NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Siri could soon become a whole lot smarter after Apple (AAPL) submitted a filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on Thursday. Due for an upgrade, the artificially-intelligent iPhone assistant often produces irrelevant answers and other misunderstandings. As Google (GOOG) Glass muscles into the AI space, Apple's projects are under pressure to act smarter, faster.
One step towards that goal, Apple soon hopes to imbue its artificially-intelligent iPhone assistant with more smarts via crowd-sourced information. The development would be one of Apple's biggest leaps yet in creating a seamless anthropomorphic virtual assistant.
Siri currently scours Google, Wolfram Alpha, Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing and Yahoo! (YHOO) for answers to users' spoken directives. If the patent makes its way to product launch, should Siri fail in an initial Internet search, it will then parse user-submitted information, as sites such as Yahoo! Answers and ChaCha do. Satisfactory answers to difficult or unusual questions will also be stored in a crowd-sourced knowledge base accessible to Apple.
Or, as the Cupertino-based company puts it in its application:
"A failure to provide a satisfactory response to the user request is detected. In response to detection of the failure, information relevant to the user request is crowd-sourced by querying one or more crowd-sourcing information sources. One or more answers are received from the crowd-sourcing information sources, and the response to the user request is generated based on at least one of the one or more answers received from the one or more crowd sourcing information sources."