The acquisition could help Apple’s efforts to bolster Siri, which is controlled by voice commands and sometimes struggles to understand users.
VocalIQ says on its website that its software helps computers speak more naturally by learning from each interaction with a human, employing an artificial-intelligence technique called deep learning. VocalIQ software also seeks to help computers better understand commands and their context.
Nuance told Engadget that its mobile cloud service processed 4.07 billion voice transactions in Q2 2015. That’s a roughly 49 percent increase from the 2.74 billion transactions during the same period in 2014.
So get ready for a future where you’re spending more time talking to Siri. Apple’s actual voice-assistant roadmap (in typical Apple fashion) is a bit of a mystery. But in the home, expect the voice assistant to take on an increasingly larger role as HomeKit and the Apple TV evolve and gain traction. CarPlay vehicles will become increasingly available to new car buyers and the iPhone will still tell you what the weather is outside.
Your voice is the new user interface and Apple is building a platform just to hear what you have to say.
“Has built” may be a better way to phrase it, for that last sentence, but that’s just knit-picking.
- China wireless carriers to slash contract prices, could spur 4G boom (Reuters)
- MediaTek aims to go head-to-head with Qualcomm in high-end chips using Helio X20 platform (FierceWireless)
- Amazon VP: ‘Anyone working on NFC is focusing on last century’s problem’ (Mashable)
- Apple: Top Israeli Tech Exec says Apple’s 700 Israeli-based Engineers Mainly Work on New Chip Designs (Patently Apple)
- Xiaomi coming to U.S., U.K., France and Germany with accessories to sell (Phone Arena)
- Microsoft: Cortana for all: Microsoft’s plan to put voice recognition behind anything (Ars Technica)
- Microsoft will bypass carriers, push Windows 10 updates directly to phones (PC World)
- Samsung reveals a few facts about its round Gear smartwatch (Engadget)
- Voice recognition
- Image recognition
- Machine learning
2. Justine Musk, previously wife of Elon Musk, writes good words about how to become an ‘extreme success’. I highly recommend this. Must-read.
3. Yole on Image Sensor Future. Especially relevant to machine sensing and learning, one of Google’s ‘three most important things’.