I'm a co-founder of Siri and formerly a director of engineering in the iPhone group at Apple
Sentient has created the largest and most powerful intelligent system in the world to transform how businesses tackle complex problems.
Viv is an artificial intelligence platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface.
Change.org is a petition website operated by Change.org, Inc., an American certified B corporation which claims to have over 100 million users and hosts sponsored campaigns for organizations.
The vision guiding my research conceptualizes a world where a population of networked programs and devices, each providing services and data, cooperate and compete to perform tasks for each other and for human users. One challenge is how to encourage flexible cooperation in an environment where components offering new, perhaps unanticipated services can join in at any time. Computational elements must be able to express needs, tasks, and services at various levels of abstraction without hardcoding explicitly how the task should be accomplished or by whom. The decisions regarding which components will participate on a task are themselves arrived at in a cooperative, distributed fashion. This is the essence of delegated computing. Recent work focuses on applying these principles to business-to-business integration and supply chain contexts, enabling dynamic communities of enterprises and trading partners arranged in flexible networks to exchange information, products and services.
If we assume that such a computational cloud exists, we can ask how human users will interact with the services contained inside. In today's computing world, users typically work with a single application or website at a time, and are responsible for explicitly driving any sharing of data or task by the applications (e.g., by cut and paste). In a delegated view of human-computer interaction, users describe their objectives (at an appropriate level of detail) and the entire community of component services assembles itself to handle the request, without the user needing to know which participants are involved. As agents capable of performing new services join the party, what the user can say and do expands accordingly.
In terms of human-computer interaction styles, we are pursuing forms of delegated communication that meet the following criteria: Users should be able to interact with an agent community in whatever way is the most productive and natural to them; this may include standard GUI devices (e.g., mouse, scroll bars), natural language, speech, drawing, pointing, etc. They should be able to access and task the agents from anywhere: their desktop, a telephone, their phone and their desktop together, any web browser, and through physical interactions with the real world. Agent interactions should adapt based on the set of input and output modalities the user has available. In addition, multiple users should be able to work together on a common task, directing groups of software components. As humans and agents collaborate, some agents should be capable of filling various social roles in the interaction: subordinate, colleague, advisor; most components remain invisible in the interaction process.
September, 2016 - Selected to UCLA's "Optimist" Campaign
September 13, 2016 - "It's not about A/B, it's about AI"
July 1, 2016 - Keynote speaker at The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
June 30, 2016 - 150 Million Members
June 6, 2016 - Great Article about Viv
May 24, 2016 - Pioneers Festival: Viv, World-Changing AI Unveiled
May 10, 2016 - Panelist at Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference
May 9, 2016 - First demonstration of Viv at TechCrunch Disrupt
April 30, 2016 - Speaker at Go Youth Conference
April 22, 2016 - Sentient Technologies named one of the best places to work in the Bay Area
March 31, 2016 - Keynote Speaker at Strata Conference
March 16, 2016 - External Keynote Speaker at Intel Spoken Language Technology Summit
March 14, 2016 - Panelist at South By Southwest Conference
March 2, 2016 - Speaker and Panelist at XPrize Event
Feb 24, 2016 - External Keynote Speaker at SAP's d-Kom Developer Conference
Feb 16, 2016 - New Patent Issued on Security through Voice Authentication
Jan 14, 2016 - Guest Lecture at Stanford Business Class
Nov 17, 2015 - An Evening with Adam Cheyer, Brandeis '88
Nov 12, 2015 - Speaker at O'Reilly Next Economy Conference
Nov 7, 2015 - Featured Speaker at Draper University
Sep 11, 2015 - Siri Butts In at Whitehouse Press Briefing
Sep 9, 2015 - Headline Speaker at Berkeley Innovation Week
Sep 2, 2015 - Featured in Huffington Post Article
Aug 26, 2015 - Speaking at Churchill Club
August 2015 - Excerpt published of Chapter from "Mad Men of Mobile"
Jun 4, 2015 - 100 Million People are Taking Action on Change.org
Jun 3, 2015 - The AI Debates at Future Mobile 2015
Jun 1, 2015 - Opening Keynote at EmTech Digital
Mar 27, 2015 - Speaking to Students as part of the Broadening Participation in Data Mining (BPDM) Initiative
