Intelligent/Virtual Assistants ‘Amy’ and ‘Robert’ Hold Great Promise

Published by , May 15, 2016 11:51 pm

(RobotsAndAutomotiveNews)  Intelligent or virtual assistants, such as Siri and Cortana, are multiplying by the day. Currently there are around a dozen really well-known ones there’s several dozen other reasonably well-known ones talking or otherwise communicating their way into the public consciousness. Intelligent assistants can be placed in at least 10 different categories, such as text and chatbots, personal advisors, and employee assistants.
The virtual assistance technology that arguably holds most promise is the one produced by – in part because among its investors is SoftBank, the Japanese communications giant behind Pepper, the cloud-connected humanoid robot which is claimed to be able to discern human emotions and communicate appropriately. has raised close to $34 million to launch “Amy” and “Robert”, the names for the voices of its artificially intelligent assistant technology, which is still in beta mode.

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