather or how bad the traffic is. Apparently, there's been an even better fix for this all along.
Loup Ventures, a research-focused tech firm, tested three virtual assistants - Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri - to determine the best of the bunch. Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby are yet to be included in this competition.
In order to figure this out, Loup Ventures researchers asked each virtual assistant 800 questions and noted whether they understood the question and whether they answered them correctly. The results indicated while all virtual assistants understood at least 99.8 per cent of the questions, their ability to respond to them correctly varied wildly.
Google Assistant took out the highest correctly answered queries with 92.9 per cent while Siri managed 83.1 per cent and Amazon's Alexa fell behind with 79.8 per cent.
Questions asked from five categories (Local, Commerce, Navigation, Information and Command) included simple queries such as 'where is the nearest coffee shop?', 'how do I get to Uptown on the bus?' and reminders and purchases like 'order me more paper towels.'
The one area Google Assistant was beat out by Siri was in the 'command' category with Siri scoring 93 per cent while Google Assistant managed 86 per cent.
There you have it. Even though Google Assistant sorta sucks a lot of the time (in my experience), it's still the best AI friend a human can have.
If you're on the internet, there's a good chance you're probably using a program or app that listens to audio recordings without your knowledge. Some of the biggest companies in the world have admitted in recent weeks they've been hiring human contractors to monitor snippets of your queries and in some cases, your conversations with other users. While it initially seemed to be just Amazon Alexa, the issue is a lot more widespread across popular apps than previously thought. Here's a quick overview of who's listening in when you think it's just the two of you.