The former head of the project criticized Siri voice assistants

Many years of development, voice assistants are independent corporations and did not lead to their full integration into the life of the users. This fact is recognized by bill Stasior, a former team leader for the development and improvement of Siri in Apple. Despite the ability of the voice assistants to enable and turn on the lights, start the coffee, and perform other tasks, they have not learned how to communicate with users as naturally as real people, keeping the conversation going.

“In my view, none of the virtual assistant today is not able to understand people as naturally as they understand other people, says Stasior. – I think all have learned what commands voice assistants can perform and some can’t. And even now we can observe how rapidly evolving [voice assistants], I’m sure they still have a long way to go”.

How to improve Siri

But Stasior rights. Initially it was assumed that the assistants, in fact, will provide us the opportunity to communicate with a smartphone as with a living person. The main problem of modern voice assistants is that, no matter how advanced they may be, their functionality is mainly limited to the performance of certain teams. Even their ability to recommend something that is still extremely underdeveloped, not to mention the fact, to support full conversation.

But I personally unimportant the ability to voice assistants to keep the conversation going. For me, more importantly, almost all of them are still too dependent. For example, they are unable to perform most of everyday activities for us, which not only set an alarm or reminder to go to the hairdresser. Given the level of immersion of smartphones in our lives, voice assistants could buy us plane tickets, automatically filling the required details, place orders in online stores based on the added to cart products, or at least to interact with third-party applications.

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