The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published on Thursday a patent filing published by Apple which suggest that the company is looking into the possibility of crowdsourcing answers for Siri. The patent is titled "Crowd sourcing information to fulfill user requests," and details how Siri can request, gather and store data from a number of crowd sourcing information services.
Discovered by AppleInsider, the external sources of information for Siri can include compiled data from experts, and other general information sources found on the Web or even question-and-answer forums. There are plenty of questions that Siri canâ€™t answer, be it because they are too difficult, nuanced or just uncommon. To fetch answers, Siri relies on data that it pulls from the Web and other online services, like Yahoo!, WolframAlpha and Bing. But if applied, this patent would expand even more Siriâ€™s sources for information. Mikey Campbell further explains:
Each iteration of the virtual assistant has come with important improvements, but a direct human element in providing answers was missing. Apple could change it in a future version of Siri. Apple's crowd sourcing patent application was first filed for in March and credits Thomas R. Gruber, Adam J. Cheyer and Donald W. Pitschel as its inventors.