Feb 20, 2015 - Viv Labs Closes B Round
Jan 22, 2015 - Reverse Q/A at RV Luminary Series
Jan 16, 2015 - Speaker at TedX (Gunn High School)
Dec 9, 2014 - Change.org Raises $25M from Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Yang, Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman, and many more
Nov 24, 2014 - Genetic Finance rebrands as Sentient Technologies and Raises $103M
Nov 15, 2014 - Another Siri Patent Issued
Nov 6, 2014 - Keynote Speaker at Listen 2014
Oct 1, 2014 - Presentation at BlackBox Connect
Aug 18, 2014 - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Aug 12, 2014 - New Venture Revealed: Viv, "The Global Brain"
Aug 5, 2014 - New Siri Patent Issued
July 28, 2014 - Keynote Speech at AAAI
Siri: Back to the Future
Siri is the virtual personal assistant resident inside hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Ask Siri to buy you a movie ticket, make a restaurant reservation, send a message or a tweet, or get the score of the big game and Siri will help you get the job done quickly and easily, through a conversational interaction. People often ask me, "What technology is really behind Siri" and "What's next for Siri?" As a former Apple employee, I'm not at liberty to talk about either of these questions. However, without saying anything related to Apple's system or roadmaps, I can describe the past, explaining what got left "on the cutting room floor" as Siri moved forward from research to commercialization up to an eventual acquisition by Apple. In this talk, I will present the technology and features behind a lineage of systems leading towards Apple's Siri: OAA, Vanguard, CALO, Active, the startup Siri. We will do it in reverse: the farther we go back in time, the more futuristic each version gets, with fantastic capabilities not available in any later version. As Steve Jobs famously said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards..."
July 25, 2014 - Presentation at Brandeis University
June 1, 2014 - Board Member at the Oakland Food Pantry
May 15, 2014 - Speaker at Tech in Motion Event
May 14, 2014 - "The Power of Startups"
May 5, 2014 - New Change.org Video: "Victories Every Day"
May 1, 2014 - Change.org Wins Webby Award
March 2014 - Three New Siri Patents Issued
March 15, 2014 - Keynote Speaker at GoYouth 2014
March 7, 2014 - Keynote Speaker at the Hult Prize SF
March 4, 2014 - Keynote Panelist at Mobile Voice 2014
Jan 31, 2014 - Speaker at Entrepreneur's Summit 2014
Jan 9, 2014 - Blog Post by Tudor Tarlev
Dec 2013 - Mad Men Of Mobile
Dec 2013 - Siri Functionality
Dec 9th, 2013 - Honoring Doug Engelbart
Oct 2013 - What is Steve Wozniak's All-time Favorite App?
Oct 31, 2013 - Keynote at Web Summit in Dublin
Oct 30, 2013 - Speaker at Pioneer's Festival in Vienna
Two tech giants, two big names, two competitors -- Apple and Google have both invested heavily in the development of “virtual assistants”. Adam Cheyer, Founder of Siri, and Vishal Sharma, VP at Google in charge of Google Now will join together to speak about virtual assistants and the implications of this powerful technology for entrepreneurs and society.
We all know the iPhone’s personal assistant Siri. When it was first acquired by Apple in 2010, there was a huge buzz surrounding the potential of what in essence was an intelligent, handheld PA. Now distributed as part of the iPhone and iPad, an independent study found 87% of iPhone users make use of Siri at least once a month. But today, Siri has a competitor in Google Now, the highlighted feature of Google’s first phone, the MotoX. Google Now takes a proactive, personalized approach, delivering the right information to you at just the right time, without even having to ask for it. In this panel, the two speakers will talk about how the visions behind these two groundbreaking products are similar and how they differ, where they see Virtual Assistant technology heading, and how this will impact developers, entrepreneurs, and people everywhere.
Oct 23, 2013 - Keynote Presentation at STEM Week (Los Altos High School)
Siri is the Virtual Personal Assistant resident inside of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Ask Siri to buy you a movie ticket, make a restaurant reservation, send a text message or a tweet, set a reminder for when you get home, or get the score of the big game and Siri will help you get the job done quickly and easily. When Steve Jobs was asked about buying the startup company that made Siri, he famously said "Siri is not a search company. They're an AI company." What did he mean by this? In this session, we will peer into the history of Siri, learning about Siri's "parent" (CALO, the largest Artificial Intelligence project in US history), understanding the science and technology behind systems like Siri, and discussing how far Artificial Intelligence may reach in the future.
Sept 22, 2013 - Keynote Speaker for The Kairos Society's Startup Weekend Event
Sept 13, 2013 - Elected to SRI Alumni Hall of Fame
August 27, 2013 - Siri Co-Founders Reunited...
