Apple buys AI speech startup that could make Siri sound more natural

Apple has bought another company. It’s a startup, actually. An artificial-intelligence startup that could drastically improve the way you use Siri on the iPhone and maybe even Apple’s upcoming car. The startup, called VocalIQ, is UK-based and specialises in developing technology that not only improves a computer’s ability to understand human speech but also to “speak” or sound more naturally. According to VocalIQ’s website, the company created a self-learning dialogue API after 10 years of natural language research. Apple has issued a statement confirming the acquisition, according to Financial Times, though it refused to discuss the deal’s purpose or plans. That said, it’s easy to see how the acquisition could help Apple improve its virtual assistant, Siri, which is controlled by voice commands and famously talks back to users. Financial…


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