At TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY, Siri creator Dag Kittlaus performed the first public demo of Siri’s new cousin, Viv. Kittlaus described the brains of Viv as, “software that’s writing itself,” which is a pretty bold statement with some implications that call to mind the dreariest of Skynet dystopias. But what exactly makes…
Apple partnered up with Sesame Street a while back to demonstrate it’s ‘Hey, Siri’ feature, as the AI assists Cookie Monster in baking cookies. They just released a ‘behind the scenes’ video that’s really cute.
The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true.
What if Siri were actually a being with thoughts and feelings—and a growing sense of frustration every time someone says something moronic into their iPhone? This short animation goes inside your phone to show what Siri really thinks about us and her role as a computerized servant.
It has been said that Apple's Siri is an important precursor to more advanced intelligent personal assistants. Eventually, it's thought, we'll be able to have actual conversations with these sorts of AI, and possibly even relationships. But as Laura June of The Verge has recently pointed out, Siri is not to be trusted…
From the same school of AI versus AI rib-tickling that brought you existentially ornery Cleverbots: some rousing logorrhea between a new-school smart phone and an old-school creepy fad. Next up, a TomTom tending to a Tamagotchi.