The Brains Behind Siri Are Working on Samsung’s Virtual Helper

Posted October 6th 2016


via Digital Trends

Samsung is not going to be left out of the artificial intelligence revolution, but realizes it can’t do everything itself, and that only by purchasing innovative companies can it ensure it’s at the front of the pack. That’s why it has acquired Viv Labs, an expert in artificial intelligence, with the plan of bringing its talents to Galaxy phones and other appliances in the future.

You may recognize Viv Labs’s name, and that’s because it was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyner, who also happen to have developed Siri, Apple’s AI assistant. While it’s Samsung Electronics that made the acquisition, Viv Labs will be working closely with Samsung Mobile, and the plan is to integrate its smarts with Galaxy phones, wearables, and even home appliances.

The Viv Labs platform, which was demonstrated at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this year, “is designed to interact with apps, devices, and other services far more deeply than we’re used to with Siri,” writes Digital Trends‘ Andy Boxall. There’s no timetable for when Samsung will introduce Viv to its devices and join Google Home, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana in the field of virtual assistants.