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Samsung acquires Viv, the AI bot developed by the original creators of Siri
Over the last year, the artificial intelligence assistant “Viv” has garnered a lot of attention. Viv was cofounded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, the original creaters of Siri, and has been billed as a more powerful and more capable personal assistant than Siri. Now, TechCrunch reports that Samsung has acquired Viv and plans to implement it into its devices.It's unclear how much Samsung will pay for Viv, but for the sake of comparison, Apple is believed to have paid upwards of $200 million for Siri when it acquired the company back in 2010.For the time being, Viv will operate as an independent company, offering serves to Samsung and its devices, according to TechCrunch.Viv was initially unveiled earlier this year. Prior to the unveiling, Kittlaus and Cheyer teased the service, explaining that Viv was much more capable than Siri and that they never intended for Siri to turn into the “clever AI chatbot” that it did.The big selling point of Viv is its integration with third-party services and apps, something that Apple is slowly bringing to Siri with iOS 10. Interestingly, Siri integrated data from 42 different services when it was first launched, but Apple simplified it before adding it to the iPhone.