The Future Of Virtual Assistants Lies In Children’s Stories and Shoes

Virtual personal assistants have become another self-fulfilling prophecy of technology. When Tony Stark talks to Jarvis in Iron Man, we want that level of interaction in real life, and making that happen becomes the area of study for hundreds of software developers and researchers (including, recently, Mark Zuckerberg). These virtual assistants are going to be a large part of the future mobile phones, whether you like them or not. All major mobile operating systems have a digital personality baked into their software — Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Now — and they all generally do the same thing. Siri, Google Now, and Cortana can all schedule appointments, set reminders, look things up on the internet, and few other simple tasks. “We really do believe that language is inextricable from…


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