The Google Home outage wasn’t a great sign for the future of AI

If your voice-controlled AI speaker can’t respond to your voice, well… what’s the point?

Google Homeowners were reportedly confronted with that existential dilemma last weekend as an undetermined number of the smart assistant-powered speaker hubs went offline. The AI behind the Google Home, Google Assistant, completely shut down all user requests after being prompted by the wake phrase, “OK Google,” according to Android Headlines.

Gets Google Home. Tries to use said device. Finds out there is an outage 😞

— Bryant Plano (@BryantPlano) June 4, 2017

The Home speakers replied to the fruitless prompts with responses like, “Hmm, something went wrong. Try again in a few seconds,” or “There was a glitch. Try again in a few seconds.”

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