The creators of Siri virtual personal assistant are preparing to launch next week a new and improved version called "Viv."
Most of the people associate Siri with Apple. However, the virtual personal assistant was not born in Cupertino. In fact, before its acquisition by Apple in 2010, Siri was an independent application. Now the founders or Siri are back with Viv, the next-generation of artificial intelligence-based virtual personal assistant.
Washington Post reports that two of Siri's founders, Adam Cheyer and Dag Kittlaus, are preparing to launch a new artificial intelligence (AI) virtual assistant app. Viv aims to be an even more intuitive and useful assistant than Siri, Alexa, Google or Cortana.
According to Gizmodo, all previous AI virtual assistants present on the market today are limited by interactions. Users can certainly order an Uber or can all play music off Spotify, of course. However, the functionality of these previous virtual assistants is limited to picking from a list of scripted responses.
The creators of Viv claim that the new AI assistant will imitate the feel or a real human assistant and will be far more flexible. If they are right in their claim, Viv could "reinvent mobile commerce."
A serious new AI is certainly an application worth to create. If they work consistently enough and well enough, virtual assistants can serve as the intermediary interface between apps and humans.
According to Engadget, behind Viv is now as much as a third of the team that formerly worked to develop Siri. They are ready to go far beyond what users believe a personal assistant can do or what they have seen so far in Apple's iteration.
Viv is an open system and currently features links to apps and services like GrubHub, FTD, Uber and SeatGuru. The upcoming AI personal assistant will be able to understand everything necessary like picking a pizza place or selecting toppings on its own.