Next IT reports, “The next generation of Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs) is making human/machine conversation even more relevant and personal – and a new alliance promises to push the envelope even further. Next IT, the world’s largest provider of IVAs… announced a partnership with technological thought-leader and futurist Nova Spivack (@novaspivack), who will advise the natural-language understanding innovator on new ways to adapt its technology to meet the needs of our increasingly information-centric society. ‘Next IT has made an impressive commitment to the advancement of natural language understanding technology – more so than any other company in the space,’ said Spivack. ‘They are quickly becoming the market leader, providing virtual assistants, at scale, to real blue-chip customers’.”

The article goes on, “Spivack’s impressive resume includes work with the DARPA CALO artificial-intelligence project, with SRI International, where he co-founded startup incubator nVention. nVention launched SIRI, the voice-driven virtual-assistant technology used by Apple, Inc. on its iPhone. Spivack’s opinion on matters as far ranging as collective intelligence, real-time search, social media, and the future of technology is widely sought-after, and he’s a contributor to publications such as TechCrunch and Mashable. He’s currently the CEO of Bottlenose, a startup focused on social analytics.”

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