Google’s 360-degree ride to the uncanny valley (video)

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What they’re saying on YouTube about the Google Assistant 360° Tour at CES 2019:

  • Jamie Simon: Fantastic
  • Leonid Romanov: Creepy
  • marsgodofwarx:  I wanna meet that dad.
  • The Squeegee: Anyone else find this… disturbing?
  • RideAllNight: That was simply awesome. Hopefully this becomes a permanent installation somewhere.
  • mark hughes:  I really thought this was a parody for at least a couple of minutes. I can’t believe anyone seriously thought this would be a good idea

Cue the video (direction button is live):

My take: You can thank Ben Thompson for recommending the ride, which I gather is some sort of tour de force. Thompson ($) kind of liked it. John Gruber did not.

For more on how Google is turning Assistant into a platform, see Dieter Bohn’s Google’s plan to take on Alexa: New features, new devices, and a trojan horse at The Verge.