The makers of Siri are back with a new super-smart AI called Viv

The makers of Siri are back with a new super-smart AI called Viv

Siri, the velvet-voiced iOS assistant that can give you directions, beatbox, do math and chat with you about Game of Thrones, is usually associated with Apple. But Siri was not originally made by Apple; it was launched in 2007 by Stanford Research Institute as a spin-off company, led by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber, and was sold to Apple in 2010.

Six years later, Cheyer and Kittlaus are back with a new product called Viv which, according to the Washington Post, will be publicly demonstrated at an industry conference Monday. 

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In pictures: Facebook’s new virtual assistant offers tricks Siri and Google Now can’t beat

In pictures: Facebook’s new virtual assistant offers tricks Siri and Google Now can’t beat

We’ve known for a while that Facebook is working on a special virtual assistant project that will be integrated into its popular Messenger chat application, and the service was finally launched on Wednesday. Dubbed “M,” the Messenger virtual assistant isn’t exactly a standalone service like Siri or Google Now. The whole thing works inside the Messenger app and the big difference is that the assistant combines both human and AI input to get you what you want. Here’s what it’ll look like. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s Plus vs. Galaxy Note 5: Real world performance test (it’s not even close) Captured by Buzzfeed, the following screenshots show you various conversations between M, “your free personal assistant,” and users. From the looks

Philips Hue smart lights can now be controlled via Siri

Philips Hue smart lights can now be controlled via Siri

“Siri, dim the table lamp to 30%.”

Philips Hue lighting is now a part of the Apple’s growing HomeKit system, so you can use Siri to control the lights in the house. And with phrases like the one above, you can get incredibly specific with how you want the lighting to feel

The Philips Hue lights will work alongside other other HomeKit products, like garage door openers, front door locks, thermostats and blinds. For example, when you arrive in from work, the lights will (in theory) know when the front door unlocks and will automatically adjust to how you like them after a long day

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