Apple Is Testing ChatGPT-Like AI As Siri Flounders

Apple and its engineers are reportedly testing a ChatGPT-like AI implementation, possibly as a possible replacement or augmentation for Siri.

A new report by The New York Times claims that Siri has struggled in recent years thanks to the way it was originally built.

But with the rise of AIs like ChatGPT, it’s thought the company is ready to look at reworking things.

Many of the big tech companies are now racing to come up with responses to ChatGPT. At Apple’s headquarters last month, the company held its annual A.I. summit, an internal event for employees to learn about its large language model and other A.I. tools, two people who were briefed on the program said. Many engineers, including members of the Siri team, have been testing language-generating concepts every week, the people said.

This comes as one former Apple engineer said that Siri’s database of phrases and words is like one giant snowball, and that adding new ones can take weeks. Adding a new search feature can take almost a year, they claimed.

Siri has been around since the iPhone 5 and while it has improved, the greater voice assistant landscape hasn’t gone anywhere near as far as we had hoped back when Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant first arrived. Now, it seems Apple is ready to move on, with large language model-based AI like ChatGPT the new standard.

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