In the age of Siri, we take for granted how far speech recognition technology has come. But a quick glance back at 1986, when IBM introduced its voice recognition software, shows that we’ve travelled light years since the earliest version of this game-changing software. And it’s even more fun in satire form.
Like a mix between Her and the Black Mirror Christmas Special, the Gatebox is a creepy personal assistant that puts the emphasis on personal and doesn’t seem to do much assisting.
Want a digital personal assistant like Siri but without all that iPhone? You're not alone. Cluzee, a new app for Android, promises to fill that void. Unfortunately, Cluzee needs a little more time in temp school.
Apple's demos of the new iPhone 4S' Siri smart assistant are very impressive, but they're just controlled demos. Stuff.tv got their hands on an iPhone 4S and played quite a bit with in a public place. It's still very impressive.
Apple is betting that Siri—the artificially intelligent assistant that can understand and interpret you as you speak naturally—will make you buy the iPhone 4S. This has been a dream of humans for years, as this video shows.
This just blew my mind. Back in 1987 Apple made a video about a future computer that would have a touchscreen with a computerize assistant you could talk to. They were off in their prediction by only 18 days. Wow.
Tomorrow you will see Assistant working on iOS 5 and, presumably, the iPhone 4S. Assistant is an artificial technology that interprets what you are saying, like the Enterprise computer. It's like, magic, they say. This video mockup shows how it works.
Alfred will soon be your next BFF. He is a know-it-all that will tell you what you want before you want it. And he will live with you always on your iPhone.
The self service world is a beautiful thing. Self-checkout lines. Vending machines. Amazon. Long gone are the days of being afraid to buy, say, a carton of whipped cream chargers, an oversized balloon and the newest Glee Soundtrack, because some dowdy employee's gonna give you the stinkeye.
This Digital Office Assistant, a concept by Michael Kritzer, actually looks rather useful, and is designed with open plan offices in mind. The device sits on four wheels, houses a collapsable workspace, seating area, notebook slot, auxiliary power outlets, in-built external HDD and general storage compartments.
With recent tragedies surrounding our space an pornography programs, one major death has been passed over by the media. We are speaking of the late, not-necessarily-beloved Clippy who was brutally murdered out of Office 2007. Here is what Jensen Harris, Office Group Program Manager, had to say about the recent death.