Meet Viv, a powerful virtual assistant better than Siri

Siri has been known for its clever quips, helpful suggestions and multi-functional abilities and has always been considered better than other virtual assistants, but it may soon be outwitted and outperformed by a new virtual assistant whose creators are the same as Siri's.

Viv, the new virtual assistant, can do things better than Siri or Cortana and will soon be an 'intelligent interface for everything,' said Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Siri.

Kittlaus was speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt event in New York City yesterday where he introduced Viv to the public and let her show off her skills. During a live demonstration, Kittlaus asked Viv a number of specific questions which she answered with élan. One of those questions put up by Kittlaus was  “Will it be warmer than 70-degrees near the Golden gate bridge after 5pm the day after tomorrow?”

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As per Kittlaus, Viv will use its integration with a range of third party services to answer questions and to help users with information on the weather, hotel bookings, buying tickets as well as shopping online. He went on to say that 'perfecting the third-party ecosystem' will be the key to Viv's success as a virtual assistant.

You must be wondering which devices would feature Viv as their default digital assistant. To a similar question, Kittlaus said that while rumours about Google and Facebook trying to acquire Viv has been doing the rounds, they have not taken any big strides or made any offers to acquire Viv in the near future. However, Kittlaus did not mention Apple which means the Cupertino giant is probably content with Siri as the default virtual assistant in iPhones and iPads.

Siri can now beatbox and teach you a skill or two!

Back in February, 9to5Mac reported that Apple will introduce Siri to Mac devices later this year. Having made its appearance in Apple Watch and Apple TV last year, Siri's entry in the world of Macs will complete its presence across the entire Apple ecosystem.  In Macs, Siri will neither appear as a swipe menu nor as a full screen view like in iPhones and iPads, but will appear as an icon in the top right corner of the Mac's menu bar. Last year, to improve Siri's communication skills, Apple bought VocalIQ, a British 'speech tech AI specialist' for an amount ranging between £33 million to £66 million.

VocalIQ aims to let you share natural conversations with speech assistants by developing routines and not limit conversations to mere commands. This way, the virtual assistant will learn from one conversation and will apply the learning to future conversations, getting better and better every day.

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