The SRI lab behind the technology that evolved into Apple’s Siri is at it again with a new digital assistant that goes beyond voice recognition and dictation. The lab’s current project, codenamed Bright, includes motion and gesture detection, habit recognition, and machine learning. This new Siri has no consumer roadmap yet as Bright is still under development, but its ideas and promise could revolutionize how we use our devices and desktop.
In brief, Bright incorporates gaze-tracking cameras, touchscreens, and gesture detection to see and learn your habits. The software then builds a cognitive model of how you behave in various situations. With enough learning, Bright can predict your behavior, and thus make decisions for you, or at least simplify the decision making process.
Putting Bright into practice could include your desktop detecting your after-lunch routine of going through emails by automatically bringing forward your email tab or refreshing your inbox. The system could also learn you habit of listening to The Doors’ Riders On the Storm every day as you wind down from work and start playing it sharply at 5pm to let you know that your workday is done.
SRI is initially developing this tech for high-pressure environments such as first responders and the military, which should come as no suprise as SRI originally developed Siri for a DARPA project. Can this new Siri deliver on the promises of the original and make our computing future Bright? Watch this space as the tech develops.
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