It is not a secret that Siri has not kept up the pace that just
about all of us expected, including some of the Siri team. The
passion that Steve had seemed to have been waning deep inside of
Apple and the results were Dag and Adam Cheyer moved on and formed
Five Six Labs (V IV in Roman numerals) and Viv.
(VI and V are 6 and 5 in Roman numerals. IV is 4. So “Viv” could come from V-IV (5-4) or VI-V (6-5). This image from their website suggests “Viv” comes from 6-5. Anyway, Roman numerals suck. Update: The article now reads “formed Six Five Labs”, but still has the Roman numerals wrong.)
Tom Gruber, one of the original team members and the chief
scientist that created Siri technology, stayed on and continued
his work. During most of 2016 and 2017 we will begin to see the
results of this work. I call it Siri2 and am very certain Apple
will call it something else.
(No relation, for what it’s worth.)
Apple has always been a vital mix of internally created technology
and acquired technology. From iTunes to TouchID Apple has been
spectacular in identifying young and smart companies and
integrating them into the very core of Apple.
Late in 2015 Apple approached a small Cambridge, England Voice
AI company called VocalIQ and made a pitch to Blaise Thomson
that he could not refuse. As a University of Cambridge spin out,
VocalIQ had already been around for about 2 years and I had
become very familiar with their amazing technology. VocalIQ
built astounding technology that no doubt you and I will use
every day, some day soon.
Via Nick Heer (whose excellent Pixel Envy should be on your daily reads list), who writes:
So, who’s excited for WWDC?
★ Wednesday, 25 May 2016