Digital Personal Assistants

There are few better examples of emerging technologies enabled by technology triggers than DPAs--digital personal assistants.

Among the most important technologies just reaching maturity to make the DPA possible are


  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  •  voice recognition
  • image recognition
  • mobile connectivity
  • and web technologies like HTML 5 that allow an integrative third party to access a variety of information such as location, social connections, stored history and preferences, and authentication.
This Infrics.com section aggregates the site's coverage of DPAs.


In a not-far-off future, we spend some time with a businessman and his DPA, and look at the technologies that make it possible.

The idea behind the DPA, why it's now possible, why it can be the makings of a multi-billion dollar industry, and how Apple's Siri product represents the a new wave of DPA deployments.

There was a lot of fanfare when Google announced their heads-up augmented reality project.  But the other groundbreaking part of the demo is the incorporation of a digital personal assistant (Google's is called Majel, see article below) that interacts by voice to make the experience seamless and valuable. 

Google is not sitting on the sidelines with a DPA future on the horizon.  Majel is named for Majel Roddenberry, the computer voice on the original Star Trek.

Siri's creators give their views on the importance and future of DPAs.