Here’s how startups are outsmarting Siri and Alexa

Tweet Share Nearly every big tech company now offers a digital assistant powered by artificial intelligence. Apple has Siri, Facebook has M, Microsoft has Cortana, Amazon has Alexa, and Google has, well, Google. The success of these services is heavily dependent on the mountains of data they have at their disposal — along with massive amounts of computing power to crunch that data, understand user queries, and respond in real time. This reality raises an obvious question: how can startups without their own server farms and massive customer bases hope to compete? Companies like Hound and Viv want to build standalone apps that consumers will use in place of the assistants built into their smartphones. And companies like X.ai, Ozlo, EasilyDo, and Julie Desk are trying to carve out niches…


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