“AI is the new UI” may be a cliché now. But back in 2011 when Apple first released Siri, the capability to control a mobile device by talking to it through an intelligent assistant was revolutionary. Granted, Siri wasn’t as smart as HAL in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” or Eddy, the shipboard computer in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” but it made enough of an impact on consumer technology to spawn a stream of similar intelligent assistants.
Siri was soon followed by Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Assistant. And these will likely be joined soon by many others, including Samsung’s Bixby, which is based on technology Samsung acquired when it bought Viv, a company founded by the people behind Siri.