Back in July, Universal Pictures released The Secret Life of Pets, an animated adventure about what pets do when their human companions aren’t home.
While Siri still isn’t quite up to the mark when it comes to having back and forth conversations and asking obscure, complex questions, it’s gotten pretty good at some key things. Things that a lot of iPhone users use Siri for, like calling someone, sending someone an iMessage, time zone or currency conversion and the like. Siri is so good at these things that I usually skip the UI and ask Siri to do those things for me even when my fingers are right there on the screen (Hey Siri command really helps there). But there’s one more thing you can add to that list – device commands.
PayPal has been updated to play nicely with Siri, allowing users to send and receive money using only their voice. The feature is available in 30 countries, including the U.S., and uses simple commands like, “Hey Siri, send Tom $20 using PayPal.”
When it comes to Artificial Intelligence, Apple has its foot in the door, but other companies have blown that door wide open and taken over the room.
For whatever reason, Apple seems to greatly prefer Siri on iOS over Siri for the Mac. The virtual assistant debuted all the way back in 2011 alongside the iPhone 4s and just this year it finally moved to the Mac with macOS Sierra. But Apple still left one feature of Siri behind: “Hey Siri” activation.
Artificial Intelligence is a huge tentpole feature for many companies, including Facebook, Google, and even Apple.
I’m the forgetful kind. It’s the simple things like buying trivial items that gets me the most. I try to use apps and tools to help me with that. After upgrading to watchOS 3, I’ve found that the best way to do that, for me, is to use the new Reminders app and the new watch face complication.
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the next big step in technology and consumer products, and Apple had a pretty big head start in the way it is being implemented now. But depending on who you ask, that head start may have been squandered.
Back in May of this year, Adam Cheyer and Dag Kittlaus showed off their new attempt at building a breakthrough artificial intelligence-based assistant.