Have you ever had a relationship with your technology? Me neither, but the Apple iPhone 4S starts to cross that boundary with the application called Siri. Siri is an application that tries to listen to your spoken commands and do what you ask. Cool right? Well, I want everyone to know that Siri and I are having a very difficult time in our relationship right now.
If you want to see fits of giggles just watch my wife as I try to get directions from Siri. Last weekend we wanted to check out some new carpet for the house. So in my most impressive, clear voice “Siri give me directions to the carpet outlet.” (Carpet Outlet is a local store) After a pause that was just long enough to make you wonder if Siri was going to respond at all she says in a slightly mechanical voice, “Do you want directions to carpet stores or outlet stores?” Ignoring the giggles from the passenger seat I think to myself, “No I want directions to the Carpet Outlet. You know, the store that advertises insentiently on the local TV.”
In my out loud voice I say again, “Siri give me directions to the carpet outlet.” And, after that same long pause, she says “do you want directions to carpet stores or outlet stores?” sigh…..
Sometimes the conversations are really quite helpful, “Siri, remind me to go to the meeting at 2.” At 2 she reminds me to go to the meeting.
Talking to Siri does not follow the normal rules of conversation; it’s more like Siri is a voice command added to an old school computer programming language. As an old school computer programmer I have no desire to return to those days. I see the promise of interactive voice control and to have it on a consumer device is awesome. But, Siri needs to work on her conversational skills before she is anything more than a novelty.
What is the ‘tech savvy’ take on the iPhone 4S? It’s a great smartphone, easy to use, and has more apps than any of the others. Siri not so much. If you need a new phone you wouldn’t go wrong with an iPhone.
Have you used Siri and does everyone around you start laughing when you do?
Written by Dean
Dean is known as the Tech Savvy Man (no cape yet but we are working on that.) If you have a technology problem he has the solution! Read more...