Remember Google Duplex, Google's creepy AI that can make restaurant reservations on your behalf?
Google has announced a new version of Duplex (called Duplex on the web) that doesn't just conduct business by voice. It can now execute tasks within your mobile browser.
At this year's Google I/O developer conference, the company showed its assistant booking a rental car for a user. Say "Book me a rental car," and Google will auto-fill your information into your rental company's website, choose your favorite car, and select add-ons you might need (such as a carseat).
You may be wondering how Google knows all this. That's easy: It digs through previous rental confirmations in your Gmail account.
Google has made a number of incremental upgrades to its AI products this year. The company also showed off a second-generation version of Google Assistant, which it claims is faster and can operate offline, as well as a smarter Google Lens that can pick the most popular foods off a restaurant menu.
It's not clear how accurate Duplex on the web will be, or how many tasks you may need to help it out with, but it's a promising look at the hands-off potential of Google's AI (provided you don't mind Assistant snooping through your emails).
Check out all the news Google announced at its developer conference on our Google I/O 2019 hub page.