Dag Kittlaus, Siri co-founder and CEO, joined by several of his colleagues from the team that created Siri, has been quietly working on a new, futuristic assistant called Viv, that is powered by articifial intelligence.
The quiet development of this next-generation AI assistant has spanned over the last few years, up until May 9th, when it was demoed for the first time at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference in Brooklyn, reports TechInsider.
Kittlaus, who in 2010 sold his Siri startup to Apple, pointed out to the conference attendees that the idea behind Viv is that it’s meant to be “the intelligent interface to everything”. For the demonstration, Kittlaus used an iPhone app to showcase Viv’s ability to complete tasks through voice recognition.
Of course, for all it claims to be, Viv does go beyond answering basic questions about the weather and is able to book the owner a room at a hotel in a given location, at a given time, if such a command is uttered.
Viv’s intelligence has a number of all sources. Most importantly, its integrations with all kinds of companies and services, such as Venmo (for sharing payments), Uber and many others.
For now, the team has not set a specific launch date, but Kittlaus informed the audience it will be available as a mobile app by the end of this year. “What I’ve shown you is just a small slice of where the world is headed,” he said. “This is just the beginning.”