And the Emmy award goes to… Siri on Apple TV!

And the Emmy award goes to… Siri on Apple TV!

Put an intelligent virtual assistant with multilingual parsing on a television box and you might just score an Emmy Award. At least if your name is Siri.

Apple TV’s Siri implementation has been given with an Emmy Award. Specifically, a Technical / Engineering Achievement Award. Far as I can find, this is the first time a virtual assistant has been honored by the television industry awards. (And it’s also great the television industry awards are now recognizing technology like virtual assistants.)

From the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences:

Contextual Voice Navigation for Discovering and Interacting with TV Content

  • Comcast
  • Universal Electronics (UEI)
  • Apple TV
  • Nuance Dragon TV

Siri on Apple TV is notable because it can parse multiple languages, which is an incredibly touch problem to solve. In this case, Siri has to understand the first language to figure out the action it needs to perform, like playing a movie. Then it needs to know the speaker is switching to a second language and figure out the subject of the action, like the title of the movie.

Humans are born pattern recognizers and ideally suited for tasks like that. Computers need an incredible amount of work to even begin to get it right.

It’s great the Siri team is putting in that work, and that they’re getting recognized for it. Can’t wait to see what’s next for tvOS.

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