Siri Creators To Unveil New AI Bot On Monday

The original minds behind iOS virtual assistant Siri have been working on a new project. According to the news reports from The Washington post which provided the details that Siri’s creators are working on an artificial intelligence called “Viv” which does more compared to Siri or any other virtual assistance which is currently available.
Siri has originally been co-founded by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, both are now also working on Vive. If fact, one-third of the team who had worked on Siri are now working one Viv, having left Apple after disagreements regarding the functionality of Siri.
Viv in several ways is what Kittlaus and Cheyer originally want Siri to be. The first work on Viv had actually begun in the year 2003, prior to work on Siri. Viv is now able to conduct a wide range of things which Siri possibly cannot. In the Washington Post report the example given was ordering a Pizza through Vive without typing or downloading any app.
The report states,
“Get me a pizza from Pizz’a Chicago near my office,” one of the engineers said into his smartphone. It was their first real test of Viv, the artificial-intelligence technology that the team had been quietly building for more than year. Everyone was a little nervous. Then, a text from Viv piped up: “Would you like toppings with that?”
“The engineers, eight in all, started jumping in: “Pepperoni.” “Half cheese.” “Caesar salad.” Emboldened by the result, they peppered Viv with more commands: Add more toppings. Remove toppings. Change medium size to large.”
“About 40 minutes later — and after a few hiccups when Viv confused the office address — a Pizz’a Chicago driver showed up with four made-to-order pizzas.”
Viv works thanks to the deep integration with a variety of third part apps. And it work more than just ordering Pizza. For example, you could also go on to say, “Order me a car” and be present with the options from Uber. You will be able to function 50 different apps offer functionality which is quite similar to ordering Pizza or ordering a car, which includes SeatGuru, Zocdoc, Grubhub, FTD, and Ivee.
Quite interestingly, several of its features were made into the initial version of Siri, before Apple went on to simplify it. According to the reports, the initial goal with Siri was to reinvent mobile commerce itself. Kittlaus and Cheyer never had the intention of making Siri simply a clever Al chatbot. When it was initially launched as a third part app, Siri supported integrating data from 42 different services in order to give it functionality which is similar to what Viv is offering now.
Facebook and Google, both already made an attempt in order to acquire Viv, but nothing has come of those talks. Viv will be launched publicly for the first time this coming Monday at a “major industry conference.”

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