Apple Buys Vocal lQ to Make Siri More Natural and Lifelike

Apple has recently bought UK-based Vocal IQ, in an effort to make personal assistant Siri more natural and effective. Representatives of the tech giant have confirmed the deal, without revealing any financial aspects related to the acquisition. The artificial intelligence start-up, whose headquarters are in Cambridge, concentrates on improving speech recognition, in order to allow computers to communicate more fluently and accurately with humans. Its current software has been in the making for more than 10 years, at the Spoken Dialogue Systems Group, of the University of Cambridge. As its developers have proclaimed, it represents “the world’s first self-learning dialogue API”(application program interface). Not only does the software recognize when the user speaks, but it can also interpret the words accurately. Moreover, it records all the conversations, in order to…


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