The digital assistant technology race is heating up, with Samsung announcing plans to acquire the open artificial intelligence platform Viv on Wednesday.

It’s an intriguing move, not least because it means the team who created Apple’s voice-powered assistant Siri is forming closer ties with the South Korean electronics giant.

As an intelligent interface that can interact with a range of devices, Viv is “an ideal candidate” to integrate with Samsung home appliances and wearables, Injong Rhee, CTO of Samsung Electronics, said in a statement. Samsung makes a whole range of home appliances, so the acquisition suggests the company is keen to have them interacting with customers in the future. Read more…

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