Siri co-founder: Apple’s ‘Assistant’ launch will be ‘world-changing event’

“On Tuesday, Apple will change the way humans interact with electronic devices. All over again,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5Mac.

“Perhaps the biggest announcement at Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday will be Assistant, Apple’s evolution of the Siri Personal Assistant Software,” Weintraub reports. “Siri, you’ll remember, is the company Apple picked up for a rumored $200 million in April of last year for, in Steve Jobs’ words, its ‘Artificial Intelligence,’ not search or speech recognition.”

Weintraub reports, “SRI’s Norman Winarsky, the man uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the CALO project and the company spun off out of it talked to us about the implications of Apple mainstreaming ‘Assistant.'” [Winarsky said], ‘Make no mistake: Apple’s ‘mainstreaming’ Artificial Intelligence in the form of a Virtual Personal Assistant is a groundbreaking event. I’d go so far as to say it is a World-Changing event. ”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

34 Comments

    1. On the other hand maybe this is precisely what he will be doing tomorrow. Maybe his health is better than people think. Steve Jobs can hardly be left out of something that is groundbreaking if he has anything to say about it.

    1. I’d love it if Apple licensed the voices/personalities of various movie AI characters. Imagine that menu!

      Choose your Assistant:
      • HAL 9000
      • Joshua from War Games
      • C3P0
      • The Terminator
      • Eddie, the shipboard computer from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

        1. Can’t be leave you guys left out the voice who played the computer on every Star Trek movie and TV show, played Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (Gene Roddenberry wife) who also played Nurse Christine Chapel and later as Lwaxana Troi.

          Scottie could never replace her with a keyboard. 😉

  1. It will be a watershed moment for semantic technologies… When I saw Tom Gruber’s keynote at SemTech 2009 (google “keynote siri semtech”), I knew it was going to be just around the corner… the consumerization of AI/SemWeb

  2. My prediction is Steve jobs will appear via video(FaceTime) as he has done with others before him and technically be part of the presentation.

    Tim to new iPhone: “Steve jobs”.
    Phone: “mobile or home?
    Tim: “mobile”
    Tim: “hello Steve”
    Steve:”hello Tim”

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