Did you know that "Star Trek" recently celebrated its 50th anniversary? Technological advancements have made it so that fictional gadgets from the show are becoming a reality. These devices include a universal translator, transparent aluminum, and virtual reality headsets that simulate teleporting.
Google has something up its sleeve that they say will be like the computer in "Star Trek" that Captain Kirk uses in an early episode.
It's called Google Assistant. Right now it works through the Google messaging app Allo to carry out functions similar to that of Siri, Alexa and Cortana. The tech company aims to incorporate machine learning into the program so that eventually it goes above and beyond other digital helpers.
In order to reach that point, Google has been spending a lot of time and money on artificial intelligence technology. Machine learning is when a computer has "the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed." They want Google Assistant to be able to predict your needs based on your search patterns and history and then interpret the information in a useful way. But it also has to be conversational and user-friendly.
For instance, your interactions with Google searches and its other programs would teach the assistant your interests, friends, and spending habits. So with this information, if you told Google Assistant to plan a party, it would be able to use what it knows about you to plan an event with limited verbal input from you. It may be able to access your schedule to pick an open date, invite people from your contacts, and suggest venues - the same way a real-life assistant would.