Apple has filed a patent that could see Siri become far more than a basic assistant used to answer simple questions on its mobile phones.

The "Crowd Sourcing Information to Fulfill User Requests" document, filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office, indicates that the company wants to use an expanded database with answers from real-life experts.

Apple's 2,000-word patent explains that, if Siri fails to find a good enough answer itself through search engines like Bing and Yahoo, it will then search a database full of information gathered from crowd sourcing.

It reads: "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.

"The answers provided for the queries can be peer reviewed and rated by other self-identified experts in the field."

It is then thought that Siri would use these ratings to decide which answer is best suited to the particular question being asked.

Posted by Simon Thomas

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