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Apple Awarded Patent to Use Crowdsourcing for Supporting Siri

Nov 15 2013, 8:36am CST | by , in News | Apple

Apple Awarded Patent to Use Crowdsourcing for Supporting Siri
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The newly awarded patent might help Apple to provide additional sources of information for Siri

There are times when Siri is just not able to find the answer to the questions posed by users, especially if the questions are asked using the confusing language. Apple Balla reports that Apple is hoping to support Siri by providing additional sources of information, including crowdsourcing. The Apple was awarded a new patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, which describes how Apple plans on tapping into the crowd to find answers. The new patent called "Crowd sourcing information to fulfill user requests” explains the next step in Siri's evolution in offering better quality information to the users of Apple’s devices.

At the moment, Siri uses Yelp, Wolfram Alpha and Bing to search for answers to the questions. But, these sources are sometimes just not capable of providing an answer, especially if the questions were worded in a confusing language. As described in the new patent, Apple’s plan is to use additional information sources, such as online forums and general and expert info sources. The collected information will then be stored in a crowdsource database and will be accessible by asking questions using natural language.

The additional sources of information would be available to Siri if it could not answer a question, or the users could choose the source of information they prefer. Siri would depend on users’ feedback and rating for further learning. The length of time the users would have to wait for an answer would depend on the difficulty of the question and the amount of time necessary to search the crowd for answers.

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