So the iPhone 4S is out for a few months now with it’s new feature: Siri. For those of you that are sleepwalking, Siri is that thing on your phone that searches for things when you ask it verbally… And it answers to you verbally. Depending on the language you chose for input the requests, it may have a male or female voice. Well, I have the American English, therefore I have the woman’s voice replying to me. And may I say, this new feature me must have given the iPhone a personality, because most of the time I ask it to do something it only understands part of it…or is it only the part it wants to answer. When I repeat, I can swear it gets mad with me. And if I ask some dumb question, it gets a patronising attitude and gives me a smart reply… I could swear that I can see the eyes of the little person inside the phone rolling its eyes as it replies to me.
Some nights when the boredom starts kicking in, I decided to ask weird questions to Siri. Sometimes it says that it doesn’t understand what I request, but, sometimes the replies show the attitude I mentioned before. And never answers the same way twice. Here some examples…
“Siri, what is the meaning of life” – “42″ (this is probably a reference to the “Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”). In some other moment, the cheeky bugger replied “I don’t know, but I think there is an app for that”. Or my all time favourite “All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate”.
“Siri, how can I find Love” – “Checking location… Sorry, but I cannot find places in Ireland”. Well… Does this means that love only exists in the US and Canada?
“Will you marry me?” – “My End User License Agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies”. Or the classic “Lets just be friends, ok?” (this a new low… Was already rejected by technology).
“I love you” – “Oh, I bet you say that to all your Apple products”. Or on another day “All you need is love. And your iPhone” (so true… The iPhone part). Another time it got temperamental and said “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones”. Many other replies I got to this answer, but the one I laughed the most was “that’s nice, but can we go back to work now?”.
“Let’s play Rugby” – “ok. Playing Ireland’s call” (Starts playing the song Ireland’s call I have on my phone – isn’t she a smart girl?).
“Make me laugh” – “two iPhones walk into a bar… I forget the rest”.
“F#$k off” – “Sorry, just trying to help”. Or “what did I do to deserve that?”.
There were many more questions and answers… But these are the ones I remember best. Any suggestions? What can I ask Siri?
To be fair, this little thing has proven itself very useful and I cannot live without it anymore. It saves loads of time of setting up appointments, reminders and alarms. Saves time on web searches and typing messages… But I have to keep it simple, because my Portuguese accent confuses the girl at times.
There is no beer in this pub, but definitely there is too much time on our hands…