Reflecting big changes in the Googleplex; also see Google just revealed how it plans to win the post-search world (Mashable)
"By previewing these products early, Google is, in a way, boasting about its capabilities. In an odd twist, it's a launch approach that Apple usually takes, not Google. We see what you did with Echo, Amazon. We see what you did with Messenger, Facebook. We can do that better.Google just showed off an impressive, AI-filled vision of the future — now it needs to ship - Recode
Or it's a sign that Google feels it needs to plant its flag in these fields before others run away with the lead. Apple has usually taken the "wait, then perfect" approach to products. But Apple typically ships its products immediately after showing them off.
"We believe the real test is whether humans can achieve a lot more with machine learning assisting them," Pichai said to close out his keynote."