Siri Had A Baby, And It's Awesome

May 10, 2016
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The team that developed Siri has been working on a new artificially intelligent assistant and they debuted it this week. They call it Viv, and people in attendance were very impressed.

The biggest advancement is that you can speak to Viv in a much more natural way, similar to the way you would speak to a person. Viv is able to understand and reply to things like, "On the way to my brother's house, I need to pick up some cheap wine that goes well with lasagna." Then Viv would recommend a wine and suggest a place to get it along your route.

The other hope for Viv is that it will be connected to more services. A lot of the stuff you ask Siri (and Alexa, Cortana, etc.) basically turn into a web search. As of now Viv isn't affiliated with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, or Google, so theoretically it could work across all devices.

-Mike Draup

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