Google Assistant is Getting AI-Powered Audio News

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The search giant is collaborating with numerous publishers across the globe in the endeavor, including The Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has built an open specification prototype in an effort to bring more news organizations into the fold. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day.

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Listening to the news over a Google Home smart speaker is going to get more useful. At any point in your day when you want to listen to the latest news-as a morning wake-up, during your commute, or while jogging-the Google Assistant will be ready with new stories and updates to the ones you've already heard.

Google Assistant, the AI program developed by the company, will manage the feed, allowing users to skip a story, go back or stop. "To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organizations to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole". However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts. Google is looking to ultimately replace traditional news radio with audio news in Google Assistant.

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In brief: Audio news within Google Assistant will deliver content without inundating consumers with advertisements. The briefing will start with short stories under two minutes, and then move on to slightly meatier stories up to 15 minutes long.

The project aims to transform audio news into a Netflix-like experience, available on demand with personalized recommendations.

Google Assistant remembers which stories the user has already received and will give updates on them at later times when applicable. The company is also inviting interested media publishers to join the project.

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