“We learned two years ago that Apple was setting up an R&D center in Cambridge, England, to tap academic research expertise,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “Business Insider thinks it knows the focus of the work the team there is performing.”

“Those working inside are aiming to make Siri talk more naturally, according to a source that knows a number of Apple’s Cambridge employee” Business Insider reports. “Apple’s Cambridge office is home to less than 30 people, including many of the employees from VocalIQ — a voice recognition startup that was spun out from the university and acquired by Apple in 2015.”

Lovejoy reports, “VocalIQ is a tool specifically geared to allowing truly conversational queries…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Maybe their work help to rapidly advance Siri’s capabilities!

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Apple acquires advanced artificial intelligence startup Perceptio – October 5, 2015
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]