Siri's co-founder has some big predictions

Siri's co-founder has some big predictions
Love it or hate it, Siri’s integration into the iPhone 4S was a game-changer. Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Siri before Apple bought it, knew the technology added a whole new dimension to the smartphone realm, and indeed lay the foundation for virtual universal assistants that could be used anywhere and everywhere.

The folks at Forbes got to have lunch with him recently and Dag firmly believes that as virtual assistant, Siri, or similar technology continues to develop, so will it become an indispensable part of our daily lives. Of course that development will require programming an immense depth of understanding of all the facets in our society. Dag believes that in addition to reminding us about a scheduled appointment or booking a flight and hotel for us, Siri (and others) will also be able to handle tasks like ordering a new pair of jeans if we need it. To do this will require deep integration with all domains of commerce, but we can see that things are already headed in that direction.

Kittlaus had a few other predictions too. In addition to the virtual assistant that does everything, he also believes that we will see 3D printers, akin to the replicators depicted in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series, and that they will be able to create food. Teleportation? That made the list too.

The final prediction seems oddly feasible, arresting whatever causes aging. Imagine being able to control how long you live. With all the genetic research that is going on, this seems a near certainty in our future.

Ah yes, imagine the good old days of the future.  There you go, at the ripe age of 200-something, teleporting to your great-great-great-grandchildren’s house for a perfect replicated steak dinner, while Siri nags at you to eat more vegetables. Is it heaven?

source: Forbes



14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

A game changer? Wooooooooh! It was a gimmick, more or less, but it worked in a sense that it kept the iphobes coming back for more. With the amount of iPhones out there I've seen used, never once I've seen siri put to work. Now the iPhone 5 has smaller charger pin, BIG DEAL! Universal USB is smaller. An extra mm or two screen! Whoopy! We already have phones with bigger and longer screens! oh well, the tech and media will jump all over this like it was some God send thing. Sad.

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Media will jump on anything that they are PAID to jump for. They are as corrupt as every other corporation on planet.

23. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Apples got the money. Now those folks that camp out weeks or months prior to iPhone launch, I wonder if they're paid to do that. It is a very effective way of advertising.

11. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

3D printers already exist.

24. Chrissern

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I believe he was talking about 3D printers with no input other than energy, no plastic or other raw materials you need to put in it.

4. MeoCao unregistered

Google voice search and Siri, it's heaven and earth. And Siri, a half baked product, is available on some few selected iOS devices only while Google voice search is available to every1.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

but let me ask you this... who implemented it first? what a troll!

10. MeoCao unregistered

Troll? you are talking about yourself sir. Android had voice search long before Siri.

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

a virtual assistant?!

13. MeoCao unregistered

a virtual assistant? You mean the one specialized in finding stallions? LOL

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the last bit isnt oddly feasible. you can do all the genetic playing you want. until you find a way to keep radiation, free radicals (which are random electrons without a proton (which would be H when combined), as well as the destructive effects of the food we eat, air we breathe, carcinogens, nitrates, sulfides, so on and so forth... your not going to see major jumps in the age anymore. Maybe one of us will see 120-130.. but you will be a brittle arse bag of bones if you do. Even if you can slow down natural Programmed Cell Death and all the crap i just mentioned (as well as a lot I didnt like cancer), you may slow down aging, but it wont be much more than we have now. Things degenerate regardless due to time, wear and tear, ect. Your knees are not built to last 130 years lol. Hell, I dont want to live that long. Life is important because its short.

8. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Too right, people forget we start to die the moment we are born

1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the beginning of the article is right. love it or hate it Siri was a game changer that will only get bigger and better, but I want Siri to be like the Screen that used George Jetson at work... with a face

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your a sad troll with sad troll lines. I hope your weekend is better than your silly excuses to start flame wars. :)

5. Savage unregistered

He's right. Apple provides great ideas to work on. But their products are often outmatched by rivals.

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I don't think it was a game CHANGER, but a game evolver. Voice control and search preexisted the program, and apple reduced its functionality, but made it somewhat more comprehensive by tying it into a more interactive program for the entire device (Nuance may have also done that, I'm admittedly not familiar with the original iteration). It's still a flawed program and system, but it (and its rivals, notably Google Now) have much potential.

7. MeoCao unregistered

Agreed, what Apple often does well is marketing, like Siri it's a voice control functionality with a name. Same about Retina res. But essentially there's nothing new about it.

16. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If there was nothing new offered google wouldn't have bothered to make changes to google voice so quickly. Give credit where credit is due...Voice actions falls quite behind Siri. Google now is much improved

18. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Siri is awesome. Google Now is awesome. While iOS users are going to have both, poor Android users unfortunately won't be able to choose.

19. MeoCao unregistered

Google improves voice search not b-c of Siri, Google does not make voice search to tell jokes like Siri but to do serious searches. It's much more intelligent, more accurate and way faster than Siri. and Google Now is completely new frontier of AI and there's nothing like it anywhere.

20. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

That doesn't change the fact that iphone will have both options, while androids won't.

22. MeoCao unregistered

I don't think Android users miss Siri, Siri can be fun initially but becomes redundant soon after. Siri is just a gimmick.

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