Futuristic Digital Assistant Viv Takes the Stage

By John P. Mello Jr.May 9, 2016 2:39 PM PT Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus on Monday demonstrated at Disrupt NY 2016 technology that was designed to make people-to-machine interactions as natural as people-to-people interactions. Kittlaus, the former CEO of Siri, and other Siri vets cofounded Viv in 2012. The artificial intelligence-enabled interface requires no user manual and can handle complex tasks via simple commands. It eventually will make many of the most tedious aspects of existing apps, sites and services obsolete, Kittlaus said. Act Naturally That kind of digital assistant is far from what we have now with Siri, Google Now, Cortana and Alexa. “These systems are primarily working on observations of past behavior and patterns,” said Julie Äsk, principal analyst for e-business at Forrester Research. “They…


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