vivKatherine Noyes of Tech News World reports, “The inventors of Apple’s Siri personal assistant have launched an independent effort that could make their first offspring look kind of dumb. Billed by its creators as ‘the global brain,’ Viv aims to radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. ‘They are trying to abstract Siri’s [natural-language processing] interface so you could apply it into other applications and domains,’ Raj Singh, CEO and founder of Tempo AI, told TechNewsWorld. ‘For example, what if I wanted to integrate a Siri-like interface into the Yelp app or the Expedia app?’ Currently, ‘there isn’t a good facility to do this,’ he said. One of the big differences between Siri and Viv is that whereas Siri is capable only of performing tasks that it was programmed for, Viv will be able to teach itself, according to Wired.”

Noyes continues, “Viv Labs cofounders Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham all worked on Siri before launching their new venture. They reportedly hope consumers eventually will access its artificial intelligence in much the way we do electricity. While Nuance has natural language processing capabilities, it’s ‘mostly constrained NLP — you can only ask certain things in certain ways’ — as opposed to unconstrained, which lets you ask anything, Singh explained. ‘The latter is a much harder problem, and certainly if there is a great SDK/tool-set that could be used that can readily enable this integration, it would enable the Siri modality (NLP voice) to be integrated into any platform,’ he said.”

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