Apple Buys Speech Recognition Startup- VocalIQ

Posted: Oct 4 2015, 2:58am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 4 2015, 7:08pm CDT, in News | Apple


Apple Buys Speech Recognition Startup- VocalIQ

Siri is going to improve soon!

Apple has acquired VocalIQ, a startup situated in the United Kingdom according to FT. VocalIQ has designed a natural language API to permit PCs and individuals to have a more normal dialog.

As indicated by the VocalIQ site, the company has built a self-learning dialog API based on 10 years of national language research, decision making, belief tracking, and message generation.

It is not generally clear how Apple uses the technology from companies that it buys, however with this acquisition, it is possible that Apple will utilize the API to enhance its voice-based personal assistant, Siri.

VocalIQ specializes in artificial intelligence technology, which helps computers make decisions like humans.

The company’s software can recognize the human voice, record conversations, and keep track of each instance in which the software failed to understand speech, according to VocalIQ’s website.

Device manufacturers, like mobile phone makers or automobile companies, can embed the software into their hardware so that people can speak to their devices and issue commands.

Over time, the software better understands human conversations. VocalIQ has criticized Siri in a past blog post.

It called the famous virtual assistant a toy which is unable to understand context. The difference between VocalIQ's system and traditional speech-recognition services like Siri and Cortana is its ability to learn.

Apple’s Siri could stand to benefit from new language processing software that learns from mistakes each time a conversation takes place.

Siri currently receives one billion requests a week, which translates into a lot of data that could help VocalIQ’s software better understand speech.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
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