While Apple may have launched Siri before Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, in many ways its voice-activated assistant is the least advanced of the three. A lot of that has to do with the amount of data and training digital assistants need to understand different languages, dialects, and speech patterns. In an effort to improve its digital assistant, Apple recently launched a study to collect voice data and feedback with the help of an app called .
“The Siri Speech Study app allows participants to submit certain data to Apple to improve the product, as detailed in the informed consent form,” the company says in a list discovered by . The software is available in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Taiwan. According to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Apple uploaded Siri Speech Study to the App Store on August 9 and recently updated the software on August 18.
Apple isn’t exactly being secretive about the app, but it’s not announcing its existence either. You cannot find the software by searching for it, nor is it listed as one of the applications published by Apple. Similarly, you cannot join the study simply by installing the software on your phone; You need an invitation from Apple to participate. We reached out to Apple to find out more about the app.
In particular, the application allows those involved to choose which Siri requests they send to the company. That is an important point. In 2019, The Guardian which detailed an Apple show where third-party contractors listened to anonymous Siri recordings to analyze the assistant’s responses. One whistleblower told the outlet that there had been “countless cases” in which raters overheard private conversations, including some involving criminal treatment and sexual encounters. Subsequently, Apple moved the program internally and.
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