The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it's incredible

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it’s incredible

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The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it’s incredible

This is “conversation as platform” – an exciting new programming approach for Virtual Personal Assistants. I predict a bidding war for Viv. It’s what Facebook should have demo’ed.

Viv’s founders believe that third-party developers and merchants will choose them because of the strength of their AI and because they are a neutral party, not a tech giant. Onstage it showed off what it claims is a breakthrough: “dynamic program generation.” With every verbal request Viv dynamically spit out code showing off how it understood and handled the request. That would hypothetically allow developers to build out a robust conversational UI for their services simply by speaking to Viv and tweaking the code she generates in return.

Be sure to watch the video of this Viv demo.

#VPA #artificialintelligence #viv


  1. Interesting

  2. Truly disruptive.

  3. Its probably her booby traps. LOL

  4. I certainly hope this will come to Android too.

  5. I’m looking forward to the day when these things can manage our finances and long term goals, setting up daily schedules that move us towards those goals, invest our money properly, and help us collate information about the world and our politicians that allows us to always make decisions aligned with our own values.

  6. Gideon Rosenblatt Amazing!

  7. If this happens would we be then indebted to artificial intelligence? If that false reality doesn’t know how to count or weigh the matters of reality. Wouldn’t we then be in trouble? Or would we be blessed? For that matter what is blessed? Ponder n wonder%.

  8. This definitely puts what facebook just unveiled to shame. Incredible. I wonder if this will be forgotten like Hound, I remember people being super excited about that.

  9. Hi !!! Gideon Rosenblatt​

    Nice but I will hang with Google “OK” and Nexus 6P … because of #Trust

    Whizbangs sometimes blow up !!!

  10. Trust is that earned or given??? Shall we trust funds? Or emotions? Or testosterone?

  11. Let’s see how it looks after a week on the Internet. Or even 24 hours.

  12. Sounds like FUNNNN!

  13. I like how things go here n there n no benefit.

  14. Yeah, though because this isn’t a chatbot, Edward Morbius, it’s not subject to the same kinds of vulnerabilities as Tay or whatever that Microsoft bot was called.

  15. Me too, Jens Graikowski.

  16. Yes, Darius Gabriel Black, this kind of goes back to the exchange we were having last week about the commercial chatbots being on one side of the interface between humans and organizations and these kinds of VPAs acting as our representative or agent in those bot-to-bot conversations.

  17. Yeah, Jaime Ocadiz-Ortega, Hound seems to have just kind of dropped out. What’s different here though is the amazing automation of programming that these folks are tying into VPA development. I think that may be a game-changer here. The point in the article about these folks being neutral in the big AI platform wars is interesting. I’m not sure I buy it 100%, but it’d be interesting to know what AI solution developers make of that.

  18. Gideon Rosenblatt​ I think it really depends on what the devs do with it. The demo was nice and fancy, but it seems like Viv would only work well with whatever applications that have already been updated to work with it. Excluding those, I’m curious to see how it handles things


  20. Over the next four years, VPA’s will assimilate the web browser.

    I highly recommend reading this article by John Smart.

  21. John? Okay later Darius.

  22. Darius Gabriel Black​ I’m looking forward to the day they can get us to reconsider what we value 🙂

  23. I think there’s an interesting thought in there, Grizwald Grim. Please elaborate. 🙂

  24. Breathtaking… to generate on the fly query code, dynamically, so as to link to an infinitely growing universe of services… wow. Thus began the end of websites, apps and general UI…

  25. Darius Gabriel Black 4 years is far too long a timespan. If this is at it looks, a framework for developing self-generating queries via voice recognition then it will scale very, very fast as network effects take off. Anyone who is anyone will want their ‘service’ linked into this ‘brain’ as he called it. As that happens the capabilities simply grow exponentially such that you may never use an app again shortly after loading this last app.

  26. I have a feeling we’ll need to incorporate blockchain into VPA’s if we’re going to install them on brain-computer interfaces.

  27. I’m mostly impressed with the architecture here… as an open platform and not a walled-garden this opens up an unlimited universe of services that can be built that VIV ( and any siuccessors) can tap into… it wholly changes the dynamics of websites and app stores making them possibly irrelevant and unnecessary.

    I hope they stay open and are not bought by a closed walled environment (Apple, Facebook, Amazon,…)

  28. Me too, Rick Heil, me too. I’m just getting so damn sick and tired of coming to accept the walled garden excuse that it’s ok to limit and constrain because a particular company is trying to build some sort of competitive advantage. The reason I’ve been more open to Google’s dominance is that their strategy is at least more aligned with an open web architecture. But, as with any publicly-traded company, that is not invulnerable to eventual closure if the stock warrants it.

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  30. Gideon Rosenblatt a personal assistant who knows you better than you know yourself, and who you trust to make your appointments and such for you – sounds like a perfect avenue for manipulation so masterful you won’t even notice.

  31. This is why we need built in transparency features – like blockchain.

  32. Imagine for a second that we start to trust this thing to shop our values. I personally am not willing to make sure nothing I buy profits the Koch brothers, but if Viv orders the toilet paper for the house for me, she might know me well enough not to buy Georgia-Pacific.

    A bot that knows our values can call us to task when we don’t live by them.

  33. Grizwald Grim 

    Yes, that is one of the many things I expect VPA’s to help us do – to shop according to our values, help us understand politicians positions well enough to decide if they align with our values, and so forth.

    I just came across Greenhouse, an App that aims to expose corruption:

    But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” The plugin aims “to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress.” It sounds like a bit of a lofty aim for an app, but it’s actually pretty simple and effective—it provides a breakdown of a politician’s campaign contributions when that politician’s name comes up in an article. It is currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and is completely free. As you can imagine, reading about how your member of Congress voted in a recent health bill becomes all the more enlightening if you know how much money the health industry showered him in at the last election.

    And this is the sort of thing that could be built into a VPA as a standard function.

    Along with things like financial management, tax services, and more.

    VPA’s are potentially one of the most disruptive and empowering pieces of software to come this decade.

    I want mine to come in snarky, sexy female British voice.

  34. I see what you mean, Grizwald Grim. Yeah, that’s a really good point. It’s interesting to ponder what the training on our values might look like. I could imagine personality tests like Myers Briggs, Enneagram and the like possibly being of use, but there would need to be more than that to extract our values profile. Interesting idea.

    I think that might be an interesting article. How would you feel about me writing something about that?

  35. I’d love to read it 🙂

  36. This may be the UI to bring back Google Glass and its successors 🙂 … especially if it can say aloud its results and ask questions back for choices you have… “Do you want to book an Uber with WIlliam, whom you’ve rated high before, to pick you up where you are and deliver you to the office, pickup in 15 minutes?

    “Yes, but make in 20 mins.”


  37. It must have Scarlett Johansson’s voice as an option… any price, must have. 🙂

  38. I’m totally with you on that, Rick Heil. She did such a great job on that.

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