Virtual Assistants they have several years among us, but let us be honest, few people use it actively, either because they do not offer what you need, or simply do not understand what we say, so it is still easier to do it through a search engine or manually in our smartphone.
When Siri appeared in 2011 as part of iPhone 4s, the demonstration of its capabilities let all with their mouths open, since for the first time we were talking about him naturally to a machine, an expected evolution to voice commands present in several mobile for several years. But this seems to be about to change again, today we have the first live demonstration of Viv, the new personal assistant of the creators of Siri.
Viv, a global brain
Last week there was information aimed at Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Siri, would be presenting its new digital assistant, and that the first people who had had a chance to see it operate were impressed, since it was of a major jump in this sector that it remains secondary and very unhelpful in the majority of scenarios.
And so it was, today at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, Kittlaus showed the possibilities of Viv, a platform of artificial intelligence that according to the same Kittlaus”It is best that Siri, is an intelligent interface for all”, thanks to its great capacity for interaction and compression tasks and complex phrases”.
Viv has still not voice such as Siri or another Assistant, but they are already working on it, meanwhile have been limited to those who is capable with amazing results, since You can chain together phrases and interact with third-party applications to request services or additional information, which is one of the main problems of Siri.
Viv is able to answer in a perfect way to elaborate phrases as there will be more than 30 degrees near the bridge Golden gate after 5 in the afternoon after tomorrow? What the Assistant responds “no, it won’t be so hot” but with all the context of investigation that had to perform to connect to the Weather Underground app. If we ask the same sentence to other attendees, first, we will have luck that we understand, and second, unless open us the following day weather forecast.
Like Siri, Viv-based speech recognition system created by Nuance, but also incorporates a natural language technology platform, This makes that Viv can also determine the intent of the question, that it causes a dynamic answer that creates context, this will cause Viv to continue the conversation without changing the theme.
Another example of its capabilities is within the transactions and the purchase of products, for example you can ask “send $20 to Adam for drinks last night” and Viv opens the corresponding app with the given amount and a message to the recipient, we will only need to confirm. Another example was buying flowers, using Uber and even when booking a hotel, and is that Viv is offered not only as an Assistant, but also how an open platform where can developers enable APIs to Wizard to interact with those apps and extend its capabilities.
Viv has been developing in a discreet way during recent years, with private investors who, his identity is not known, only there is the rumor that Mark Zuckerberg, as well as executives from Twitter and LinkedIn are behind this important project. So far there is a date when we can know a version of test of Viv, but it is expected that by the end of the year we have news. Meanwhile Here is the first public demonstration of Viv.