I’m new to the iphone 4. I realize that the iphone 5 just came out, but I likely won’t be ready for that kind of innovation until 2015. It’s not that I’m opposed to technology; I’m just the opposite of an early adopter. I like simplicity, and acquiring new technological trinkets without a clear value-add to my daily existence goes against everything I stand for. Well, that might be an overstatement, but you get my point.
Even though I’ve had my iphone 4 for several months now, until recently, I had yet to really test out all of its allegedly wonderful features, namely Siri.
I challenged her to some simple tasks of finding local restaurants for me to call and order take-out. She proved to be fairly capable.
A few weeks back, I decided to give her the more complex challenge of providing me an update on my mother’s arriving flight. In a very surly tone, Siri replied, “I can’t help you with flights. Sorry.” And then she pulled up a “search the web” link for me to look it up myself as if I didn’t already think of that.
I later picked up my mom at the airport after confirming that her flight was on time (no thanks to Siri). Then I picked up my dad after his flight came in and the 3 of us decided we could go for some Mexican lunch. We settled on Taco Mamacita, a great little fresh-Mex kind of place in Nashville. I had only driven there from my apartment, so I consulted Siri on directions from the airport to our lunch destination. I asked for directions to “Taco Ma-ma-seat-ah” from here. She responded with directions to “Taco Ma-mass-sit-uh” from my current location. While she was helpful in directing me to the restaurant, she could use some work on her pronunciation.
A little while later, my dad asked if there was an Apple store near me, so I suggested we ask Siri. My dad asked her to “find an apple store.” The bright lass found Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California, helpfully adding that it was “far from here.”
I’m sure Siri will help me out of a pickle someday, but until then, I think I’ll have her stick to entry-level tasks.
Y’all come back (just don’t ask Siri how to get here),
We’ve still to test out Siri but supposedly she learns about you from your requests and is supposed to get better at answering your needs. We’ll have to try her out one of these days…
That’s good to know. I have a lot of teaching to do! 🙂
Just don’t get too addicted. We’ll still have to get about when all of this high-tech connectivity goes down. Be ready to smile, then, when the Amish pass us.
I know! I try to keep myself in check with technology. I try to maintain my independence 🙂
You had me smiling already this morning — even before my coffee finished brewing! Even my pharmacy’s robotic prescription renewal voice has evolved from pronouncing the location from Mapplewood to Maplewood. Siri needs to step up her game!
I have never talked to Siri in . . . um . . . “person”, but I can imagine people who hold regular conversations with her are very lonely people. I would be very careful of her. I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Haha! That’s hilarious about the pharmacy robot. Maybe I should have Siri go talk to it 🙂
My highway exit is on a road called Avienida de los Arboles (I translate this to Tree Road). My GPS voice pronounces it at least three different ways so far.
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