Intelligent personal assistant

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An intelligent personal assistant is a mobile software agent that can perform tasks or services for an individual. These tasks or services are based on user input, location awareness, and the ability to access information from a variety of online sources (such as weather or traffic conditions, news, stock prices, user schedules, retail prices, etc.). Examples of such an agent are Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, Samsung's S Voice, LG's Voice Mate, SILVIA, HTC's Hidi and One Voice Technologies' IVAN.


According to venture capitalist Chi-Hua Chien[1] of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, examples of tasks that may be performed by a smart personal agent-type of Intelligent Automated Assistant[2] include schedule management (e.g., sending an alert to a dinner date that a user is running late due to traffic conditions, update schedules for both parties, and change the restaurant reservation time) and personal health management (e.g., monitoring caloric intake, heart rate and exercise regimen, then making recommendations for healthy choices).

Intelligent personal assistant technology are enabled by the combination of mobile devices, application programming interfaces (APIs), and the proliferation of mobile apps. However, intelligent automated assistants are designed to perform specific, one-time tasks specified by user voice instructions, while smart personal agents perform ongoing tasks (e.g., schedule management) autonomously.


The intelligent personal assistant has its origins from a military-funded artificial-intelligence project called CALO, for "cognitive assistant that learns and organizes".[3] Adam Cheyer, a project manager from CALO, took a team from the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center and created the start up Siri. This was the first well known intelligent personal assistant.

Aspects of a Intelligent Personal Assistant[edit]

Organize and Maintain Information[edit]

On of the key aspects of an Intelligent Personal Assistant is its ability to organize and maintain information. This includes the management of emails, calendar events, files, to-go lists, etc.[4]


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  1. ^ "Chi-Hua Chien". CrunchBase. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ Empson, Rip (2011-07-29). "Three Companies Chi-Hua Chien Of Kleiner Perkins Would Love To Invest In". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ Naone, Erica (March 2009). "TTR10: Intelligent Software Assistant". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  4. ^ Chaudhri, Vinay; Cheyer, Adam; Guili, Richard; Jarrold, Bill; Myers, Karen; Niekrasz, John, A Case Study in Engineering a Knowledge Base for an Intelligent Personal Assistant