Slowly but surely, Google is getting closer and closer to Siri's branch of artificial intelligence and functionality. The company has just launched a app by the name of Alfred. Alfred introduces himself as an administrator of suggestions for everyday life. Perhaps the best approximation we can make that Alfred would be like Last.fm, Pandora or Grooveshark applied real life.
What exactly does the Alfred app? Across the Clever Sense platform, Alfred, a butler robot named after the Batman aide, analyzes the user's preferences to suggest similar things from this analysis. Clever Sense calls Alfred's heart "Extraction and Serendipity Engine". In Portuguese it would be something like "engine and mechanism of extraction and serendipity". It is worth mentioning that serendipity is not even included in the Houaiss dictionary, since it is a neologism, coming from the English term "chance discoveries", that is, discovered by chance. Of course, in this respect it is easy to understand where Google's interest in Albert comes from. In practice, Albert does the following:
- Discover new places, restaurants, bars in general with personal recommendations
- Detailed search across different types of cuisine, price range, food business, distances, etc.
- Details about places, for example, address and menu, plus what the place has as a specialty
- Help with reservations and planning through calls, addresses and sharing with friends
- Also shows the locations closest to your location or the location you indicate
Launching the app, Alfred asks a number of questions about his favorite restaurants and other places that might pique his interest. Once the information is collected, Alfred processes it to make his recommendations. See below for a video to better understand what we are referring to.
For now, this app is only available in the United States. As it seems to be a very interesting service, it should soon cover other countries, including, of course, the promising Brazilian market.
On the Clever Sense page, you can read the following statement, which was written by the company's CEO Babak Pahlavan:
Today, we are excited to join Google and start a new chapter in curating the world around us! Together with the Google team, we will accelerate our efforts toward this shared vision. Google helps local businesses connect with potential customers, and its worldwide presence can bring the value of Clever Sense to a much larger audience. Discovering local information is extremely important to both users and businesses, and the acquisition of Clever Sense will benefit both.
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