Apple has fixed Siri’s robotic voice to a human-like one, and you can hear the difference

Apple has fixed Siri’s robotic voice to a human-like one, and you can hear the difference
Apple has fixed the way Siri speaks in a huge way since its release: from the robotic voice that we used to hear when the smart digital assistant was introduced to a much more pleasant, human-like voice in iOS 11.

How did Apple do it? It took a lot of deep learning algorithms and smart engineers to achieve that progress, and those engineers have just published a white-paper about the process over at Apple.com.



The article will interest researchers in the field, but even if you are not that interested in the technology, you could still listen to the examples provided that show the progress that has been made. Hit the source link right below and scroll all the way to the bottom, to "Table 1".

source: Apple

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30 Comments

1. tangbunna

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

hey siri!

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The voice is one thing, but what they should have done is make her more intelligent, and make her context aware of your conversations. She is as smart as a wet Noddle.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I know why Siri sucks for conversations. It's because Apple would have to save a users conversation, and that gets into privacy issues. But that is exactly why Siri sucks compared to the competition. For instance you can ask Google Assistant "How old is Trump?". Then follow up with "Is he married?". Google Assistant will give you a proper Answer. Whereas Siri will never give you the answer you needed or wanted. Until Apple has an option to save your conversations (privacy concerns). Then Siri will always suck for being context aware.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

The big problem is Siri resorting to Bing

11. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You are wrong. Siri in iOS 11 is able to do the exact scenario you give.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But iOS 11 isn't available yet. So you are wrong. He is talking about how it is now under iOS 10. Learn to read!

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But OP is wrong because it isn't like Apple will just start recording conversations starting with iOS 11. The truth is, Siri just sucks right now because Apple is behind in the AI game badly. Even this report they released is based on the deep learning algorithms Google and others used back in 2014.

20. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

It’s available to anyone with an iPhone. Also, this article is about how Siri has gotten better in iOS 11. Learn to read.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Therealestmc if iOS 11 does exactly the same as Google Assistant. Then Apple has to store a users conversation. So it can be context aware. Also Apple and some of their zealots have to eat a little crow. Especially when they were on Google's case in regards to privacy issues.

25. mikehunta727 unregistered

They are using differential privacy for Siri in iOS 11, more privacy for the end user

13. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You are wrong. Siri in iOS 11 is able to do the exact scenario you give.

24. Xilam unregistered

You're wrong, I know for a fact that you can follow up Siri with questions just like you mentioned since iOS 9. I even tried exact inquiries on a coworkers iphone (ios10, iPhone 6) - and it she answered both questions right. Then I kept going "how old ish she", she replied "47", then I asked "when do they get married?" And so on - Siri had no issues. I also tried "hey Siri what's 12 times 6" after she replied, I then asked "now divide by 2.5" and she answered correctly, then "add one million" and so on - no issues. Then I tried "text (name) and tell him to come here", when Siri was about to send "would you like to send, I said "no change it", Siri said " what you want to say "come here at 3:00pm". She confirmed again, "I said yes" "Siri said" I'll send it. Anyways, I tried all kinds of context related stuff I can think of - sdgodsell - you're a liar!!!

26. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am not a liar. When I ask that stuff she cannot remember things from the last input. Now an iPhone can do those things if you install Google Assistant, or Cortana. But Siri is dumb, and is definitely not context aware.

27. Xilam unregistered

Dude, pah-leeze! Unless you're using some old ass iOS version, you're lying. About a year and a half ago I had an iPhone 5s - and Siri answered context aware questions even then. You are lying.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

https://youtu.be/JFiu5rfnhzo This video was only 9 months ago. So please, you are lying.

33. Xilam unregistered

Very respectable video. She missed one followup question but answered the rest of follow up questions - she answers context aware questions!!! You said Siri DOES NOT! What bugs me about these videos is that both Siri and google assistant are more capable beyond web searches for facts. They do a lot more different tasks some more Siri, some more google now, some more Google assistant. Also, there's information you can add manually and teach Siri or google to be more aware of who you are, where you shop, who your associates are to you. Siri can also locate family members, set geofencing tasks, notify you of other people's plans, install apps from App Store, and accessible by third party apps allowing you to do countless functions beyond its stock abilities. Also no one tests dictation capabilities when using voice on keyboard. changing and canceling tasks/notes/text messages. Using voice assist to change phone settings and preferences as well as doing tasks within theirs party apps. As well as acceassablity to your phones assistnt from your personal computer. We already established that the assistants can do web searches - they're more capable than that!

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 1901; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"She is smart as a wet Noddle." Hmm....

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1526; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Sorry I can't find that in your "Contact List".

2. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"Hello Siri...can you inform me when the galaxy note 8 is hitting shelves?"

4. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

"Galaxy note 8? You mean the overly expensive remote control?"

7. dazed1

Posts: 787; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

He means the device which made your iToy 7 plus as big as it is, without it you would still use the pathetic perfect 4''

17. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Yeah the one that switches apps-channels in the mess/crap that apple tv is

10. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

There is no fix it is deliberate. It has been available for years. Imagine people realise AI can talk like human then how would you feel talking to flirting AI mind !

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

No, it's not deliberate. It's hard for computer processing to do natural language, but we are getting better at it, along with faster computing coming along too

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Why do you think its so hard? Its phonetical algorithm after all we already got computing power.

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

https://stanfy.com/blog/natural-language-processing-why-the-machines-still-struggle-to-understand-us/ This article is fairly simplified on why, but computers and neural networks and deep learning is getting better at this fairly quick so won't be long before we do have AI talking exactly like human, indistinguishable

19. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Keep in mind military is at least 25 years in the future technology-wise. For instance any advanced computer chip or simple GPS that was used by military prior to mainstrem. Will have a read now.

21. mikehunta727 unregistered

Oh of course the military is ahead, that's no question and indisputable. I'm talking about the consumer world, us "regular folks" lol

23. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Funny enough this article does not talk about phonetical likeness at all. With all other things I agree it is complex procces, subtle grammatical stucture that has to be understood to be interpreted by AI, also sentimental differentiation etc. If that makes a sence.

31. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Problem is Siri is still stuck to serve an OS deprived of features compared to Android. They should make Siri smarter and more usable.

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