Earlier today, Dwayne Johnson — y'know, The Rock — dropped a bombshell: he had a new film coming out, today, funded by Apple, co-starring Siri.
Here it is.
If you're someone who's constantly talking to Siri on your phone, you might be shocked by some of the big changes coming to the digital assistant. Today at Apple's annual developer conference, the company announced a bunch of upgrades and tweaks that will be coming to Siri later this year with the launch of iOS 11. There's an assortment of big changes being made to the artificially intelligent helper, so let's dive right in.
We all know Apple's game by now. Wait in the wings while all of the other companies fuck up while trying to innovate, and then, just when it seems almost too late, introduce a product that does the same thing as everybody else's product, but better. This is bound to be true with the rumoured Siri speaker. The idea is oddly exciting.
On Tuesday, Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, kicks off, and that means we will soon learn more about the company's newest and most exciting products. This year, the event runs from June 5 to June 9 (June 6 to June 10 in Australia) and is expected to serve as the launching point for major updates to iOS and macOS, as well as some new hardware.
Video: In the age of Siri, we take for granted how far speech recognition technology has come. But a quick glance back at 1986, when IBM introduced its voice recognition software, shows that we've travelled light years since the earliest version of this game-changing software. And it's even more fun in satire form.
Bixby is Samsung's voice agent: an AI, or assistant, or bot, or whatever you want to call it, that the company wants to work alongside touch input on your smartphone and be every bit as seamless as typing already is. It has big aspirations for its virtual assistant, and its debut on the Galaxy S8 is only the start.
When a young boy identified only as Roman couldn't wake up his unconscious mother, he did what any astute, technologically-adept four-year-old would do: He used his mother's finger to unlock her phone, and then asked Siri to call emergency services. The boy's actions saved his mother, but the incident exposes some dark and dangerous flaws in our increasingly landline-less world.
Good news for anyone with an Android phone that isn't a Pixel: Google Assistant is rolling out to more phones, new and old. That means many more of us will be able to take advantage of Google's latest and smartest AI. There are some things both the Google Assistant and Siri are excellent at — like pulling up emails or showing photos you've taken in the last week in a specific city (Apple really seems to be catching up to Google in the image analysis department).
One of the tasks any respectable virtual assistant should be able to carry out for you is to discover new music, and Siri is certainly up to speed in this regard. If you're lacking inspiration for your next road trip tune or party mix, here are some of the ways you can get Siri to help.
From Tesla’s self-driving cars to Siri’s voice recognition, Deep Learning has paved the way for today’s major tech innovations. You can dive into this groundbreaking field with the Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence Introductory Bundle.
Google Assistant is not intuitive. Gizmodo reporter Michael Nunez found that out the hard way when he tried to arrange a romantic date with it. I had less lofty goals when I played around with Google Assistant. I just wanted to see how well it stacked up to Apple's Siri. While Google's AI bot is extraordinary in some ways, ultimately, it's still a very dumb digital assistant that fails to live up to its own hype.
There are so many AI-powered digital assistants out there these days, we'll forgive you if you've lost track. Hound is an offering from Shazam rival SoundHound, and it's packed with an impressive number of features considering it doesn't have the weight of Apple or Google's engineering teams behind it. Here are five reasons we like it.
The macOS 10.12 beta is now available for public download. We've already previewed the new features using the developer beta, and our first impressions were very positive. Mac users will love the changes.
The Apple TV brings with it a revamped, Siri-powered remote control to make it easier for you to jump between menus, navigate through content and beat your high score on Crossy Road. With a simple hack the remote can also be used to control your Mac OS X machine. Here's how it's done.