“Google’s response to Apple’s Siri voice assistant… is codenamed Majel, which comes from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, better known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek,” Taylor Wimberly reports for Android and Me.
“Majel is an evolution of Google’s Voice Actions that is currently available on most Android phones with the addition of natural language processing,” Wimberly reports. “Where Voice Actions required you to issue specific commands like ‘send text to…’ or ‘navigate to…,’ Majel will allow you to perform actions in your natural language similar to how Siri functions.”
Wimberly reports, “Speaking of actions, it sounds like only Google search queries will be included with the initial release, that could come as soon as this year. I say this year because I’ve heard that engineers at Google X are working around the clock on finishing the first release and the NYTimes previously reported that one product would be released by Google X this year.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This year? Puleeze.
Apple’s Siri “is a remarkable innovation that took two dozen of America’s greatest research institutions more than 40 years to develop,” CBS News reports. “The current version of Siri represents the first stage of a breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence… Siri’s technology represents decades of combined research on artificial intelligence from more than 20 universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. It’s a spinoff of SRI’s Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes (CALO) project that was originally funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under its Perceptive Assistant that Learns (PAL) program.”
Good luck knocking off this one, Google.
“Majel” will be a marketing exercise designed to convince the great unwashed that a vastly inferior rush job is the same as what Apple offers. In the TV commercials, expect even more mindless computer graphics robots executing meaningless special effects for the sake of special effects, but talking this time.