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Trying to schedule a haircut? Or book a restaurant table? Google’s virtual assistant will soon be able to do that for you, a new offering that could give the search engine even more granular data about offline retail businesses. That trick was one of the few show-stoppers Tuesday at the first day of the I/O developer conference for Alphabet Inc.’s Google in Mountain View, California. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai demonstrated the feature, called Google Duplex, playing audio of the company’s voice-based bot placing calls to a hair salon and a restaurant.
Facebook has the largest network of singles in the world, a mission to bring people closer together and, research has shown, so much data that it knows users better than their partners do.
So when Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive, unveiled a foray into online dating last week, hearts may have soared. And shares in the market’s main listed incumbent, Match Group, dropped dramatically.
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