Adam Cheyer: The Man Behind the Invention of Siri
If you’ve ever used Siri, the virtual assistant created by Apple, then you’ve got Adam Cheyer to thank. Cheyer is the man behind the invention of Siri, the modern-day Wizard of Oz.
Cheyer, a 1988 graduate of Stanford University, developed the first prototype for Siri while working at the nonprofit research institute SRI International. The idea for Siri came from Cheyer’s interest in artificial intelligence and his desire to create a personal assistant that could understand natural language.
Cheyer and his team at SRI developed the first version of Siri in 2003. The program was designed to be an intelligent personal assistant that could understand natural language and respond to voice commands. The program was initially called CALO (Cognitive Agent that Learns and Organizes) and was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Cheyer and his team continued to develop and refine the program over the next few years. In 2007, the program was acquired by Apple and renamed Siri. Apple released the first version of Siri in 2011.
Since then, Siri has become one of the most popular virtual assistants on the market. It has been used by millions of people around the world to do everything from setting reminders to ordering food.
Cheyer has since gone on to found several startups, including Viv Labs, which was acquired by Samsung in 2016. He continues to be involved in the development of artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology.
In short, Adam Cheyer is the man behind the invention of Siri. His work has revolutionized the way we interact with technology and has made our lives easier. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his contributions to the world of artificial intelligence.