Earlier this week the original creators behind Apple’s Siri, the most well-known virtual assistant in the world, debuted the newest innovation in the artificial intelligence (AI) evolution with the introduction of the next-generation digital voice assistant – Viv.
During a live demonstration at TechCrunch Disrupt, Viv cofounder and CEO, Dag Kittlaus, promised Viv will be more intelligent and dynamic and capable of responding to more complex questions and commands than current versions of Siri, representing a major advancement over other voice assistants and a significant leap forward in AI technology.
Kittlaus explained Viv’s unique capability to answer intricate questions is possible through “dynamic program generation” technology, which allows the AI-powered system to understand user intent and then have its underlying software generate a script to best answer the question in seconds.
If Viv works as predicted, the new intelligent voice assistant will prove a major a challenger to other current digital assistants, including Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa, all which rely on scripted response systems and can only respond to queries if asked in a way that matches those in pre-scripted libraries. In comparison, Viv will be capable of understanding spontaneous requests and questions.
The Power of Third-Party Integrations
One of the main strengths and differentiating factors further separating Viv from competing digital voice assistants is its ability to integrate and interact with third-party services and online businesses. It is through the unprecedented volumes of data provided by these third-party integrations that Viv is capable of acting on complex demands and interpreting more “real life” questions.
Kittlaus specified that “perfecting the third-party ecosystem” will be critical to the success and evolution of the system overtime. The company is already well underway at establishing a robust network of partnerships with global companies and brands in hopes of incorporating their technology on all types of devices and services. During his TechCrunch presentation, Kittlaus specifically mentioned partnerships with Uber, Hotels.com, Weather Underground, Venmo, and ProFlowers.
According to a recent Washington Post article, Viv is also “in discussions with makers of TVs, connected home appliances, auto makers, and others, all looking for ways to build a broad network of services and devices that users can interact with through Viv” simply through verbal communication, further indicating how far artificial intelligence is progressing.
“Assuming we can take the founders at their word, Viv is more than just an evolutionary step in the development of personal assistants. It’s a game changer,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. “Viv shows that AI has come a long way, and that it is going to advance much further into our everyday lives”
Set to launch towards the end of 2016 Viv is predicted to grow and evolve as developers continue to add new capabilities to the service.
Viv Labs, the company behind the digital assistant, is a San Jose-based business founded in 2012 by Siri cofounders, Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, with the mission of creating an AI virtual system that radically simplifies the world by “creating an intelligent interface for everything.”
Watch the World Premiere of Viv with Dag Kittlaus: