Artificial intelligence has been one of mankind’s biggest dreams for centuries. Yes, even before the advent of computer technology, even before most of the modern day sciences emerged, people have been dreaming of creating artificial intelligences. Some of the first examples of this are from alchemy, as those well versed in the now obsolete science often attempted to create homunculi.
But as technology advanced, we realized that the best way to create an artificial intelligence is through a computer. While it’s still debatable when we can truly say that a machine has developed an artificial intelligence, the Turing test is doing a decent job of it, at least at our current level of technology.
Cheyer and Kittlaus
Currently, two former Apple employees, the ones responsible for creating Siri in the first place, are working on an artificial intelligence that, according to them, could easily change the way we use our mobile devices. It might seem like it’s a more advanced version of Siri, but it’s so much more than just that.
But first let’s talk about the two creators. The two are responsible for Siri’s creation, although the original version was quite different from what we see today. Apple purchased Siri in 2010, but the company had different plans for it than its developers. Even though Cheyer and Kittlaus didn’t outright say that they didn’t like the direction in which Siri went, they certainly hinted at it.
Partially built on Siri’s old foundation, Viv is Siri’s spiritual successor made by the same two developers. It has similar functions, but Viv is so much more than Siri could become. Viv was designed to be an all-encompassing hub which allows you access to pretty much anything you could want to do on the internet.
Its main goal is integration beyond apps. This means that Viv will not care which apps you are using, which browsers, or even which operating system. The virtual assistant will provide you with a huge variety of services, all very easily accessible from the same page.
For example, Viv can check the time at which a movie begins, compare ticket prices, buy the tickets, suggest alternatives, look up dinner reservations near the movie theater, cancel the order, order an Uber after the movie and dinner, and even set up the thermostat at home. And all of these can be done with the utmost ease of access.
The two have very big plans for Viv, and both Facebook and Google have already offered to buy the new virtual assistant. Cheyer and Kittlaus want to expand Viv’s reach as much as possible, and they wouldn’t be against selling it if it helped them reach their goal. They would like more creative control than they were offered by Apple, however.
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