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With the backing of supporters as varied as the CIA, Samsung, Intel, and one of the biggest wireless carriers in the world, MindMeld launched its conversational AI platform today.

MindMeld’s AI, which has been referred to as “Siri on steroids,” is sometimes considered more advanced than other voice-enabled intelligent assistants.

The first generation of AI-powered assistants failed to live up to the hype, according to the company.

“Deep-Domain Conversational AI promises to power a new generation of AI assistants which can streamline common daily tasks such as placing a take-out order at a local restaurant, booking a flight or hotel reservation, creating a service appointment at an auto repair shop or doctor’s office, or finding retail store and product information,” the company said in a statement shared with VentureBeat.

Voice-enabled intelligent assistants and chatbots made with the platform can go virtually anywhere, from websites, apps, and devices to messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Slack.

The MindMeld API was first released in 2014 and is currently being used by more than 1,200 companies around the world. MindMeld’s customers and investors include Google, Samsung, Intel, Telefonica, Liberty Global, IDG, USAA, Uniqlo, Spotify, and In-Q-Tel.

MindMeld was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “100 Brilliant Companies” of 2015 and by MIT Technology Review as one of the “50 Smartest Companies” of 2014.

In 2014, MindMeld partnered with In-Q-Tel, a CIA investment fund, and began to begin work on a U.S. government API.


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