We love iPhone’s Siri, but sometimes our requests to her get lost in translation. That’s why we’re super excited to learn about Viv, a virtual assistant that’s partnered with over 50 of the most popular apps, and launches next week.
Created by two of Siri’s founders, reports The Washington Post, Viv is everything that Siri is not — accurate and accommodating. You can order a pizza — complete with multiple toppings, for example — by calling on Viv and never touching a button thanks to its partnership with Grubhub. Or order a car, again, without touching a button, through Viv’s deal with Uber.
This all sounds promising, and as artificial intelligence gains traction as the new frontier of technology, companies are scrambling to come up with their own Siris — think Amazon’s Alexa or Facebook’s chatbot, as The Verge points out.
It’s not quite clear how consumers can get their hands on Viv yet, and its founders are in the process of figuring out the best distribution method to get it to as many people possible. When they created Siri, they sold it to Steve Jobs and Apple, The Post reports, but it looks like they might want to keep Viv for themselves. And if she’s as good as early reports say she is, we don’t blame them.