Don't Be Scared of Siri's Successor

The creators of Siri are building a next-generation intelligent assistant, able to handle more complex tasks. It still won't be intelligent in any real sense.
Maybe Viv will be a better secretary than siri.

Wired magazine has an exclusive about Viv, a new product from the creators of Siri, who left Apple after Steve Jobs died. Viv is supposed to deliver what Siri promised, and more: a ubiquitous digital assistant able to answer complex vocal requests such as "Find me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in," the article says, with a nod to former basketball giant Shaquille O'Neal. While the dream of artificial intelligence lives on, implementations will keep suffering from a fundamental disconnect between how software engineers think and the way the real world works.

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