Google wants to use AI to deliver personalized news to your smart speaker

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In the before times (pre-Internet), it was common for most people to get up to date with current events upon waking up by listening to a radio broadcast. 

However, there were some caveats to this – aside from your chosen station's political leaning, you couldn't really choose the exact kind of news you wanted to ingest on a daily basis, and you were also at the mercy of the station's schedule and ads. 

Now, your morning news is about to get a heck of a lot more personal, with the announcement that Google-powered smart speakers will use the "artificial intelligence of Google News" to "bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you" via Google Assistant.

Google has also released a video alongside the announcement that demonstrates just what it has in mind for the future of audio news delivery. 

The search giant is collaborating with numerous publishers across the globe in the endeavor, including The Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has built an open specification prototype in an effort to bring more news organizations into the fold

Google hopes this will lead to users receiving news that's completely tailored to their interests.

"It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories," said Google's official announcement, further stating that "At any point in your day when you want to listen to the latest news—as a morning wake-up, during your commute, or while jogging—the Google Assistant will be ready with new stories and updates to the ones you’ve already heard."

According to the announcement, users will be able to use their voices to skip stories they aren't interested in or repeat ones they want to hear again. At present, Audio News is scheduled to roll out to a limited number of English speaking Google Assistant users in the United States.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

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