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Re: [ontolog-forum] Siri's (Apple) Patent Application

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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:17:15 -0700
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> [AH]  Thoughts?    (01)

[ppy]  while I totally admire the way they have executed it, and am
happy for the Apple/Siri folks for finally bringing ontology and
semantic technology to the mass market with such fanfare ... I am, at
the same time, saddened by the fact that we (in the US) too, are now
under a "first to file" patent regime (and that "first to invent" is
no longer relevant!)    (02)

Regards. =ppy
--    (03)

On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM, Ali SH <asaegyn+out@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> A few years ago Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber were kind enough to present an
> overview of Siri on ontolog
> (http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2010_02_25), were
> subsequently bought out by Apple and a few weeks ago Apple released Siri as
> that "one more thing" part of their presentations - deeply integrating it
> into the iPhone4S and their new iOS'es. Some claim it is a break out point
> for mass acceptance of AI technologies, and its cultural / technological
> consequences are on par with the mouse or GUI's.
> Regardless, I thought people here might be interested in their patent
> application, which is reviewed on this site:
> while this one looks at the surrounding patent protections Siri and Apple
> (and I suppose SRI) may have built around the technologies
> (http://startupsip.com/2011/10/14/is-apple-siri-ous-about-ip/). The claims
> on the '790 patent are incredibly broad
>> An automated assistant operating on a computing device, the assistant
>> comprising:
>> an input device, for receiving user input;
>> a language interpreter component, for interpreting the received user input
>> to derive a representation of user intent;
>> a dialog flow processor component, for identifying at least one domain, at
>> least one task, and at least one parameter for the task, based at least in
>> part on the derived representation of user intent;
>> a services orchestration component, for calling at least one service for
>> performing the identified task;
>> an output processor component, for rendering output based on data received
>> from the at least one called service, and further based at least in part on
>> a current output mode; and
>> an output device, for outputting the rendered output.
> Fwiw, I believe thatLeonid Kravets has misunderstood the "language
> interpreter" claim, and I doubt Apple is referring to Nuance, but the
> NLP/ontology interpretation that Siri is doing w/ the Nuance speech-to-text
> strings...
> There's recently been another, much narrower patent application to do with
> ontologies and NLP, titled "Method and system for generating an ontology"
> more details.
> Thoughts?
> (`'.(`'.().').') .,.,    (04)

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