Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you

Dag Kittlaus and his team previously built Siri, which was acquired by Apple in 2010. Now they are back at it again with Viv. (Andrew Burton for The Washington Post)SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an ordinary conference room in this city of start-ups, a group of engineers sat down to order pizza in an entirely new way. “Get me a pizza from Pizz’a Chicago near my office,” one of the engineers said into his smartphone. It was their first real test of Viv, the artificial-intelligence technology that the team had been quietly building for more than year. Everyone was a little nervous. Then, a text from Viv piped up: “Would you like toppings with that?” The engineers, eight in all, started jumping in: “Pepperoni.” “Half cheese.” “Caesar salad.” Emboldened by…


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