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SILVIA project for Android aims to topple Siri and S Voice

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SILVIA project for Android aims to topple Siri and S Voice
Symbolically Isolated, Linguistically Variable, Intelligence Algorithms (SILVIA) sounds pretty sci-fi, but the folks over at Cognitive Code think they have what it takes to be better than popular natural language voice assistants for mobile like Apple's Siri or Samsung's S Voice. 

They might have gotten their confidence from the fact that the technology behind "SILVIA is being used for training and simulation applications by the US Army".

With SILVIA for Android the goal is to help interacting with your phone as if you would naturally talk with a human being, but through a process that always runs in the background of your system, learns about and memorizes tidbits of your personality, so it can serve its digital butler duties better. 

Cognitive Code thinks of introducing its patented process in many other devices like cars and toys, but your personal smartphone is, of course, a natural fit. Best of all - it runs directly on your phone or tablet, so the conversations with SILVIA will stay encrypted on it, rather than be trusted to Apple's or Samsung's servers. Oh, and it will ship initially with three personalities, including a snarky one.

The creators have commenced a Kickstarter project for polishing an app with the technology and bringing SILVIA for Android to its retail phase by mid-December, which you can check on in the source link, after watching the innovative way to interact with SILVIA in the video demo below by CEO Leslie Spring.

source: CognitiveCode (Kickstarter)

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posted on 31 May 2012, 09:17 11

1. Fayeznoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

seems impressive, will have to wait and see real world results.
Siri / Svoice are quite underwhelming.

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:25 3

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


posted on 31 May 2012, 09:26 7

3. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Sounds like a perfect merger with Majel.

I just wanted to also make mention that he is using a sprint Nexus, which is just a vanilla SGS1. It can run on my phone!!! yaaay!! lol. :)

If they can really make it work like that, that would be a massive improvement over ALL tech we currently use, Siri and Android commands. Now if we could just get rid of the robo-voice.

posted on 31 May 2012, 18:35

10. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

WTF?! I still have my SGS1 too! Man that was awesome it's literally a digital assistant! I hope they won't charge too much for it though. I'll pay a maximum of $6 to get that on my droid :)

*Nah I'll probably get it even if it costs much more, it just looks like so much fun :)

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:39

4. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

You guys think this is worth pledging money to?

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:39 1

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Silvia :**** :D

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:31

6. Synack (Posts: 681; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Definitely don't want the British Silvia. Anyone else notice Mr. SuperShakyHands?

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:37 3

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

"Anyone else notice Mr. SuperShakyHands?"

Yes, maybe some health problems. There is nothing to laugh about or escalate that.

posted on 31 May 2012, 11:18 7

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Not always a good thing to make fun of ailments, I tend to have shaky hands and that was from working with heavy tools during my time in construction business, so it's quite hard to use the touch feature on track pads as my fingers tend to hit the pad mistakenly. Not sure it will ever go away as it's the nerves that are damaged slightly. It's an annoyance at times when I have to use my gf laptop but I can deal with it.

Nice program these guys are working on, lets hope it can get smarter and doesn't consume mass amounts of RAM. Now let's do away with that robotic voice, that just makes you feel all sorts of weird having a conversation with that monotonic sounding assistant.

posted on 31 May 2012, 11:45 2

9. BravoTeam127 (unregistered)

Skynet anyone???

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