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Tech experts: Siri continually learning

Dec. 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Technology experts say the more people use the new Apple iPhone's signature voice-activated feature Siri, the better it will work.

Users have complained virtual assistant Siri often makes mistakes and can take a long time to respond, but experts point out the application is still in beta mode, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Because voice commands with Siri are processed in the Internet cloud, software developers can evaluate users' accents, pitches and inflections and make tweaks as necessary.

"For us in the industry, it's a fantastic thing because we can learn from every single interaction," said Ilya Bukshteyn, senior director at Microsoft's Tellme speech technology unit. "The data then makes the next person's experience better, which makes them more likely to use it again, which gives more data, which makes the experience even better."

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