July 24, 2013 - Guest Speaker at Blackbox Connect Summer Camp for International Entrepreneurs
June 2013 - Change.org Hits 40 Million Users, Up from 25M in January
May 22, 2013 - Speaker at Nokia Intelligent User Interface Panel
April 17, 2013 - Speaker at USC's "The Leap" Entrepreneur Class
April 16, 2013 - Keynote Panelist at Mobile Voice 2013
Jan 22, 2013 - Huffington Post Reports on Siri's History
Jan 15, 2013 - Participant at XConomy's Session on Virtual Personal Assistants
Dec 12, 2012 - Keynote speaker for XConomy's Mobile Madness NW Conference
Dec 11, 2012 - Adam speaks to teens at Berkeley High School
Dec 6, 2012 - Change.org Hits 25 Million Users, Becomes World's Largest Petition Platform
Nov 2, 2012 - Adam Selected as Brandeis Computer Science Entrepreneur of 2012
October 29-31, 2012 - Keynote Speaker at Pioneers Festival
September 2012 - Siri's Co-Creator, Adam Cheyer, Confirms He Has Left Apple
August 2012 - Roundtable Leader at the Influencer Series
June 2012 - iOS 6 Preview Shows Off Siri's New Capabilities and Languages
June 8, 2012 - Xconomy's The Napa Summit: Keeping America Growing
May 2012 - MIT Technology Review writes an article about Siri's personality
April 25, 2012 - iPhone 4S continues at amazing rate, leads Apple to another unbelievable quarter (47.4% gross margin!)
Feb 5th, 2012 - Great article in NYTimes about Change.org
Jan 30, 2012 - Siri wins Crunchie for "Best Technology Achievement"
Jan 24th, 2012 - Siri Helps Apple to Historic Quarterly Results, becoming World's Most Valuable Company
Jan 24th, 2012 - Change.org featured on front page of Washington Post
Oct 4th, 2011 - The New Siri Launches as Part of the iPhone 4S
Jan 1, 2011 - Invited Participant at Renaissance Weekend
Jul 12, 2010 - Guest Lecturer at Singularity University
June 2010 - Genetic Finance raises B Round
Apr 28, 2010 - Apple Acquires Siri
Apr 13, 2010 - Invited Lecture on "Mobile Internet Marketing" at San Francico State University.
Apr 13, 2010 - Invited Lecture on "Mobile Internet Marketing" at San Francico State University.
Mar 16, 2010 - Siri selected as the Most Innovative Web Technology at SXSW
Mar 11, 2010 - Siri featured on CBS SmartPlanet
Feb 25, 2010 - Invited Speaker Presentation at Ontolog Forum by Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber
Feb 4, 2010 - Siri's First Public Launch
Jan 1, 2010 - Top 10 Victories for Change.org in 2009
Change.org, a website I helped start in 2005, had a great 2009 -- we now have more than 1 million members, and check out some of the real-world change our community helped bring about:
Nov 4, 2009 - Article in New York Times mentions Siri
Sep 15, 2009 - Presentation at San Jose Entrepreneur's Society: "My Approach to Entrepreneurship: 5 Steps"
Jul 22, 2009 - Guest Lecturer at Singularity University
May 28, 2009 - Siri presents at All Things Digital (D7) Conference
May 27, 2009 - Siri Lifts Veil on Intelligent Assistant
May 15, 2009 - Change.org Launches "Jobs For Change"
Jobs for Change seeks to spark a nationwide movement toward careers in the nonprofit, government, and social enterprise sectors.
Feb 24, 2009 - Siri selected by MIT Technology Review as one of Top Ten Technologies to Watch in 2009
Feb 14, 2009 - The Oscar goes to "The Training of a Jedi" for Special Effects, Male Actor Under 9 Years Old, and Supporting Role by a Lego Character
Dec 13, 2008 - Siri and CALO mentioned in New York Times Business Section
Oct 14, 2008 - Stealth-Company.com is Siri, Inc.
Oct 8, 2008 - Change.org launches version 3.0
Jun 3, 2008 - Guest Speaker at UCSD Course on Service Composition for Ultra-Large Scale Systems
Jun 1, 2008 - Wired News Features Change.org and new Managing Editor, Josh Levy
Mar 1, 2008 - Adam joins Stealth-Company.com as founder and VP Engineering
Dec 5, 2007 - More Press about CALO:
Nov 30, 2007 - MIT Tech Review: "Software that Learns from Users -- A massive AI project called CALO could revolutionize machine learning"
Nov 7, 2007 - Come see a CALO Demonstration at SDForum's Showcase of "Intelligence At The Interface