Today in Apple history: Siri debuts on iPhone 4s

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Siri had first been predicted by Apple back in the late 1980s.
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October 4: Today in Apple history October 4, 2011: With the unveiling of the new iPhone 4s, Apple introduces the world to Siri, a groundbreaking example of artificial intelligence in action.

Siri’s debut represents the culmination of a long-term dream at Apple, an accomplishment predicted in the 1980s and fulfilled almost down to the exact month.

Meet Kasisto, Siri’s business-minded older brother

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Siri couldn't be more excited about the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple
Siri couldn't be more excited about the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Siri’s starting work — or at least something like that. SRI International, the brains behind the Siri standalone app bought by Apple back in 2010, has announced the creation of Kasisto, a business version of Apple’s virtual assistant.

Kasisto will enable companies to integrate their own branded Siri-style assistants within apps, providing a way of letting helping consumers navigate complex tasks through a conversational Artificial Intelligence program. While SRI International has yet to release many details, this means that it should be possible to harness the regular Siri interactions for more specialized tasks within apps, allowing specific businesses to “train” their own version of Siri to become an expert in a variety of areas, from medical advice to, say, movie rentals.