Apple struggles with the idea of intelligent life outside Cupertino

In the age-old tech struggle between open and controlled systems, Apple has realized that when it comes to artificial intelligence, it needs to edge toward open. The computer giant has announced it will be opening up its digital assistant Siri to third-party apps and at the same time has put out an API to its artificial intelligence technology. Realistically, the company has been given little choice: Amazon’s Alexa has taken off, in large part due to it opening up to other companies, and Google’s artificial intelligence systems have streaked ahead of Apple and Siri because when it comes to such a complex and wide-ranging interplay of information and action, broader is better. Where Siri was once a wonder – it worked where other systems didn’t – it risks becoming an…


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