Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2016 20:18 UTC

Yes, Siri can usually place a call or send a text. It can tell you sports standings, Yelp restaurant reviews and movie times - features Apple added years ago. And it must be said that all of its competitors have their own limitations and also make mistakes.

But in its current incarnation, Siri is too limited and unreliable to be an effective weapon for Apple in the coming AI wars. It seems stagnant. Apple didn't become great by just following the data on what customers are doing today. It became great by delighting customers with feats they didn't expect. The AI revolution will demand that.


Seems to be the default state of Apple's software these days.

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by Lazarus on Thu 13th Oct 2016 21:41 UTC
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Far more irritating is how badly Siri responds to someone who is under any form of stress. When you get to the point where you're swearing Siri will say something along the lines of "I'll pretend I didn't hear that." and then exit.

Irritating when you're just getting increasingly frustrated at Siri's inability to call a damned cab because it can't understand the words "cab" or "taxi" but this will cost someone dearly at some point during an actual emergency when some iPhone user is physically unable to do something themself and Siri continues to fuck up - not provide the service required of the user (like call an ambulance) but will bitch and exit when it hears a naughty word.

People are not polite when things go south and Siri as it is right now just makes things worse.

A software assistant that refuses to work due to hearing naughty words has been built to fail for no good reason.

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