TechGoogle's latest AI Guards against phone scams with privacy in mind

Google's latest AI Guards against phone scams with privacy in mind

Google's latest AI Guards against phone scams with privacy in mind
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3:34 PM EDT, May 15, 2024

At the developer conference Google I/O 2024, the tech giant unveiled a new feature to alert users to potential phone scams during calls.

Striving to stay at the forefront of the AI revolution, Google showcased innovative uses of generative artificial intelligence at this year's Google I/O conference. Among the standout innovations was the automatic detection of phone scams.

Google Introduces Fraud Detection Feature

This feature, integrated into future Android system versions, harnesses the smallest version of Google's generative AI, Gemini Nano. It functions on the device, analyzing real-time conversation patterns to identify possible fraud attempts. The system springs into action when, for example, a caller masquerades as a bank representative and solicits passwords or gift cards—a common scam tactic. Upon detecting suspicious behavior, it alerts the user with a notification.

Is Privacy Compromised?

The notion of "analyzing conversation patterns" might spark privacy concerns, given that it implies real-time monitoring of our conversations. Google, however, assures that Gemini Nanotechnology processes data locally, negating the need to send information to the cloud. This feature is optional, allowing users to choose whether to activate it. The effectiveness of this opt-in model for those most in need of such protection remains to be seen.

While a specific launch date for this feature has yet to be announced, implying Google may continue to refine Gemini Nanotechnology, the initiative is promising. It demonstrates the company's dedication to leveraging advanced artificial intelligence to bolster security and shield users from the increasingly sophisticated and challenging world of phone scams.

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