Chatting with my new friend Siri

| October 19, 2011

I’m not an early-adopter, but my wife is.Siri

She was among the first wave of people to get an iPhone 4S upon its release last Friday.

The iPhone has all the bells and whistles, but one of the most highly-touted additions is the Siri app.

Siri is basically a personal assistant on your phone. You may ask it (or she, since the app has a female voice) any number of requests to which she gives a response – although in my experience, not a very prompt one.

You may ask her to call or text someone, schedule an appointment or set an alarm. She even answers general questions like, What’s the temperature in Miami?

I must say, I was skeptical at first, having tried out other talk to text applications with poor and sometimes humorous results.

My wife once had a talk to text app turn “baby sit” into “baby sh…” well, you get the point.

But Siri actually has pretty good ears. She understands most questions and does a good job of transcribing talk to text.

Apple’s website says this: “Talk to Siri as you would to a person. Siri does what you say, finds the information you need, then answers you. It’s like you’re having a conversation with your iPhone.” Click here to see more.

And Siri is kind of sassy. I asked her some questions, and here are her responses.

What do you look like?
In the cloud, no one cares what you look like.

How old are you?
I don’t see why that should matter.

Mac or PC?
A fine question. Now can we get back to work.

Do you like Bill Gates?
I’d rather not say.

What do you think about Steve Jobs?
This is about you, not me.

I think Siri got annoyed with me asking her stupid questions – as did my wife. It was kind of like playing with a magic eight ball.

But websites are popping up full of things she says. I have a feeling it won’t be long before she has a place in everyday vernacular, much like Google.

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Jacob Glassner

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