AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 9, 2018

Google will curate news from a number of major outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and USA Today.

Google has just announced some exciting new features are coming to Assistant in the coming days.

"Audio journalism requires new capabilities and workflows for both print publishers and broadcasters, whether it's adding a sound booth or segmenting larger broadcasts into shorter stories", Gannes adds. The new functionality is AI Driven Audio News Feed.

"This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you", Google product manager Liz Gannes said in a blog post. "At any point in your day when you want to listen to the latest news. the Google Assistant will be ready with new stories and updates to the ones you've already heard", said Google.

You can also ask for longer stories on a topic of your choice which can be long from 2-15 mins.

Google Assistant, the AI program developed by the company, will manage the feed, allowing users to skip a story, go back or stop. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts. But its usefulness will really depend on more publishers climbing aboard and Google's AI selecting stories you actually want to hear.

The prototype is now open for news organisations that would like to participate.

Here is the content guidelines for this audio news format.

Google will be rolling out these intelligent news broadcasts to "a limited number of people via the Google Assistant in the United States in English" to begin with, so we may see these at some stage in the future. The company is also inviting interested media publishers to join the project.

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