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Ilya Gelfenbeyn
Ilya Gelfenbeyn is the co-founder and CEO of Speaktoit, which develops natural language virtual assistants for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
  • They aren’t just for our phones anymore: the coming virtual assistant revolution

    “Where can I hide a dead body?” With that esoteric question, Siri was launched on the iPhone 4S in October 2011, ushering in the era of the virtual assistant app (and the arms race between these app developers). The genre has come a long way in the past year and a half, and virtual assistant downloads for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone have remained high as new functionality continues to be added. The popularity of these apps, at least in its infancy, can in part be attributed to the novelty of interacting with a phone that has now taken on...