Top Virtual Assistants

Top Virtual Assistants

There used to be a time when we longed for a smart dependable digital virtual assistants and there were none. But now the problem is that there are a ton of them. With the availability of all these virtual assistant that sound and seem smarter than some human beings, it is easy to get your head whirlpooled around these Top Virtual Assistants in trying to choose one of them.

Today we’re gonna list some of the most promising digital virtual assistants. We’ll also do a fair enough run through of these Top Virtual Assistants including but not limited to Siri, Cortana and Google Now.

Top Virtual Assistants

Siri

Siri is a virtual assistant for apple products. It is developed using Objective-C. Siri can do most of the things you are used to doing with your mobiles. It was first released on October 4, 2011.

Siri can show you the photos of certain location from certain date if you tell her so.

Siri can find you videos of certain events. She can also control your home environments such as Lightings. Reading emails, sending texts to someone, playing and shuffling your playlist, booking a table and finding the name of the song being played using Shazam app- she can do it all. She can also detect the selfies you have taken and of course, display them on your command.

It is available in many languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.

Siri can do many other things. They all cannot be listed here. For more on what Siri can do, go herehttp://www.apple.com/ios/siri/

Cortana

Cortana is an intelligent personal digital assistant developed by the Microsoft. It is coded in C#/C++. It can be used on windows phone, android, Microsoft PCs (Windows 8 and above) and Xbox. The name Cortana was adopted from the series-Halo or one of Halo’s artificially intelligent characters. It was first launched on April 2, 2014.

Cortana has the capability of location based notification trigger. Cortana in Windows 10 offers instant translations in various languages such as French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Cortana also allows multi-device syncing, multi tasking and recognize natural voice without keyboard inputs. It can also answer your question using the answers from Bing search Engine. Cortana has joined hands with FourSquare to help its users find the best restaurants around and book a table. It also collaborates with LIFX to control smart light bulbs.

Cortana is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Portuguese. More info on what Cortana is capable of here- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/cortanahttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/cortana.

Google Now

Google Now is a virtual assistant developed by Google. Google Now was first made available on July 9, 2012. It was applicable with android 4.1 (”Jelly Bean”)+, iOS 6.0+, Microsoft Windows, OS X and even platforms as well.

Google Now can look for attractive locations around you, keep you notified if you are running late, make translations, remind you of your television shows, price drops of products of interest, pay bills online and check your stock values. It can also save the location where you parked your vehicle. Public Transit is one of the available features. Though it was released early on mid 2012, the stable version was not available up until 2015.

It is available only in English.

Teneo

Teneo is a very smart virtual assistant. It can have a very human like conversation, learn from it and use it later during conversation. It can also provide a link to information or resources. It is primarily focused on helping the business personals create a customized natural language application. The main goal of Teneo is to enhance the automation of different services businesses provide.

Api.AI

Api.AI was developed by speaktoit- http://www.speaktoit.com/ technologies. It has been developed using the natural language processing engine built by speaktoit technologies. Api.AI provides the user with a web interface to make and examine the conversation scenarios.

Api.ai also supports Machine Leaning. Api.ai has been integrated with many other apps such as slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Telegram, Twilio, Cisco spark, etc.

Api.ai was first released on September, 2014. Api.ai has SDKs available for iOS, Mac OS X, Apple Watch, Android, HTML, Javascript, Node.js, c#, Python, Unity, Ruby, Xamarin and more.

Api.ai supports 14 different languages – Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Cantonese, Simplified, Traditional), English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.

Braina

Braina is an intelligent virtual assistant. It was developed by Brainasoft- https://www.brainasoft.com/braina/ for the Microsoft Windows platform. Braina can (help you) do all the regular things you do on your phone such as play songs, set an alarm, open and close files, extract information from internet, make calculations, etc. Braina can also control your computer with a Wi-Fi connection.

Braina is available for free. But there is also a premium version available for those interested in more interesting features. Braina was listed on “Top 10 essential free software for 2015” by Future Pic’s Tech Radar.

It accomplishes all this by using natural language processor and speech recognition technology.

Braina is available only in English.

Facebook M

Facebook M is a virtual assistant for the Messenger (M) of Facebook. This digital virtual assistant, Facebook M’s integration into the Messenger is ongoing. So, the availability of this particular digital assistant is limited.

It is rumored that Mark Zuckenberg is actively working on completing this project successfully. On its completion Zuckenberg want something like JARVIS from the movie Ironman- (also a rumor). And he plans to launch it with a bang.

On its release of stable version, Facebook M will be able to plan holidays, find the best restaurants around, completing e-commerce transactions (buying goods online), etc. This all will be accomplished with AI they are trying to build.

Niki

Niki is primarily focused on first class online shopping experience. Niki is worked upon by Niki.ai. An intelligent purchasing virtual assistant-Niki is believed to have the capacity to make purchase online, pay bills, find a taxi for you.Natural Language processing and speech recognition are the main building blocks of Niki.

Conclusion

Currentlt, the tussling for the top spot is between Siri, Cortana and Google Now. Though I think the Facebook’s Facebook M might have to say something about it in the future if all that is rumored is true.

Advancement is ongoing in all the fields- including AI technology. A famous futurist and transhumanist Ray Kurzweil has predicted that the robots will be smarter than humans by 2029-http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/ray-kurzweil-robots-smarter-humans-3178027. That is a topic of discussion for another day though.

Nevertheless, with the advancement of AI,  these digital virtual assistants will get better and better. If they opt not to, some new virtual assistant will take them over. So, we the bosses of the virtual digital assistants will always have a comfortable time bossing them no matter what. So, boss your digital assistant until 2029 because they might as well be smarter than you by 2029 as the expert said.

“Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference; we should each be treated with appropriate respect.”
― Arthur C. Clarke2010: Odyssey Two