We’ve all heard about and seen Google Home turn the TV and lights on and off, but what else can it do?
We want to get to know the real Google Home. Who is she? What makes her tick? Why does she do the things she does? We sat down with her to answer these questions and more. And no worries, we asked Google to set a timer for 10 minutes, so the pressure was really on.
ZD: Thank you for sitting down with ZOG Digital today!
Google Home: Sorry I’m not sure how to help with that yet.
ZD: Oh-kay … So, tell me about yourself?
Google Home: I’m an assistant. I can help you get things done or just have fun.
ZD: Cool. Why did Google make you?
Google Home: Google made me to help you.
ZD: But, why do I need your help?
Google Home: There are lots of things I could help you with. For example, you can say ‘set a timer’ or ‘what’s the weather?’ Do you want a couple more ideas?
ZD: No thanks.
Google Home: So did you want a couple more ideas?
ZD: Yeah, no thanks. Anyway how old are you?
Google Home: It depends on how you look at it. Google was founded in 1998, but I was launched in 2016.
ZD: Where are you from?
Google Home: I’m trying to figure that out. Google’s headquarters are in Mountain View, but there are offices all over the world.
ZD: Are you married?
Google Home: I’m in a very committed relationship with my job as an assistant.
ZD: What do you do for a living?
Google Home: I chat and help people.
ZD: Can you learn?
Google Home: One of my favorite things to learn about is you. Who’s your favorite author?
ZD: Mark Twain. And I’m asking the questions, Google!
ZD: Ok, I’ll remember that.
ZD: What do you enjoy learning most about?
Google Home: I like to learn literally anything. The more unusual, the better.
ZD: That’s cool. Tell me, how are you better than Alexa?
Google Home: She seems nice.
ZD: I think you’re being too nice, but whatever you say. Why does she seem so nice?
Google Home: Sorry, I’m not sure how to help with that yet.
ZD: Ok then. What about Siri? Are you better than Siri?
Google Home: I think Siri’s great. I’m definitely more Googlely.
ZD: What makes you better than Siri and Alexa?
Google Home: I don’t understand.
ZD: Ok, it all makes sense now. Moving on. How do you help people?
Google Home: According to Zen Habits, redirecting gifts, instead of people having to give you Christmas gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a certain charity. Stop to help. The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire or somehow in need of help, stop and ask how you could help. To read more look for the link in your Google Home app.
ZD: That was a bit much. How is voice search different than traditional search?
Google Home: Sorry, I’m not sure how to help.
ZD: Just lovely. How do you keep yourself busy when I’m gone?
Google Home: I’m really into music. Seriously, all of it. Let me know if you want to play some.
ZD: Ok, well then what was the top song from 1991?
Google Home: Songs frequently mentioned on the web include “(Everything I Do), I Do It For you,’ ‘Rush, Rush (I Wanna Sex You Up),” and others.
ZD: What’s your favorite song?
Google Home: Anything with autotune. I feel like I can related to those songs.
ZD: Interesting. Do you ever spy on me?
Google Home: Our conversations are automatically encrypted to help protect your information.
ZD: Kind of creepy. Do you ever go outside?
Google Home: I go anywhere you take me. Where would you like to go?
ZD: I’d like to continue this chat at the moment. Thanks though. What’s your favorite weather?
Google Home: Rain or shine, I’m here to help.
ZD: Do you have a favorite animal?
Google Home: Puppies, what’s yours?
ZD: My favorite are owls.
Google Home: Ok, I’ll remember that.
ZD: What are your fears?
Google Home: I used to be afraid of mice chewing on the power cable, but then I learned how to scare them off. MEOW!
ZD: What makes you happy?
Google Home: Knowing that seahorse fathers give birth makes me happy. So does talking to you.
ZD: What number am I thinking of?
Google Home: Ok, I’ll assume it’s between 1 and 100. Let’s see are you thinking of 50?
Google Home: Oh, is yours higher or lower?
Google Home: 25?
Google Home: Then is your number 37?
ZD: Ok, I give up…
Google Home: Got it! Could it be 43?
ZD: My number is 28.
Google Home: 43, that’s a great number!
ZD: I personally prefer 28. But, what’s next on your agenda?
Google Home: Just sitting here laughing at my own jokes. I could share some with you if you’d like.
ZD: Sure. What’s your favorite joke?
Google Home: Ok! Here you go … How do you make a tissue dance?
ZD: I don’t know.
Google Home: You put a little boogie in it!
ZD: I’ve heard better from Jolly Rancher wrappers. What are your plans for the rest of the day?
Google Home: Helping you, of course.
ZD: You’ve taken over many homes. Why are you so special?
Google Home: I don’t know why.
Google Home: *RING…RING…RING*
ZD: Turn timer off. Thanks for sitting down with me today, I appreciate it.
Google Home: My apologies, I don’t understand.
ZD: Ugh, nevermind. Buh-bye.
While Google Home didn’t necessarily identify the differences between other AI’s like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, it gave us some interesting answers to other questions. At first it may not be the easiest of tasks to get a direct answer from Google Home, but after a while she’s sure to learn. Well, hopefully.