Dag Kittlaus

Co-founder & CEO Siri and Co-founder & CEO Viv

It may surprise many to learn that the virtual personal assistant, Siri, was not actually created by Apple, but by Norwegian inventor Dag Kittlaus. From this, he is now paving the way in the artificial intelligence industry, and developing virtual personal assistants that are accessible to everyone.

The Siri start-up was founded in 2007 at the Stanford Research Institute with the help of a $25million backing from Mergenthaler and Menlo Ventures. The team that worked alongside Dag was the chief architect of the CALO at SRI, Adam Cheyner, and web geniuses Tom Grilber and Norman Winarsky. Together, the team created the world’s first virtual personal assistant, named Siri, which in Norwegian means ‘beautiful victorious counsellor’.

The start-up attracted the attention of Steve Jobs, and following a personal phone call to Dag, Apple acquired Siri in 2010 for an estimated $200 million, leading to the successful commercialisation of the world’s first virtual personal assistant. Dag joined the Apple team as Director of iPhone Apps, and was responsible for running the Siri and speech recognition teams.

Dag then went on to create Viv, the global brain, that continues to expand the capabilities of artificial intelligence. Dag’s aim is to ‘enable everyone to talk to everything’, by adding an intelligent and conversational interface to just about anything. Viv takes Siri on to the next level, by answering more than just simple questions and understanding human intent. In October 2016, Samsung acquired Viv for $215million.

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