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13.16 10 May 2016


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Siri creator Dag Kittlaus has given the first public demonstration of a new AI voice assistant primed and ready to surpass the capabilities of his previous famous program in terms of complexitty and understanding.

Viv was unveiled yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, with Kittlaus promising that the virtual system would "breathe life into the inanimate objects of our life through conversation".

Unlike Siri, Viv will not be tied to the iPhone alone, but could potentially feature in everything from cars to TVs, with Viv Labs already partnered with approximately 50 other companies, including Uber and GrubHub.

Kittlaus hopes it will be "the intelligent interface for everything".

Kicking the presentation with a cliched, general question about the weather, Kittlaus soon moved on to putting complex questions to Viv, such as "will it be warmer than 50 degrees near the Golden Gate Bridge after 5pm the day after tomorrow?" which it could handle with ease.

Not only could it deal with these queries quickly, it could also process a request to make a payment of $20 to one of his friends through Venmo.

While the time period for a proper Viv roll-out was not given, early integrations can be expected later in the year.
See the unveiling for yourself...


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