Question:

What was the first virtual assistant?

15 October, 2021 Margarett Ramage 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: ROBERT BYRON
    17 October, 2021

    Siri is the first and, currently, best virtual assistant. Virtual assistants created by other companies use Siri as a source of data including customer service queries and product knowledge. Afterward, it builds up its own database to assist users and process their requests. They're not calling Apple's servers for this information- they're rolling with Siri. Apple has been working on artificial intelligence for decades; even before the iPhone got into the design phase in 2006, there was speculation Apple would create an AI interface that would revolutionize how we do things like control our home or find where we parked our car fully hands-free (to avoid distracted driving).

  • AUTHOR: LARRY KAZMIERCZAK
    17 October, 2021

    Siri. Apple's Siri made headlines when the company announced that the one billionth question was asked on October 15, 2012. For iPhone 4S users, yours truly has been there from day one. Siri is a virtual assistant from Apple Inc., for their iOS and OS X operating systems - specifically in response to voice input from a user's headset or computer, or in a particular area within an application running in an iPhone or iPad. Siri was developed by the artificial intelligence subsidiary of Apple Inc., provider of Internet services through its iTunes Store and App Store products, which introduced it on January 9th, 2011 at the Macworld Expo conference held annually in San Francisco. In June 2014, Microsoft released Cortana as Windows Phone 8.

  • AUTHOR: JEFFREY CULTON
    17 October, 2021

    I'll just point out that virtual assistants have not been around long enough to have a first. They're relatively new, and depend on the technological advancements of the time period where they originated from. Siri was one of the earliest developments in this field, as it has been available since iOS 10 was released in 2016. It is based on artificial intelligence from the Apple company which is integrated with features such as speech recognition, speech synthesis modeling and natural language understanding. Siri analyses what you say then decides whether you need a number or information contained in a map or email. It will do tasks for you like getting directions to a venue or checking into a flight for you because it knows how busy your life is!

  • AUTHOR: KEITH CULTON
    17 October, 2021

    The first known person to have a virtual assistant is Alice E. Paget, who was the manager of MIT's computing services at the time. Her VA was her secretary, Ellen Switaller, who handled every aspect of Paget's professional life during work hours - from answering mail to meeting scheduling and other tasks. The first legitimate example of a computer which could be used as one would use a human assistant back then would be Majel Barrett-Roddenberry in Star Trek, after she became the voice for computer systems like LCARS in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series (1987).

  • AUTHOR: EUGENE BYRON
    17 October, 2021

    The article mentions three such assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. But the earliest such assistant developed was ELIZA in academia during 1965 with AI pioneer MIT professor Joseph Weizenbaum. He created ELIZA to converse like a psychotherapist by conducting pattern matching and substitution (i.e., "your angry" ? "that makes you angry?"). It wasn't until chatbots became mainstream with the development of AIML in 1997 that virtual assistants became commercially viable.

  • AUTHOR: CARL LUPO
    17 October, 2021

    I'm honored and thrilled to be able to answer your question! Larry Tesler (1947-2011) is the "father of the personal computer". In 1965, when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was in 9th grade, he attended a lecture given by Larry. He then started attending University of Colorado with his professor, which lead him into working under Doug Englebart. It was this start that lead him into developing what we know as the design for an interactive computing system. If it weren't for Larry Tesler there would be no computers in homes across America and certainly not any in desktops or laptops!