This workfocuses on a series of insubordinate bots that, in a post-anthropocentric fashion, displayed anarchic and unpredictable behaviors, such as chatting with each other for no apparent reason or contacting female users even if they weren’t programmed to do so. puts the autonomy and interaction between artificial entities at its center, while leaving humans only partially aware of their presence. Put it all together and Douglas is right: this what actions are available? The question of how Google approach “discovery and promotion,” as Douglas calls it, is also going to unanswered until “early next year.” And so alongside Siri and Alexa, the Google Assistant lives in a weird zone that’s simultaneously more open and less open than app stores.You can get more information from more places simply by asking, but you can only ask bots that these companies have approved.
Direct actions — things that don’t require a conversation, such as turning on your lights or playing a song — still require a partnership with Google.
Douglas says “Actions on Google will eventually be everywhere the Assistant is.” Google says that all of it is on the roadmap and is “coming soon.” Until then, it’s focused on getting developers making things for Google Home.
Amazon’s Echo may have a long head start, but Google is rushing to catch up.
“ Those policies will also prohibit “the things that you would expect policies around,” Douglas says, including “hate speech and that sort of thing.” When I asked if Google would allow something like a sex chat bot, Douglas demurred from giving a hard no, but it sounds like the available actions will hew more closely to app store policies than the the wild, open web.
“The full policies will be published,” Douglas says. [There are] general policies around acceptable behavior.” Another nuance worth noting is that there are two different of actions: direct and conversational.
And since these assistants typically only give you one answer, there’s still the fear that the answer you get will be based on partnerships instead of something more transparent — a new kind of internet bundle.