The Reason Why Apple Released Siri In Beta

By  at Friday, December 09, 2011  

Siri has taken most of the spotlight since it was released. Even hackers have gained attention by trying to make it work with non-iPhone 4S devices. But despite all of this , it has also received a lot of criticism.

Despite being labelled as "Beta" , criticism has taken it's toll on it . Ex-IBM researcher Benoit Masion wrote an article on his blog this criticism and recommended that it could only be improved by making it available to the masses.

I worked on speech recognition with IBM Research for nearly six years. We participated in DARPA-sponsored research projects, field trials, and actual product development for various applications: dictation, call centers, automotive, even a classroom assistant for the hearing impaired. The basic story was always the same: get us more data! (data being in this case transcribed speech recordings). There is even a saying in the speech community: “there is no data like more data.

To improve Siri, engineers must painstakingly look at the requests that she could not understand (in all languages!) and come up with new rules to cope with them.
So Apple can include a new feature in the latest handset so that the engineers can collect all the failed responses in as many multiple languages and variations as possible and come up with new fixes for them.
It is important to understand that unlike Apple’s hardware and app designs, Siri’s software could not have been fine-tuned and thoroughly tested in the lab prior to a glorious release. It had to be released in its current form, to get exposure to as much variability as possible all the way from the acoustics to the interpretation of natural language.
Before implementing Siri in feature products , Apple needs all the support it can get working out the kinks.

Which non-iPhone 4S devices you want to see Siri in? 

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