Google recently announced that it is testing a new Google Assistant feature called “Tell me something good”. This feature will allow users to hear a summary of uplifting news stories. The stories will be about real people that are making progress solving real issues faced by communities.
People are feeling overwhelmed by the negative and troubling news. This new feature might lighten the people’s state of mind.
The stories are selected and summarized by the nonpartisan nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network. This organization helps train journalists to better cover how people are responding to problems and how those actions can have positive results.
Ryan Burke, Creative Producer, Creative Lab at Google mentioned that –
“Solutions journalism empowers energizes audiences, helping to combat negative news fatigue. We’re exploring how to incorporate more solutions journalism wherever you access Google News.”
The company mentioned that –
“It’s an experiment worth trying because it’s good info about good work that may bring some good to your day.”
The “Tell me something good” feature is live on Google Assistant right now. Each piece of good news is a snippet summarizing a news story in about 20 seconds. Google Assistant tells you the source and reads off the news. It doesn’t seem to provide a link in the Home app for additional information.
This feature will work on Google Assistant enabled device including Phone, Smart display or Google Home Smart Speaker.
The company mentioned that Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 devices at your home. Michele Turner, Director, Smart Home Ecosystem at Google wrote in the blog post that –
“That includes cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, ovens, we can keep on going!”