MashTalk: Google finally shows why we should all be excited for AI

Google CEO Sundar Pichai opened I/O talking up the company's shift from mobile-first to AI-first.
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You never know what to expect from Google’s I/O developer conference.

One year people are parachuting in with Google Glass on their faces and another year it’s hey look at this completely modular phone.

This year’s developer conference had no splashy hardware announcements (unless you count the WorldSense prototypes) and focused heavily on the company’s push to put AI everywhere.

Tech Editor Pete Pachal and Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff dig into Google I/O in this week’s MashTalk.

But before we dive into the conference, and whether or not Google’s boring now, we’ve got Tech Correspondent Jack Morse back on the show to talk about WannaCry, the ransomware attack that has infected over 230,000 Windows PCs in 150 countries.

Though the attacks have mostly stopped spreading, it’s still making its way around, holding users’ data hostage for Bitcoin it’s really scary stuff.

But WannaCry is also a wake-up call for governments to stop stockpiling exploits such as this one that hackers stole from the NSA. Moreover, it’s a wake-up call for companies and users to update their old and no-longer officially supported Windows XP machines to Windows 10 to reap the benefits of up-to-date security patches. The lesson here is always update your systems to the latest version to ensure maximum security.

Moving on, we recap Google I/O with Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong and Apps Reporter Karissa Bell, who were both at the conference.

The single most visible display of the company’s AI prowess was in Google Lens.

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai emphasized the company’s new mission to incorporate AI in all of its products and services in order to provide more practical solutions to real life problems.

While the company expanded the Google Assistant’s capabilities, putting it on iOS and improving Google Home, the single most visible display of the company’s AI prowess was in Google Lens, a new computer vision feature within Google Photos that helps make sense of photos and provides contextual information based on what’s identified.

Lens and the two other Google Photos features (Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries), boring utilitarian software features as they may seem, were easily the most exciting announcements at I/O.

Google also announced a handful of new Android O features including Notification Dots, updates for Tango, its augmented reality platform, and plans to push VR forward with standalone VR headsets using WorldSense technology.

As always, don’t forget to leave your questions and comments by tweeting @Mash_Talk with the #MashTalk hashtag. We welcome all feedback.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/19/google-io-recap-wannacry-ransomware-mash-talk/