Let’s look at the 10 hottest AI apps that manage to harness tons of data in today’s changing environment.
SIRI is one of the most famous artificial intelligence applications. It is a personal assistant software for Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, and AppleTV, which works as a smart knowledge guide for recommending, answering questions, and delegating requests to other connected web services. The software is voice controlled and therefore returns individualized responses that are learned from the user’s language. According to Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, Siri receives 1 billion requests a week. As of 2016, Siri is available in 20 languages.
Another smart personal assistant is Google Now developed by Google, which is part of the Google application available for Android and iOS. To enable Google Now, you need to start the Google application and then allow Google to pull all the synchronized information from all the Google services you use and your location history to make recommendations and alerts to you. By disabling all the necessary privacy and tracking settings in this probably the most practical AI app, a user can view different Google Now cards: activity summary (steps you’ve taken to stay in shape), boarding pass (sent to Gmail account), shown later at the airport), Events (events scheduled in your Google Calendar), Flights (your flight status in real time), Location Reminders, Parking Location (helps find your parked car), Translation (look up word translations), TV (a list of programs broadcast in real time) and many others. All the commands in Google Now can be controlled by voice, however, they are limited. Google Now is currently available in English and is a major competitor to Siri.
Cortana is Microsoft’s smart personal assistant initially designed for Windows Phone, but is now available on Android, Windows 10, xBox One, and on Apple’s iOS. Cortana software reacts to a user’s voice and performs limited commands, answers questions using information from the installed browser (Bing by default), works as a secretary scheduling events, locating necessary files, and opening necessary applications. The Cortana artificial intelligence app can process voice commands in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese.
Alexa is the voice service created by Amazon for the Amazon Echo smart speaker, which was widely introduced in 2015. Alexa uses natural language processing algorithms to adapt to the user’s natural voice. Plus, because it’s built into the cloud, Alexa is constantly learning by recognizing patterns of user interactions. The more a user interacts with Alexa, the more it evolves and becomes smarter, providing higher quality answers to a user’s questions. The Alexa AI app has a free SDK that developers can use to create new voice-based AI software and devices.
Kinect is an AI-based motion controller and motion sensing technology from Microsoft used on Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles. Kinect analyzes the natural user interface and reacts to voice commands and gestures. Microsoft offers a free SDK for developers to create Kinect-enabled applications. This has already resulted in a wider application of Kinect technology for non-gaming purposes, including healthcare, retail, military, and robotics.
Braina is a free artificial intelligence application that works as a personal productivity software and a virtual office assistant on Windows computers. The software reacts to a user’s voice commands and performs different tasks on your computer accordingly. Due to the built-in voice recognition technology, a user can interact with their computer remotely via Wi-Fi through the Braina Android app. Braina is currently available in English, free and paid versions.
VIV is more than an artificial intelligence app, but an artificial intelligence platform from the creators of Siri. Unlike Siri, VIV has an open platform that allows developers to create external plugins to work with. The creators of VIV claim to be the first ever ubiquitous, consumer-oriented assistant. Work on it began in 2012. The demo version of the ‘smart interface for everything’ was presented by VIV CEO Dag Kittlaus at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May 2016.
PAN is a free artificial intelligence software that analyzes virtually any type of textual data, such as poetry, fiction, history, newspaper, etc. The application first analyzes the text, recognizes the structure of your sentences, the mood and the tone of the given text. PAN generally allows to put any text under a microscope and eventually provide different variations of its understanding based on a comprehensive analysis performed.
Wipro HOLMES is a cognitive artificial intelligence platform used for the development of predictive systems, visual computing applications, digital virtual agents, automation of cognitive processes, knowledge visualization, drones and robotics. Wipro HOLMES learns from new information and can make recommendations as well as predict failures. The platform was designed and introduced in 2016 by the Indian company Wipro to optimize business processes in corporations.
Wolfram Alpha is a free intelligent response engine, which uses artificial intelligence to provide answers to a user’s questions from a selected data set such as statistics, cross-source checking, expert reviews, etc. Wolfram Alpha differs from semantic search engines like Google in the way that it provides specific answers from a structured set of information instead of matching the question to the best answer by indexing multiple answers to that question. Wolfram Alpha is being used to respond to some requests from Apple’s Bing, DuckDuckGo, and even Siri. The Wolfram Alpha app is available for iOS and Android, Kindle Fire, Nook.
Artificial intelligence is undoubtedly a very powerful tool for creating experiences never before imagined. We hope that the artificial intelligence applications entering our lives will continue to serve humanity in the most beneficial way.