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Ether Info – A New Google Assistant App

Maui beach at sunsetWhat is an Assistant App?

In case you aren’t familiar with assistant apps, it is Google’s conversational software for helping you get things done in your world.

It is the culmination of all of Google’s research in AI, ML and NLP. It runs on various devices, including the Google Home, as well as many Android and iOS devices.

What is Ethereum?

Ethereum is a digital currency invented in 2013 — a full 4 years after the release of Bitcoin. It has since grown to be the second largest digital currency in the world by market cap — around $20 billion, compared to Bitcoin’s $40 billion. Btw, here is a short intro video I made on Bitcoin.

Ethereum uses its blockchain to record state transitions in a gigantic distributed computer. Ethereum’s corresponding digital currency, ether, is essentially a side effect of powering this massive computer. To put it another way, Ethereum is literally a computer that spans the entire world. Anyone who runs the Ethereum software on their computer is participating in the operations of this world-computer, the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Because the EVM was designed to be Turing-complete, it can do almost anything that can be expressed in a computer program. Continue reading

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A Bitcoin Info Action!

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 4.57.32 PM In the past few weeks I worked (20% of the time) on this new assistant application that will give you interesting information about Bitcoin.

Here is an example of what you can do:

  • The price of bitcoin
  • Market cap
  • Blocks count
  • Total amount of bitcoins

This is how the conversation looks like on the web simulator.
You open it with the main capabilities that it can provide: Continue reading

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A New Assistant App – Animal Cool Jokes!

Actions on Google lets you build apps for the Google Assistant. Your apps can help you engage users through Google Home, Android phones, iPhones, and in the future, through every experience where the Google Assistant is available (e.g. Auto, IoT etc’).

One of the nice benefits is that users don’t need to install anything to interact with your apps. When they ask for your app by name, the assistant will connect them with you immediately.

Another benefit is the ability to make money. You can let Google Assistant users on phones purchase goods and services using new or existing payment methods on file either with Google or with your service. But that will be a topic for a future post.

Let’s start with a simple example… Remember that in last April I wrote about “Build you first smart bot for Google Home“?

Well, after few improvements to the quality of the jokes, of course, this assistant app is now live!

You can talk with it by asking “talk with Animal cool jokes“.

Here is what it looks like: Continue reading

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