Siri co-founder leaves Apple

Siri co-founder leaves Apple
Dag Kittlaus, Siri co-founder and CEO from 2007, was an important person in establishing the service all the way until it was acquired by Apple in April 2010. Recently, he has left Apple - shortly after the launch of the iPhone 4S. It's not yet confirmed by Cupertino itself, but it's said that Kittlaus and Apple parted ways on an amicable note and the main reason behind Kittluas's decision was his determination to spend more quality time with his family in Chicago.

That doesn't affect the rest of the Siri team, though, which is expected to continue working with Apple. Kittlaus on his part was listed as director of iPhone apps at Apple. After leaving the company, Kittlaus will now focus on new entrepreneurial ideas.

The history of Siri goes back to forty years ago and a DARPA-funded CALO project, part of the bigger Personal Assistant that Learns (PAL) project. It is thus using many years of research, although, not all of the technologies from CALO have been put to use in Siri. 

You can use Siri for a range of tasks, but most importantly – the service leverages information about you from your phone and uses it as context for  better accuracy. Its range goes from commands concerning your contacts and the address book, the organizer, email, maps, notes, stocks and websearch.

Do you think that something will change in the way the project is developed after the parting of Kittlaus? 

source: AllThingsD

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33 Comments

1. zeke117

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

and then google contracts the guy, and the voice command on ios (siri) will look like S**T xD FIRST!

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha and then apple sues them and makes a lot of money and google really cant do anything except whine about it...

29. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Apple usually doesn't sue for money. That's Microsoft's M.O. Apple is out for blood. With how they are suing Samsung and HTC, they want injunctions against them to stop production.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

something tells me there was some internal turmoil. noone drops a huge position like "director of iphone apps" to go "focus on other things".

4. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Some people find family time more important than status. I am not saying this is one of those cases though, :)

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes I agree, to leave & not enjoy the fruits of your labor seems suspicions to me. We will never know what goes on behind closed doors at Apple but to me internal turmoil could be very true. The man looks too young for an excuse like that. I could be 100% wrong, but as business man to me it does look a little strange for such a abrupt departure. I guess we will never know!

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

agreed,was definitely internal turmoil most probably apple trying to massively overstep the boundaries of control again. This is no adobe ie. a separate entity or company,siri was bought out by apple and as so this Poor Dag Kittlaus had no choice but to bow to apples overlord dominion. The only way for him was to leave no doubt in 'Amicable' ways.......Lets see how long it is before he gets picked up by a free and open platform!!

14. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

every bit of that comment was android fanboy just so u know ^

15. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Apple trying to control....their own product???!! Ghastly! Those fiends!

3. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Maybe I'm missing something, but my Galaxy S II does the same things that Siri does. Sets alarm clocks, opens apps, opens texting and sends texts, gets me directions and so forth, all at the request of my voice. The only thing, my phone doesn't backtalk :) Wonder why he left.

5. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You are right because i have used this feature on both phones and SIRI by far understands me better. Or maybe it's because the voice recognition is from 'nuance' and i been using them to write projects for years.

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I agree that Android is capable of the majority of the same functions... but as someone who owns a Thunderbolt and uses voice commands on a daily basis, I would take Siri if someone offered it to me. No, I do not think it is as ground breaking as it is advertised to be, but I wouldn't mind being able to speak to it in more of a conversation format rather than a simple command. Bottom line is that both Siri and Android get the job done but in my opinion Siri is a more elegant way to do it.

6. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

COME TO ANDROID ! WE WILL HELP YOU ! LOL :P

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe Dag wants to spend more time with his family and work near them? He has now put himself 'on the market' as it were. It will be interesting to see who picks him up. If he shows up at Google, we may get to see if Steve really passed away....

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Besides, he probably had to agree to guide Siri along until it made its first production release on the iPhone as a condition of the acquisition (and his share of the acquisition price got vested). Now Dag is free (if he doesn't get sued for moving to Google if that is where he ends up).

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

it is a good time to retire early and enjoy a good life.

10. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

SAY HELLLOOOO TO DROID MR KITTLAUS!

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hmmm, and yet, my Android phone reads back to me my emails....SIRI does not do that.

16. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Yes it does. You can select text throughout the entire OS and it will read it back to you.

26. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

wait... seriously? thats how it works??? LOL!!!! i can choose anything on my phone and it will read it to me. isnt the point that u dont need to LOOK at your phone... if i have to look and select what i want read then what good is it? id just read it.

27. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Show me evidence of an Android phone getting an emil, and automatically read it back to you with no interaction with the phone whatsoever. I'll wait.

30. koutrelakos

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

If I'm listening to music on my headphones, and I hear the notification that I've received a new text or email, i simply hold the mic button for Siri, say "read message" and it does it. Phone is still in my pocket. This 4S is my first Apple product, had Android since the OG Droid and will be purchasing the Nexus Prime or the Razr next month to interchange with my 4S. Oh, I also have a Xoom, waiting patiently for ICS.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

typical fandroid posting without really knowing anything.

28. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Taco culero

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Siri is nothing new. Android has had this since 2003.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Siri is new to iPhone....

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, the cover story about Kittlaus's parting may ne true, but Jobs has a troubling track record of playing cuckoo wasp to companies, getting in on them and then ousting founding members to take their place through shady means. He did it to Pixar, he did it to Apple when he came back. Of course he's dead now, but Nuance was acquired before he died, and Apple was rumored to have set up a system to keep doing things the Jobs way.

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Spouting non sense again? You should read his biography so at least you'll know what you're talking about. I'm sure there's some shady app on android where you can download it free. I know you don't like paying for stuff.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"I know you don't like paying for stuff." I love the generalization here. Tell me, Taco, since you can see so far into me, to what extent do I "not like to pay for stuff"? Do you mean to insinuate that I constantly steal? Do you mean to insinuate that sometimes I'd rather see if I can obtain something for free if I'm not sure plunking down my hard earned cash wouldn't be a gigantic waste? Have you read the biography yourself? I've read the introduction and part of the first chapter. (free preview from Amazon). It's promising. There's supposed to be good and bad in there. We'll see what details get revealed in the biography.

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

"free" I knew that was the key word for you. Most android users pick it because it's easy to pirate music and apps plus there's a ton of free apps on it. They also hate to spend a few extra bucks for expandable memory. This despite the lack of support from OEM's and the buggy software.

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