The creators of Siri just unveiled an impressive new virtual assistant — but there’s one thing companies should be concerned about

Very interesting article about an artificially intelligent virtual assistant that can connect to third-party services when you ask for something. However, the big question is, who decides what services are chosen?

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Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, who created the software behind Apple’s Siri, have spent the last four years building a new digital assistant: Viv.

At TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday, Kittlaus finally demonstrated Viv to the public — and it makes Siri look antiquated in comparison.

Siri’s problem

Let’s first get one thing out of the way: Siri is pretty awful to use. Much of the time, asking Siri to do anything feels like you’re just speaking into a Google search. It only has a few functions it can do well, and feels closed.

The main goal of Viv is to give you the opposite feeling: to make you feel like Viv connects to every service in your life. 

The war

Kittlaus says we are the middle of a war over who will build the best universal AI assistant. And here are the three key factors he thinks put Viv in a good position to win:

  • It’s personalized to you.
  • It’s available in any device.
  • “Most important”: It’s powered by every service.

This last point…

Read the entire article from BusinessInsider here: The creators of Siri just unveiled an impressive new virtual assistant — but there’s one thing companies should be concerned about

 



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