AI or Artificial Intelligence is a development of computer systems that basically able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, and nowadays major technology companies are racing to upgrade smartphones and other devices with software that eventually help them think like people. Have you noticed Jarvis in Iron Man? Yea, something like that. Here is the list of 7 Tech Giant Companies that are Racing For AI Development.
Google is currently making a high-profile push into AI and Google’s ambitions go beyond the phone.
The new Google Assistant software is being built into new Pixel handsets where it features aiming to outdo Apple’s Siri. Enabling users to organize and use information on the devices and in the cloud, check emails, stay up to date on calendar appointments, news or ask for traffic and weather data.
Besides that, Google also offers AI through its Allo messaging application which can be installed on smartphones, and its Google Home hub, an independent device similar to Amazon’s Echo which responds to voice commands to manage tasks and compute information where people live.
Apple was the pioneer to offer its personal assistant, introducing Siri for the iPhone in 2011, and has been working to improve it over the years, including in the latest iPhone 7 as Siri was upgraded to interact with non-Apple applications, so users can book a ride with Grab or make payments via Square Cash.
Apple has also introduced a Home application that can connect with smart appliances and other devices, and is reportedly working on a standalone speaker similar to Amazon Echo and Google Home.
In 2014, Amazon introduced its Echo home assistant, a voice-activated speaker, powered by its “Alexa” artificial intelligence program where users can ask for news or information updates, as well as ordering goods from the online retail giant.
Echo also can perform as a connected-home hub which can control compatible appliances, lightbulbs and other devices. After introducing Echo, Amazon has launched a smaller version called “Dot” and integrated Alexa into its Fire TV devices.
The South Korean tech giant actively starts its AI efforts by purchasing the US startup Viv Labs, launched by the creators of Apple’s Siri.
Samsung says the acquisition announced this month is part of its effort to provide AI-based voice assistance services its customers can use across all Samsung devices and products, from smartphones to televisions to washing machines.
Samsung, the world’s leading maker of smartphones powered by Google’s free Android software also has its own Tizen mobile operating system, where on how it may field its own virtual assistant technology remains to be secret for now.
Microsoft‘s personal assistant uses the name Cortana (a name based on a character in its blockbuster game “Halo”) was unveiled in 2014 and is available on Windows devices and its Xbox console and as an application on Apple iOS and Android devices.
Cortana responds to spoken requests or commands, using insights information from calendars, contact lists, online searches and other smartphone sources to respond in a manner similar to a real-life aide.
Facebook is also heavily investing in AI development where believed to be working on a personal assistant with the codename “M”.
The social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants to create a real-life version of “Jarvis,” the assistant in the Marvel Comics series “Iron Man.”
For now, Facebook is enabling AI-powered “bots” on its Messenger mobile application that allows users to get answers to questions and engage in text exchanges as though chatting with the social network itself.
Giant technology firm, IBM made headlines nearly 20 years ago with “Deep Blue” software that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov at his own game, and more recently with “Watson” artificial intelligence that winning over top human players in a Jeopardy! television game show.
IBM has put Watson to work making business systems and services smarter with data and customers. Thousands of tech fans and people are expected to attend a World of Watson conference that soon will held later in Las Vegas.