Viv Virtual Assistant Demo: Siri’s Smarter Sibling Shows How Hotels.com, Uber Can Be Even Faster To Use
The following is an excerpt from Kerry Flynn | May 9, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
Bots and virtual assistants are here to help us with everyday tasks, but because they are scattered across networks and devices, their usefulness remains limited. Now a new product from the developers behind Apple’s Siri is looking to connect them and create the world’s first virtual assistant marketplace. Meet Viv.
In Viv’s first live demo Monday, founder and CEO Dag Kittlaus demonstrated Viv working across the apps of its “friends” at Weather Underground, Venmo, ProFlowers, Hotels.com and Uber while onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, the annual tech conference, held this year in Brooklyn.
“I just did four transactions in about two minutes, by talking,” Kittlaus said simply after completing the demo. “What I just showed you is a small slice of where we see it headed. For developers, this is going to be the next big marketplace, the marketplace that works with the next generation of devices.”
The artificial intelligence technology works across apps to provide a Siri-like experience to any request. The team is also working to create the most intelligent assistant, challenging it with complex phrases.
For instance, Kittlaus tested the query “Will it be warmer than 70 over the Golden Gate Bridge after 5 p.m. the day after tomorrow?” to the Weather Underground app. The response was, “No, it won’t be that warm Wednesday after 5 p.m.,” with a list of the expected weather conditions.
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