Thursday, February 09, 2017

Battle of the Bots: A Truly Useful Helper Is Approaching Fast

For a virtual helpmate to run your life, it needs to engage with the providers of all the services you rely on, from your calendar app to your Uber ride. Those providers must either partner with the company operating the assistant or design their app to integrate with the assistant. So Spotify will stream music upon request via Alexa, and Honeywell’s smart-home thermostat, via Assistant, will bump up the temperature 15 minutes before Grandma’s expected arrival.

For providers, “if there is a competitive advantage to be gained, then absolutely they will do it,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research at market research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "Battle of the Bots: A Truly Useful Helper Is Approaching Fast" by Ethan Baron.


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