Since early in the 20th century, Mankind has dreamed of having robotic assistance to help with our lives. While there have been many advances in robotics and artificial intelligence over the last decade, the launch of Siri in 2011 was one of the initial ones that made a tremendous change to people’s lives.
The latest announcements from Apple’s WWDC at the beginning of June included information on the new iOS 11 platform which will run all things Apple in the near future. Within these announcements was the small detail that their pet project, a voice assistant which answers to the name of Siri, will be opened up for all developers to combine with their products as they see fit.
There will also be some minor upgrades applied directly to Siri with the new operating system including the capability to answer more complicated questions, a new “face” to appear on the Apple watch and a more clear human voice to interact with.
A growing voice
Amongst the new tricks its sleeve, Siri will now have the ability of real-time voice translation which allows a spoken phrase to be instantly translated into one of the five initial languages available.
Perhaps more impressive than any one particular feature is the extent to which Siri will now be used. Apple confirmed that Siri is already housed and used regularly in over 375 million separate devices around the world and will now begin to use an increased level of AI to help organise your calendar and diary and remind you of upcoming appointments, to recommend web articles and events you may be interested in based on your viewing habits, and to help in other ways based upon the apps that you commonly use.
With voice recognition still the driving force behind Siri’s user interface, many more devices and applications now have an easy path to utilize this technology which leaves a huge amount of potential for quick growth in this area over the short-term future.
It appears that Siri is starting to find its own voice and the question of if we can have robotic assistance to help us is now more a question of when.
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