Google Assistant can now deliver a daily dose of good news

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Credit: https://9to5google.com/2018/05/08/google-assistant-io-2018/

We live in a world where it has become almost too difficult to get positive news—I mean it is all about the bad news or now news. Turn on the TV and all you are almost certainly going to get is news of disaster happening in one city or the other. Maybe a daily dose of good news will change the way we think and live our lives—Google at least wants that change to begin with its smart assistance. Beginning with users in the US, you can now ask Google Assistant to deliver a daily dose of good news to you.

“Tell me something good” according to Google, “is a new experimental feature for Assistant users in the U.S.” If you are like me—frustrated with all the terrible news hitting the airwaves all the time, then you can simply start by saying “Hey Google, tell me something good.” The smart assistant will deliver a brief summary of individuals who are “solving problems for our communities and our world.”

News will be sourced from various media outlets, while summary will be made by the Solutions Journalism Network, Google said. Solutions Journalism Network is a nonprofit group helping to stamp out negative news.

““Tell me something good” isn’t meant to be a magic solution. But it’s an experiment worth trying because it’s good info about good work that may bring some good to your day.

The truth is that Google wants to champion a big change in the way we consume news. The company wants media outlets to also focus on bringing in the good news from problem solving events–“solutions journalism” is what the company calls it.

Credit: https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-tell-me-something-good/

In Google’s own words, “there is a plethora of “good news” happening, and we’re not talking about unlikely animal friendships or random acts of kindness. Real people are making progress solving real issues—and hearing about those stories is a crucial part of a balanced media diet.”

Only last month, Google Assistant was updated with a new feature that pulls your curated personal information. More like being proactive especially in terms of providing you with flight schedules, hotel reservations, planned meetings, alarms, and many more. The smart assistant will curate this information and have them laid out in a single overview quickly access.

Though, your overviews will always be available all through the day, you can, however, check for updates by simply tapping the new icon located in the top right hand corner of your Assistant on iOS or Android.

Recall that Google recently launched a podcast app for Android—well, that will come in handy as Assistant will keep you updated with recommended podcast. You will also get updates on trendy YouTube videos as well as how to spell certain words correctly. All these will be found in a newly added section within the Google Assistant on your device.


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Author: Ola Ric

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