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Steve Wozniak Imagines Future Apple-Google Partnership

by Brandon Russell | November 2, 2013November 2, 2013 11:00 am PDT


Apple co-founder and life-size teddy bear Steve Wozniak is again chiming in on Apple matters. What’s on his mind this time? How about a potential Apple-Google partnership? In an interview with BBC’s technology show Click, Wozniak compliments Google’s increasingly intelligent search engine—its speech recognition technology in particular—saying Apple would benefit from teaming up with Google to improve its own Siri personal assistant.

Talking about Android’s voice software, Wozniak admits Siri is often the inferior service, and predicts Google’s own technology is the “future of intelligence.”

“That is actually the future of intelligence probably for computers getting smarter and getting artificial intelligence,” Wozniak said. “I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future.”

Expanding on why he believes a partnership would be beneficial, Wozniak said sharing information “would benefit everyone to develop the best technology.” It’s a sentiment most neutrals, and even die-hard fans, share; a landscape where the smartest companies share and further push technology together.

“I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we’d go further,” Wozniak said. Wishful thinking, but something we can all agree on. For how quickly the market moves forward, imagine where it would be if companies were more willing to work together.

Over the past few years, Apple has publicly distanced itself from relying on Google services, most notably dropping Google Maps. But if Woz were in charge, “it would be pretty likely” there’d be a partnership between Apple and Google, though he admits there are possible “business concerns” that could hold the hypothetical deal back. “One thing you’ve got to remember is a company has always got to make money,” Wozniak said.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...