Question:

Where did the virtual assistant come from?

15 October, 2021 Paul Pecora 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: JEANICE MICHAUD
    21 October, 2021

    Answer: The truth is out there.

    A lot of consumers saw the movie Disclosure in 1994 where virtual assistants were cast as sex objects. It's likely these people went on to create Siri or Alexa for their iPhones and Kindles respectively. What I know for sure, this was not an effort fueled by altruistic public service needs; it was about tax benefits and less susceptibility to sexual harassment suits. They probably sold around 4% of their company's worth, but it turned into 80% because Americans like the word "virtual."

  • AUTHOR: JERRY CENTER
    21 October, 2021

    There are many theories about how the term Virtual Assistant or VA came to be, but there is no concrete answer. Much of this is due to the increased usage of the term in recent years, compared with its use in early days relative to computer science. However, it may have come from research on automated assistants for disabled people-that is, an assistant that cannot be seen by its user. As time went on and it became less expensive to create advanced software programs that could not only "think" but diagnose problems would be helpful as well as easy for humans as well as any disabled person around them - such as those with sight disabilities.

  • AUTHOR: CAMELLIA GEDDES
    21 October, 2021

    Virtual assistants were always around in some form, but they almost exclusively fulfilled practical routines like setting appointments and following recipes. Then, along came programs like Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana that made magic feel possible. They could answer obscure questions with impressive accuracy or find info on any topic in the world instantly. And while they're still pretty new-fangled (Siri wasn't released until 2011), virtual assistants are poised for big things; every major player is investing heavily to make their assistant smarter than the rest.

  • AUTHOR: JOAN KAZMIERCZAK
    21 October, 2021

    The history of voice assistants in computing traces back to IBM's "Oyster" project, which became the company's first commercial text-to-speech system. Introduced in 1954, it translated English words into speech at 5 WPM. After PCs became common household items, computers were able to utilize vocal interfaces by understanding voice commands and responding appropriately through speech synthesis. 1990 saw the development of Apple Computer's PlainTalk software suite, an early example of natural language processing technology for personal computers that enabled users to input data using speech rather than numerical keystrokes.

  • AUTHOR: RAYMOND BURESH
    21 October, 2021

    The term "virtual assistant," or VA, is a digital agent that carries out some or all of a person's administrative work. It can often take the form of a chatbot, an automated computer program usually designed to simulate human skills for performing general office tasks. Such programs can be used in order to cut costs and carry out simple functions such as finding contact data on specific companies or persons, checking spelling mistakes or scheduling meetings. Tur Tur means `Tur Tourists' in Turkish and enables members of the public to access tourism-related information from their own home on desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones and from kiosks at airports and railway stations throughout Turkey with 190 million visitors per year and 7200+ hotels.

  • AUTHOR: RUSSELL FETZER
    21 October, 2021

    The origin of a virtual assistant can be traced back to 1978 when Doug Englebart developed the idea for a "desktop wizard" that could help users by giving them salient information. Two years later, Larry Tesler wrote BackRub which would eventually morph into Google. In 1992, an early form of the personal computer called the Virtual Office Assistant was developed at Carnegie Mellon University that featured contextual menus and other interactive features. The first voice-activated virtual assistant wasn't created until 1995 with IBM's ViaVoice product. Finally in 2002 came Clippy who would go on to provide Microsoft Word's pop-up helper tool for five years before being retired in 2007.