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Yahoo Wants to Develop a Better Siri

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Apple’s Siri may soon have some competition.

Yahoo’s quest to personalize your smartphone interaction now includes a $10 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University to help computers understand your requests in greater detail and even ask follow-up questions.

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The partnership, called Project InMind, will last five years and give CMU researchers access to Yahoo’s trove of data. Yahoo fellows will work to develop and test programs that attempt to understand and anticipate human behavior.

‘By creating a way for Carnegie Mellon University researchers to work directly with Yahoo software and infrastructure, we hope to speed up the pace of mobile and personalization research and create a better user experience.’ Ron Brachman, chief scientist and head of Yahoo Labs, said in a press release. Read more…

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