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US launch of Samsung's Bixby delayed due to data-deficient AI

Bixby's English debut is currently being hindered for want of big data and effective team communication. (Source: The Verge)
Bixby's English debut is currently being hindered for want of big data and effective team communication. (Source: The Verge)
Lack of big data and inefficient communication between Samsung's offices in the US and Korea is proving limiting for Bixby whose US launch is still a while away.

Voice assistants are all the rage these days with every major software vendor having their own AI driven assistant to help you with your day. Samsung too forayed into the personal voice assistant arena with in-house developed Bixby. Bixby debuted along with the Galaxy S8/S8+ but has not received quite the patronage Samsung had hoped. Bixby's voice capabilities are currently restricted to the Korean market. A Samsung spokesperson has told the Korean Herald that the English version of Bixby has been delayed for want of big data to aid in the AI's deep learning. 

Similar to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana, Bixby aims to connect and drive all of Samsung's electronic devices. Apart from the lack of big data analytics, there seems to be communication hurdles between Samsung Research in California and its headquarters in Korea. The geographical and language barriers seem to pose an obstacle for timely and effective communication. Bixby's beta testing was also not very favorable.

With the acquisition of startup company, Viv Labs (the developer behind Apple's Siri), Samsung hopes to integrate their AI technology into Bixby soon after the software becomes feature complete. It remains to be seen how much of a threat Bixby poses to the competition. However, with the proliferation of Samsung's mobile devices and a large installed base of its home appliances, Bixby's usage might possibly proliferate at a faster rate.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07- 6 (Update: 2017-07- 6)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.