Engaging with the Google Assistant

GDG Boston

15 Nov 2017

Audio Credit:  CBS Studios

Plan of Action

10:00 - 11:00    What is this? Why do we care?

11:00 - 12:00    High level view of building actions.

12:00 - 12:30    Using Dialogflow to build actions.

12:30 - 13:00    Firebase Overview.

13:00 - 14:00    Lunch!

14:00 - 15:00    Guided code lab.

15:00 - 17:00    Self-paced code lab / open coding.

17:00 - 17:15    Wrap-up / raffle!

Allen Firstenberg

Software developer / Consultant

 

Google Developer Expert for Assistant, IoT, Wearables, Identity

 

http://spiders.com/

http://prisoner.com/

 

http://prisoner.com/ubi/

Tell me about you

  • Mobile or web?
  • Alexa or Assistant?
  • Mac vs Windows?
  • JavaScript?
  • Student?

What are we talking about?

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios / Paramount

What is the Google Assistant?

A conversation

between you and Google that helps you get things done

in your world.

Where do we find the Assistant?

Photo Credit:  Google

Everywhere!

Assistant SDK

Where do we find the Assistant?

English US, UK, CA, AU, IN
French CA, FR
Spanish ES, 419 (US, MX)
Portugese BR
German
Japanese
Korean
Italian

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios / Paramount

What are Actions on Google?

Actions on Google is the API

that lets you engage in conversations

with other services

through the Google Assistant.

Dialogflow

Interactive

Direct

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Transactional

Smart Home

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Where Actions Run

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Privacy and Security

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Assistant vs Alexa

Questions?

Break Time!

How do we build an Action?

  • Design
  • Develop
  • Deploy

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

What Personality Should it Have?

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Build a Script

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

  • Keep in mind how people talk - not how they write.
  • Don't make "audible buttons".
  • Users may not respond for many reasons.
  • There are no errors.
  • Users have intent - help them get there.

Input Processing

Fulfillment

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Intents, Parameters,

Context, and Memory

Processing

Response

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Testing

Other Surfaces

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Other Important Bits

Discovery

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Who Cares?

Firebase

  • Functions
  • Database
  • Hosting

Dialogflow

Actions Console

Assistant Simulator

Google Analytics

Chatbase

Dashbot.IO

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios

Summary

  • Voice is a new and powerful tool
  • Think outside the dialog box
  • Develop a personality
  • Script the conversation
  • Context is Queen
  • Separate your request and response from your business logic
  • Start with voice - and then go further

 

Keep talking to others - we're all still learning!

Questions

https://spiders.com/

https ://prisoner.com/ubi/

 

https://developers.google.com/actions

Stack Overflow: actions-on-google

https://g.co/actionsdev

Photo Credit:  CBS Studios / Paramount

Engage with the Google Assistant

By Allen “Prisoner” Firstenberg

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