You may already be familiar with the Fab Four of digital assistants, namely Alexa, Cortana, Google, and Siri.
But there’s another digital assistant you should consider adding to the lineup.
Let’s all welcome the arrival of Viv, which is created by the same people who developed Siri, Apple’s digital assistant.
Dag Kittlaus, the co-creator of Siri has co-created another digital assistant, Viv, a new artificial intelligence startup with the primary goal of replacing the app world with natural language commands.
During TechCrunch Disrupt event, Kittlaus provided the audience with the very first public demonstration of Viv. According to Kittlaus, it would beat Siri, Google Now, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana, in a game where bots and AI technology are accessible.
Viv had already made headlines last year. However, it was the first time that people had to see Viv in action.
During the demo, Viv performed tasks that Siri can do, like describing the weather.
Later on, the questions got a little more challenging, such as asking it if it’ll be warmer than 70 degrees in the Golden Gate Bridge at a particular time tomorrow.
Kittlaus also asked Viv to order flowers, send money, look for hotels rooms or order a six-person ride on Uber that will go to the Madison Square Garden.
Viv did pull third-party services smoothly and continuously. A lot of people are now wondering whether or not apps are still necessary with Viv.
The demonstration provided received a mild applause. However, it still ended up looking almost the same as what Amazon Echo can do.
Nevertheless, it’s clear that a machine with an ability to recognize and process speech is integral to the Internet of Things.
Siri is already making its presence felt on the Apple Watch, Apple TV box and in a vehicle chat you drive through CarPlay.
Google’s voice assistant can be heard across the Android spectrum and when you’re driving using Android Auto.
Cortana has also moved beyond Windows Phone on its rival smartphones, tablets and cars.
Dynamic Program Generation
Viv is using a technology known as dynamic program generation. It’s a kind of software that can write itself within a second. It means that it can quickly learn than other digital assistants.
Although the demo sounded impressive, the real test would come when it would be formally launched to developers and consumers.
Unfortunately, the founder didn’t say the exact date and time of Viv’s launch. It’s also not clear how it’s going to be introduced to the market.
However, Kittlaus said that he and his team would launch it toward the end of the year.
It will include phone apps and other essential things that they are working on with their partners. Thus, one can expect that the plan is to include hardware devices and mobile apps.
Why Viv may stand out?
Other digital assistants rely on hard-coded actions. That is, if you ask them complex questions, they will struggle to decode in a way that a human assistant may struggle.
But Viv won’t as it can instantly pick up keywords and information points so it can scale quickly and adapt to what the user throws at it.