The creators of Siri finally unveiled the much anticipated Viv at the TechCrunch Disrupt in New York yesterday. After Dag Kittlaus, co-founder and CEO of Siri, demonstrated the ability of Viv, we can already predict it to be the next big thing that will be integrated with consumer products.
During the demo, Kittlaus flaunted Viv’s capabilities to learn and adapt to the way humans speak, unlike Siri. When asked, “Will it be warmer than 70-degrees near the Golden gate bridge after 5pm the day after tomorrow?” Viv answered back in not more than 2 seconds without stuttering.
The artificial intelligence in Viv has proven to be one step ahead from Siri. But Kittlaus also confirmed that the success of the app lies in its integration with other developers. What makes Viv stand out from other AI services is that the technology is not coded with desired information. Rather, it’s open-ended for developers to tinker around and integrate services into it.
“Instead of having to write every code instructed, you’re really just describing what you want it to do, the whole idea of Viv is that developers can go in and build any experience that they want,” Kittlaus said.
Earlier this week, one of the developers from Viv shared his experience with the voice assistant and revealed how it was able to order pizza by itself without asking for a second confirmation.
According to The Verge, Viv isn’t the only AI assistant we could expect in the coming years. A smartbot called Amy is a technology programmed to schedule meetings. However, Viv’s purpose is to “Breathe life into the inanimate objects and devices of our lives through conversation,” according to Kittlaus.
Kittlaus still hasn’t confirmed the official release date of Viv. Neither has he confirmed if the service will be provided as an app. However, based on the demonstrations and Viv’s need for more connectivity through third-party services, we can expect Viv to be an app that can be downloaded for all platforms.
Currently, Viv’s growth has been financially supported by Iconiq Captial, backed by none other than Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook, and many others. Based on the demo, we can soon expect Viv in action as developers get on board.
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