Google for Brazil: robot on the phone, 2022 elections and Gilberto Gil – News

Google announced, this Tuesday (14), during the event Google for Brazil, news and bets for the national market. The president of the company in Brazil, Fábio Coelho, shared the stage with directors from different fields to present the resources that will help facilitate the daily life and the projects supported by the search engine.

Robot talking on the phone

After the launch in 2018, Google announced the arrival in Brazil of the duplex, an artificial intelligence technology that attempts to simulate a natural conversation with humans. In the country, the feature is being tested to make calls to update business establishment information in search results and Google Maps.

In a simulation carried out during Google For Brazil, the robot speaks to a person who works in a store to find out the opening hours of the establishment. The robot’s speech rate is very close to what a human conversation would be, and it seemed quite functional.

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the tool of Artificial intelligence will also have functions focused on this year’s elections. THE google assistant will help voters to consult the polling stations with the TSE (Higher Electoral Court).

Soon it will be possible to use the same functionality to buy cinema and concert tickets. “With Duplex, Google wants to help companies connect with their customers in an ever faster, simpler and more natural way,” explains Coelho.

Duplex is present in 10 other countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, United States, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand.

Elections 2022

New to the company for this year’s elections include the launch of a report and website showcasing top research trends related to Elections 2022.

An unprecedented report will be released in July with data from Google Trends on searches made by Brazilian users on topics important to the country, such as the economy, security and health in recent years.

Google also announced the launch of a Google Trends for Elections
Presidential 2022
which will provide real-time data on candidates, parties,
top questions on campaign-related topics and the cycle’s biggest trends
election campaign – similar to those launched in the 2018 and 2020 elections. The website, which will go live on August 16, the day the election campaigns officially start in Brazil.

“In October, Brazilians go to the polls for a new election and, as part of our
commitment to the integrity of the electoral process in Brazil, we worked on a
news series to provide voters with important information about
elections and, thus, allow more informed social participation”, explains Marcelo
Lacerda, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at Google Brazil.

Additionally, the company will include Brazil in the Political Advertising Transparency Report. The website will contain information about any advertising on Google platforms mentioning
candidates for federal office, political parties and elected officials, even if there is no
request to vote. The country is the ninth territory to receive the report in the world, after
Australia, United States, India, Israel, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Taiwan and European Union.

Solidarity kitchens

In partnership with NGO Action Citoyenneté, Google has launched a feature on search and on Google Maps to locate active solidarity kitchens across the country. The objective is to create a solidarity network to help people in situations of social vulnerability to find food distribution points and free meals.

The locations will also serve as food collection points. Citizenship Action has received technical support from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Hunger Center of Excellence.

Now, when searching for “solidarity kitchens” on Google Maps or in search, it is possible to have access to the nearest food banks, pantries and solidarity kitchens that are mapped and verified by Citizenship Action across the country.

So far, more than 1,000 points have been registered in all regions of the country. At this first moment, access to information will be facilitated by a temporary filter in the main menu of Google Maps, which will directly display the search for food distribution points. You can find them by typing directly into the search field terms such as “solidarity kitchen”, “solidarity kitchen near me” and “food bank”.

Scholarship and training program

Google announced a series of initiatives focused on the inclusion, training and professional development of young people, women and people with visual impairments.

After launching new Google Professional Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management and UX Design – in addition to the Professional Course in IT Support – Google announced the donation of, by 2026, 500,000 scholarships for the training of young people in these areas in Brazil. In its first phase, from today, 30,000 scholarships, including 2,000 for trans people, will be distributed to young people from the CIEE network (Center for Business-School Integration).

This Tuesday, Google announced the donation – through its philanthropic arm – of BRL 10 million to IRME (Rede Mulher Empreendedora) so that another 200,000 women can be trained by the Ela Pode program.

Google also announced the expansion of the project in partnership with Fundação Dorina Nowill,
organization that works with the social inclusion of people with visual impairment, for the states of Piauí, Goiânia and Tocantins. The action will expand connectivity, learning and the use of accessible tools. During the pandemic, 1,500 smartphones were donated with connectivity for two years to people served by the NGO in São Paulo, with the aim of contributing to online education processes during the period of social isolation.

Google for startups

Google for Startups Brasil today announced the creation of a program that offers financial support to black people interested in starting a career in software development, in partnership with Instituto Vamo que Vamo.

The program aims to support the training of 200 low-income black developers and help them take their first steps into a technology career over the next 12 months. The initiative was announced by the director of Google for Startups for Latin America, André Barrence.

New engineering center in São Paulo

Google has announced that it is expanding its operations in Brazil with the inauguration
of a new engineering center in São Paulo. The new headquarters will be located at the Instituto
of Technological Research (IPT), and will be part of the innovation promotion environment of the IPT
Open experience.

With 7,000 square meters, the office will be able to accommodate up to 400 people who will work in different technical areas. Initially, the new center will house a work front focused on solutions and resources to promote the safety of people in the digital environment.

Gilberto Gil

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Gilberto GilO Google Arts & Culturein partnership with the Gilberto Gil Institute, launches Gil’s Rhythm. A digital exhibition that pays tribute to the life and work of the singer, composer and representative of influential Brazilian cultural movements of the last century, including Tropicália.

Available in English, Portuguese and Spanish, it is the first retrospective of a Brazilian artist living on the global platform, and presents a collection of more than 41,000 images divided into 140 sections, in addition to 900 historical videos and recordings. carefully digitized. .

Among the nuggets, a 1982 album, recorded in New York, never released by Gil and lost on his return to Brazil. Now his story is reaching the public for the first time.

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