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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Distress
by Lazarus on Thu 13th Oct 2016 21:41 UTC
Lazarus
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2005-08-10

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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RE: Distress
by Verenkeitin on Fri 14th Oct 2016 06:01 in reply to "Distress"
Verenkeitin Member since:
2007-07-01

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.


Imagine the headlines and SJW rage if Siri kept trying to help you while you yell profanities at it.
- "Apple encourages verbally assaulting women."
- "Apple condones abusing Siri"
- "something something the R word"

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RE[2]: Distress
by No it isnt on Fri 14th Oct 2016 16:23 in reply to "RE: Distress"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I swear everyone using the SJW expression is a fucking moron. If there is one group of people that doesn't give a flying fuck about some swearing, it's the bleeding-heart liberal segment. You have them confused with conservatives. They're the ones throwing a fit when they hear naughty words. It wasn't the ACLU that took legal action against 2 Live Crew, if was the fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association.

Siri is a computer program, not a woman.

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RE[2]: Distress
by abraxas on Sun 16th Oct 2016 14:49 in reply to "RE: Distress"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

"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.


Imagine the headlines and SJW rage if Siri kept trying to help you while you yell profanities at it.
- "Apple encourages verbally assaulting women."
- "Apple condones abusing Siri"
- "something something the R word"
"

You lose all credibility as soon as you utter the term "SJW". When you have to put a label on everything and everyone instead of having an actual argument, you lose.

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RE: Distress
by cb88 on Sat 15th Oct 2016 03:00 in reply to "Distress"
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

Whats wrong with you?

Emergencies are exactly the times when you must be cool, collected, firm but most assuredly polite... piss of the 911 lady and she'll hang up on you. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/13/us/911-call-operator-arrested-hang-up...

Also, why are you cussing out a computer program... probably in public! Quite frankly it's foolish to expect intelligence from computers... perhaps someday but current trends don't seem to indicate that it is any time soon. The AI we will get probably won't be what we expect...

I also think you'd be hard pressed to find a person that doesnt just want AI as a convenient slave/subordinate... I'm all for it actually but it does say something about humanity I guess.

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