Did Apple Spill The Beans On Its New Voice Assistant Product 24 Years Ago?
from the not-really,-but... dept
Back in 1987, Apple put out this video showing a future with a tablet-based virtual assistant called the Knowledge Navigator:
Based on the dates mentioned in the Knowledge Navigator video, it takes place on September 16, 2011. The date on the professor's calendar is September 16, and he's looking for a 2006 paper written "about five years ago," setting the year as 2011.Nicely done, Apple of the past.
And this morning, at the iPhone keynote, Apple announced Siri, a natural language-based voice assistant, would be built into iOS 5 and a core part of the new iPhone 4S.
So, 24 years ago, Apple predicted a complex natural-language voice assistant built into a touchscreen Apple device, and was less than a month off.