But Kittlaus points out that all of these services are strictly limited. Cheyer elaborates: â€œGoogle Now has a huge knowledge graph—you can ask questions like â€˜Where was Abraham Lincoln born?â€™ And it can name the city. You can also say, â€˜What is the population?â€™ of a city and itâ€™ll bring up a chart and answer. But you cannot say, â€˜What is the population of the city where Abraham Lincoln was born?â€™â€ The system may have the data for both these components, but it has no ability to put them together, either to answer a query or to make a smart suggestion. Like Siri, it canâ€™t do anything that coders havenâ€™t explicitly programmed it to do.
Viv breaks through those constraints by generating its own code on the fly, no programmers required. Take a complicated command like â€œGive me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in.â€ Viv will parse the sentence and then it will perform its best trick: automatically generating a quick, efficient program to link third-party sources of information togetherâ€”say, Kayak, SeatGuru, and the NBA media guide—so it can identify available flights with lots of legroom. And it can do all of this in a fraction of a second.
This article, Siriâ€™s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask was published several months ago in August of 2014, but I just got to it because of the news that the company closed US$12.5 million in Series B funding.
Self-learning makes artificial intelligence less artificial. If VIV can become a personal AI that is always with me, and helps me get through the day… well, that might be like having Samantha from the movie Her. Crazy.