It goes without saying; the best of Artificial Intelligence has been greatly showcased in the Virtual Assistant Technology. Recently in the just-concluded Consumer Electronics Show hosted every January in Las Vegas, AI technology was very dominant. Top of the list was the Virtual Assistants. Small drones are getting popular. That is robotics.
Briefly, Artificial intelligence (AI, also machine intelligence, MI) is intelligence displayed by machines, in contrast with the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals. Manufacturers are betting consumers want more voice-activated tech, despite the privacy and security concerns that still exist. The market for AI-powered technologies is increasingly evident. Virtual Assistants happen to be ripping big from this tech boom.
The Dominant Virtual Assistants
Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon are among the tech giants that have harnessed their resources to drive the success of this dynamic engine. Below is a snippet of how each of the companies have taken the share of this space and somehow on the verge of perfecting it.
Top in the list is Microsoft’s Cortana. Cortana is the digital agent build and developed by Microsoft team and available on its platforms. Cortana utilizes social intelligence introduced by Microsoft. Instead of searching for things, you ask Cortana. It’s very good at giving feedback for queries like weather forecasts. Cortana derives its intelligence of the natural language largely from the Timeline Networks which utilizes semantic search database called Satori. The more you use it, the better your experience will be. If you are looking to experience its functionality, Cortana is available on the latest Microsoft Windows OS Versions. You can even try it on Android, but let me warn you that it is still in beta and may be unstable.
I bet you are all familiar with Google. Google Assistant is a virtual personal assistant developed by Google that is primarily available on mobile and smart home devices. Natural voice and keyboard entry are used in communicating with the Assistant. The voice input is used to send messages, get directions, play songs and more to offer. Google Assistant offers excellent assistance when it comes to accomplishing heavy tasks like navigation. What makes Google Assistant different from other is that you can have a two-way conversation with it just like you do with a human. You can trigger the Google Assistant either by long pressing the home button or using the hotwords like ‘Ok Google’ or ‘Hey Google’. According to 9to5Google, Google is also planning to introduce customized hotwords in the coming months.
In Swahili Siri is framed to mean secretive, coincidentally Apple encourages people to use Siri like a friend. Yes. Siri can complete even the most advanced requests. Released in 2011, Siri has been in the spotlight of AI Virtual Assistants. Siri was the first VA to be introduced on a mass scale. Siri is available for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod, HomePod, Apple TV and Mac. The Siri touch lets you use your voice to send messages, make calls, set reminder and more. If you want things to get done and got Siri on either of those devices, just say ‘Hey Siri’ before the request to embark on the journey of getting your stuff done.
Alexa (named after the ancient library of Alexandria) is a voice-controlled search base that lets you speak to smart speakers (Amazon Echo). The smart speaker is activated by instruction words (either ‘Amazon’, ‘Alexa’, ‘Echo’ or ‘Computer’) followed by what you intend the Assistant to help you with. It will be done. The correct set of commands usually matters a lot. This assistant is the best option and you are likely to spend less time on your phone. The more you use it, the more responsive and efficient the interaction is. The natural experience is sustained. The Echo smart speaker is decent in carrying out tasks. It’s best utilized for music streaming.
Success in creating Artificial Intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. We are almost there. The tech giants are on it Head On! Stay online for more updates with regard to this tech boom.