Nowadays, it seems as though voice-activated software is taking over the world. All you have to do is say “Hey, Google” or “Alexa, sing happy birthday to me” and they’ll do it. Using artificial intelligence and voice-recognition technology, more and more people are buying into this service and utilizing these new inventions. However, the technology seems to be growing, and rumors suggest that Google Assistant will soon be scanning our faces as well as our voices. Is this too much of an invasion of privacy? Or an added bonus?
Going One Step Further
With the likes of Apple and Amazon finding more ways to make their way into the homes of their customers, you’d like to think that these major companies know what they are doing. While we do know that they are doing everything they can to provide customers with whatever they want or need in that instant using voice recognition, it seems as though the brilliant minds behind the Google brand are now testing the waters to see if they can go one step further.
A Glitch In The System
So, how do we know that the Google Assistant could soon be using facial recognition? This all boils down to the Android Police. They came stumbled across code for the APK, or Android Application Package, for the newest beta version of the Google Assistant app, and they noticed something unusual. In what originally looked like a glitch in the system, they realized that the code was there and ready for Face Match to do its thing.
What Does This Mean?
If Face Match really is coming to the Google Assistant, then customers will have the ability to use this app on multiple devices with ease, while also sharing your account with others of your choosing. This requires a camera feature on your device, so would only be available on certain products. This could be a great asset to the already advanced software, but there are others who deem this as an invasion of privacy. Do we really need facial recognition? That’s for you to decide.
Technology is advancing every single year, and Google seems to be at the top of its game. However, the jury is still out on whether facial recognition would be a welcome addition to the Google Assistant, or an invasion.