The Rise of the Virtual AI Assistant

Monday 24 April 2017

It might sound like something James Bond has when he’s on the road, but in modern life nearly every one of us will at some point come to interact with an AI assistant.

A virtual AI assistant isn’t a new phenomenon, they’ve been talked about by technology futurists since AI first came to light and they’ve been in practise without us realising it for nearly as long. In fact many of us, weather we use them or not, will be carrying a virtual assistant in our pocket every day in the form of Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant or Microsoft’s Cortana on our digital devices.

One of the newer entrants to the AI assistant market is AneedA. Developed by iam+, AneedA uses proprietary machine learning technology to understand natural language and engage with users in a human-like manner. iam+ founder Will.i.am has even performed a duet with Aneeda. 

But should we pay heed to the paranoid androids out there and resist the march of AI into the office? Or is 2017 set to be the boom year for the voice-controlled AI assistant?

With robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies rapidly becoming ingrained into our homes, daily routines and working lifestyles, it’s certainly looking like the latter is the more likely case.

With an AI assistant, having to read through reams of information before making a decision wouldn’t need to happen. Your AI assistant could summarise that information in the blink of an eye, enabling you to focus on more creative and interactive tasks.

Or imagine you have an important client coming into town. You AI virtual assistant could do far more than just cross check schedules to arrange a meeting time and book a meeting space. It could then go on to provide a summary of your previous interactions with the client, suggest discussion points for the meeting, take meeting notes and even pull together content which is relevant to the meeting as items are being discussed.

Even something as simple as answering the phone, our AI assistants could qualify the calls coming in to help teams better serve customers.

Given the rate of development of AI assistant technology it wouldn’t be surprising if AI assistants become the very foundation of how we work from day to day, and an integral part of our jobs in the next couple of years. We just need to give the technology a chance.

Want to interact with the next generation of virtual AI assistants? Come down to UC EXPO, 17-18 May at ExCeL London to try out AneedA for yourself. Register now at www.ucexpo.com

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