“Apple last year acquired British intelligent assistant developer VocalIQ – a tool specifically geared to truly conversational queries – and a source who spoke to Business Insider gave some insight into just how intelligent Siri could become when infused with this tech,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

“The company tested VocalIQ against Siri, Google Now and Cortana on complex natural language queries,” Lovejoy reports. “‘For example, imagine asking a computer to ‘Find a nearby Chinese restaurant with open parking and WiFi that’s kid-friendly.’ That’d trip up most assistants, but VocalIQ could handle it. The result? VocalIQ’s success rate was over 90%, while Google Now, Siri, and Cortana were only successful about 20% of the time.'”

“While other companies like Viv and Hound have similar capabilities, those are all ‘session-based.’ That is, while you may be able to ask a series of linked questions like ‘Who designed Waterloo Bridge?’ followed by ‘What else did he design?’, that context is forgotten as soon as you ask something new,” Lovejoy reports. “Where VocalIQ differs is that it remembers context permanently.”

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