At TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday, Siri creator Dag Kittlaus gave the audience a first-ever public demo of Viv, the new AI assistant with a goal of becoming the “intelligent interface for everything”.
The Viv AI assistant is more than just a voice-activated search tool—though search capabilities are indeed included in the technology’s ecosystem. Viv goes beyond scouring search engines such as Google for results; in the live demo, for instance, Kittlaus gave the command to pay a friend $20, and the AI platform completed the transaction through the Venmo app with a simple tap of the “pay” button.
Unlike Kittlaus’ predecessor Siri, Viv can store inquiries and understand follow-up questions with ease. Viv is also built to understand context, something current AI assistants often have trouble with.
The Washington Post reported last week that Facebook & Google are both interested in acquiring the Viv AI assistant, though Kittlaus denied commenting on either of these rumors at Disrupt on Monday. Kittlaus sold Siri to Apple back in 2010 for $200 million.
Check out a video of the demo of Viv at Disrupt below.