Good news is a crucial part of a balanced media diet. However, it can often prove to be difficult to cut across all of the negative news that seems to be trending every single day online. Google wants to make it easier for users to find stories that lift up their spirits and restore their faith in humanity. It’s enabling Google Assistant to surface “good news” on demand.
“Tell me something good” is a new experimental feature for Assistant users in the United States that Google has announced today. It will deliver a daily dose of good news. Users just have to say “Hey Google, tell me something good” to get a concise news summary about all the good that people are doing in the world.
These uplifting stories will be more than just random acts of kindness or unlikely animal friendships. They will be about real people that are making progressing solving real issues faced by communities and the world at large.
It will surface stories such as how Iceland curbed teen drinking by implementing nightly curfews and offering coupons for kids to enroll in extracurricular activities or how backyard beekeepers in East Detroit and sustaining the declining bee population.
These stories will be sourced from a variety of media outlets, curated and summarized by the Solutions Journalism Network. This feature is available to users in the U.S. on any Assistant-enabled device.