One can argue that it all started with Siri, iPhone’s built-in phone assistant. Since then, everyone is looking to get on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) bandwagon. The growing advancement and fascination for AI has made it a very promising market segment.
Almost all the large tech companies have either jumped in or are ready to. Interestingly, the phone assistant powered by AI has become so commonplace that most people don’t know they are using AI.
Let me show you a very interesting illustration that sums up the AI scene. This is courtesy of the Artificial Intelligence Blog;
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Amazon is one of the most evolving companies of our times. From selling books online to Kindles to the largest marketplace online that ever existed. They aim to carry their ambitions forward with Echo. The AI behind Echo called Alexa has been cleverly designed echo to be integrated with the company’s other products such as phones, tablets, cars and fridges. The best thing about Echo is that it is open source and can be enhanced by anyone.
When it comes to NLP (natural language processing), the thing you do when you speak to and order your personal assistant, Echo is falling short of the rest. However, the company realizes it and are determined to fix this complaint.
The advantage with Google is that it is everywhere. They have various popular services and unsurprisingly Google Assistant seamlessly integrates with them all. When you own the largest mobile operating system, you are sure to make it count.
Google have made it clear that they want serious advancements in AI and personal assistants. You can expect the Google technology to advance leaps and bounds in the coming years.
Here is a surprising entry. You may not have thought that Facebook’s AI assistant would make this list – or that Facebook AI assistant even exists. It doesn’t commercially exist at the moment but various inside sources confirm that Facebook is finalizing its AI component and it will be out shortly.
Why I included Facebook in this list when they do not have a personal assistant? There is a simple reason for that. Facebook is going to be a formidable player in the AI world. The amount of data they have is humongous compared to other players, even Google. Usage of Facebook is such as big part of our lives now that it only makes sense that its personal assistance AI would play a gigantic role as compared to other assistants.
I mentioned at the beginning of the article that Siri is the pioneer of phone assistant AI. But it has become disappointing after a while. It is getting better but it is more becoming clumsier. This has given an edge to Alexa and Google Assistance.
Probably one of the glaring problems is Apple’s strange choice of keeping its user’s data away from cloud. It means that Siri has to go through your data on your device not a cloud system.
Samsung have not yet made the mark with their AI called Bixby as yet. However, you can be sure that Samsung would soon be a very big player in the AI circle. Bixby’s language support is only available in Korean right now. It will be available in English soon.
However, right now, Samsung has a lot of catching up to do.