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Speaker Adam Cheyer changed the way we interact with technology by inventing Siri and then Bixby. More than a billion devices worldwide now use his intelligent voice assistants. Away from his continuing work on Bixby, Cheyer is an accomplished magician and the co-founder of Change.org. Events devoted to the future of human-machine interaction find their perfect keynote speaker in Adam Cheyer.
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Inventor of both Siri and Bixby, technology speaker Adam Cheyer has changed the way we work and live. A riveting and popular keynote speaker, Adam Cheyer shares the stories and insights he has gathered over a legendary career.
Adam Cheyer is a founding member of Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform. Until 2020, he was Samsung’s Vice President of Research and Development. Cheyer was VP of Engineering at Viv Labs, the AI company he co-founded, until its acquisition by Samsung in 2016. Viv provided the framework for Bixby, Samsung’s interactive digital assistant.
A similar turn of events introduced Siri to a global audience. Cheyer co-founded Siri in 1993 with the aim of creating a friendly and capable virtual personal assistant. When Apple purchased Siri in 2010, it introduced the service to more than 1.5 billion devices. Cheyer continued to work on Siri as Engineering Director in Apple’s iPhone/iOS division.
Before founding Siri, Cheyer was a program director at SRI’s AI Center, and VP of Engineering at Dejima and Verticalnet.
For all his technical accomplishments, Cheyer is equally notable for his philanthropic work. A founding member of Change.org, he continues to advise an organization that has grown to more than 400 million members. Sentient Technologies, which Cheyer co-founded, addressed complex problems in a more technical fashion, through the application of distributed machine learning.
Along with his technical prowess, Cheyer is an accomplished magician who has performed for large audiences and heads of state. He even used Siri to perform a trick on Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, the international Brotherhood of Magicians, and LA’s prestigious Magic Castle.
The last five years have seen breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at an unprecedented rate, with a host of new systems and applications emerging that go far beyond what was possible only a decade ago. Voice commands can now be used to perform actions and retrieve information using a conversational tone across a multiple of devices. Self-driving cars are a reality for commuters on the highway. With continuous and accelerating improvements in AI, this talk will address new ways of thinking about AI and ways to prepare your business for the continuing AI revolution.
In this presentation Adam talks about the birth of Siri, from idea, to inception, to Apple’s acquisition and implementation of it into the iPhone in 2010. Siri’s story is a fascinating one that not many people know about. For example, did you know that Adam first built a Siri-like system in 1993 before the world wide web was even launched? And that it operated on a tablet-like PC? But it wasn’t until Apple’s release of the iPhone 18 years later in 2007 that Adam knew it was the right time to take Siri from a hobby to the world.
Adam discusses the lessons he learned while building each of his startups and how he took them from idea to execution. He talks through vital questions in building a startup, such as: how to know when it’s the right time to take an idea from hobby to startup; how to choose the right environment to work; how to pick the right goals that will lead to success; and, how to visualize what success means to you. Learn how to build a successful startup from the founder of Siri.
We are in the midst of a technological boom of intelligent interface agents. AI agents like Siri, OK Google, Cortana, and Alexa will soon be integrated into many of our electronic devices expanding what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). In this talk Adam discusses the implications of AI interface agents, and their integration into industries such as, financial trading, healthcare, marketing, and customer service, including smart homes and smart cars. This talk also touches on Adam’s newest AI agent, Viv (what many are calling the next Siri). In the future we will see Viv, Siri, and other AI agents integrated more seamlessly into businesses and particularly into our daily lives.
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