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

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.

'Stagnant'?

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

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RE: Thom has another opinion
by ins0mniac on Fri 14th Oct 2016 14:15 UTC in reply to "Thom has another opinion"
ins0mniac
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Compare any Apple service to the Google equivalent and Apple will come short every time and the gap seems to grow. On macOS I barely use any of the built-in apps, and I've tried, I really did. My record was 3 weeks with Safari, but in the end I returned to Chrome. iWorks is decent, in it's own limited way, but the other day working on a Google spreadsheet it prompted me if I'd like to see a distribution of the status column in the tasks list I was working on.
After 7 years of Android last year I've switched to iPhone. Other than phone, messages and camera I do not use any of the stock apps, they simply are subpar, it's not only that they lack features, but they also force you to use the Apple services.

PS: I've been earning my living by developing mediocre software for the last 18 years.

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