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Satya Nadella praises Rabbit R1 AI assistant, compares it to Steve Jobs' iPhone launch: ‘One of the most impressive…’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella compares Rabbit R1 AI assistant to Steve Jobs' iPhone launch. Nadella praised the Rabbit R1's presentation and vision for an agent-centric OS interface, calling it one of the most impressive he's seen since the launch of the iPhone.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 16, 2024. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (AFP)Premium
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 16, 2024. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (AFP)

Much like the rest of the tech community, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was smitten with the idea of Rabbit R1, the AI assistant unveiled at CES 2024 in Las Vegas last week. In fact, Nadella was so impressed with Rabbit R1 that he compared the AI assistant's launch presentation to Steve Jobs' highly acclaimed presentation of the original iPhone in 2007.

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Speaking about the Rabbit R1 in an interaction with Bloomberg, Nadella said, “I think CES this year was very interesting. I thought I thought the demo of the Rabbit OS and the device was fantastic. I think I must say, after Jobs and the launch of iPhone, probably one of the most impressive presentations I've seen of capturing the vision of what is possible going forward for what is an agent-centric Operating System (OS) interface."

“I think that's what everybody is going seeking. Which device will make it and so on is unclear. If you have a breakthrough in natural interface where this idea that you have to go one app at a time and all of the cognitive load is with you as a human, does seem like there can be a real breakthrough." Nadella added.

What is Rabbit R1? 

Santa Monica-based startup Rabbit had announced its Rabbit R-1 AI assistant at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2024) in Las Vegas earlier this week. The R1 is an AI-powered device that features a 2.88-inch touchscreen display and runs on a MediaTek processor. The AI assistant can perform a variety of functions, including playing music, ordering groceries and sending messages.

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unlike much of AI-based offerings which are based on large language models (LLM) like OpenAI's GPT or Google's Gemini, the Rabbit R1 instead is based on a ‘Large Action Model’ and has the ability to gauge users' intention and behaviour while using specific apps and is claimed to mimick those actions ‘reliably and quickly’.

Explaining the idea behind Rabbit R-1, Rabbit founder and CEO Jesse Lyu said, "We’ve come to a point where we have hundreds of apps on our smartphones with complicated UX designs that don’t talk to each other. As a result, end users are frustrated with their devices and are often getting lost. rabbit is now building towards an intuitive app-free experience with the power of AI."

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Published: 20 Jan 2024, 10:05 AM IST
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