For the second year in a row, the digital marketing agency Stone Temple discovered that the Google Assistant is the smartest digital assistant on the market.
Stone Temple asked about 5,000 questions in an attempt to discover which smart speaker made use of the smartest digital assistant and Google jumped to the top. The company asked the same questions to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Assistant. The questions for the Assistant were made with a Google Home device and with a smartphone equipped with the Assistant.
The Google Assistant tried to give most of the answers and provided the most accurate answer. Stone Temple also noted that the Google Assistant was more accurate on a smartphone than when it was used in Google Home. Cortana came in second, followed by Alexa. Sadly for Apple, Siri was left behind in terms of response attempts and accuracy.
While Google A.A could be the smartest, it did not improve much with last year’s presentation. Alexa, on the other hand, saw a strong improvement over last year’s results. Alexa’s attempted responses went up from 19.8 percent to 53 percent. His accuracy dropped a bit from last year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering that he more than doubled his attempted answers.
Cortana was actually the only digital assistant who increased in accuracy from last year. In the Stone Temple pre-tests, Cortana received an accuracy score of 86 percent. That number increased to 92.1 percent in this year’s test.
“We are proud of our continued work at Cortana and are excited about what the future holds for continued growth, functionality and availability across all devices and platforms,” said a Microsoft representative to CNET.
Another noteworthy topic is that for Stone Temple to consider that an answer is 100 percent correct and complete, it must be answered “totally and directly”. It turns out that there are several ways in which digital assistants can fall short.
A question can have multiple different answers, such as a query about the speed of a jaguar, which is both a car and an animal. In such cases, the assistant may have given a correct answer, but not necessarily the one Stone Temple was looking for. Other explanations include the assistant’s response with a joke or the choice to answer a question that he believes is topically similar to what the user asked. There were cases where the assistant was simply wrong, but those were rare.
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