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10th May, 2016

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it’s incredible

By Ben Popper

Viv wowed the crowd during a public demo in New York

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer created the artificial intelligence behind Siri, Apple’s iconic digital assistant, and one of the first modern apps to capably handle natural language queries on a smartphone. Today the pair showed off their newest creation, Viv, a next generation AI assistant that they have been developing in stealth mode for the last four years. The goal was to create a better version of Siri, one that connected to a multitude of services, instead of routinely shuffling queries off to a basic web search. During a 20-minute demo onstage at Disrupt NYC, Viv flawlessly handled a dozen [...]

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31st March, 2016

Microsoft Hopes Cortana will Lead an Army of Chatbots to Victory

By Aaron Souppouris

But it needs an army of developers to make that happen.

If Bloomberg Businessweek‘s latest cover story didn’t make obvious enough, the hour or so Microsoft dedicated to it on stage at its Build developer conference should have cleared up any doubts: Cortana as a big part of the company’s future. Microsoft wants the AI assistant to do everything, but knows it can’t make that dream a reality by itself. The new framework allows developers to build an independent chatbot that plays nice with users and Cortana. Microsoft isn’t the only one pursuing the goal of the perfect assistant, though, and there’s no telling if its [...]

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