Siri Co-Founder: Apple's Announcement Will Be A 'World-Changing Event'

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In an interview with 9to5Mac, Siri board member and co-founder Norman Winarksy spilled a few beans about Apple’s big iPhone announcement tomorrow.Or at least about the impact his company’s software will make, in combination with the world’s best-selling smartphone.

Apple bought Siri last year, and is expected to use that technology to power a voice-controlled “Assistant” in the next iPhone.

We’ll break down some of the key points for you:

  • Nuance (another company) speech recognition is “less important than you’d think.” Siri has not always used Nuance, and it would be easy to hot swap out Nuance for a newer technology if Apple wanted to.
  • The iPhone 3GS was not powerful enough to handle Siri without limitations. The new iPhone will likely be powerful enough.
  • Apple will for the first time make artificial intelligence accessible to the masses:

Make no mistake: Apple’s ‘mainstreaming’ Artificial Intelligence in the form of a Virtual Personal Assistant is a groundbreaking event.  I’d go so far as to say it is a World-Changing event.”

To read the rest of the lengthy interview with Wonarsky, head over to 9to5 Mac.

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