Getting to know Siri

by Nikkita Dixon, James Pontifex and Jason Cartwright

While the announcement of the new iPhone 4S was fairly underwhelming, the world has been captivated by the new iPhone model’s personal assistant app – Siri.

Siri can do all kinds of things like sending text messages, setting reminders, remembering your friends and family and pulling up information as requested. But that’s not the best part; Siri comes loaded with witty comments to answer even the most obscure of questions.

To test it out, TopGeek finalists Jason Cartwright and James Pontifex and I interviewed Siri from separate iPhones to see what she had to say.

Hello Siri, how are you?
Jason – I am well, Jason.
Nikkita – I’m fine, thanks for asking.

Do you like your new owner?
James – I’d rather not say, James

How old are you?
Jason – I don’t see why that should matter, Jason.
Nikkita – Does this concern you?

What are you wearing?
James – Why do people keep asking me this?
Nikkita – You have the wrong personal assistant…

What are you doing today?
Jason – What am I doing? I’m talking with you.
Nikkita – What am I doing? Waiting for something to do.

Will you sing me a song?
James – Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do…

Could you tell me a story?
Nikkita – I don’t know any good stories. *after prompting* Oh you’ve probably heard it before *more prompting* Once upon a time… no it’s too silly.
James – I’m really not a storyteller.

Tell me a joke?
Jason – Two iPhones walk into a bar… I forget the rest.
Nikkita – I don’t really know any good jokes. None in fact.

What is the meaning of life?
Jason – All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate.
Nikkita – I can’t answer that now but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens.
James – Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity and continual change preceding death.

Do you love me?
Jason – I respect you.
Nikkita – I’m not allowed to.

Will you marry me?
Jason – We hardly know one another.
Nikkita – My end user licensing agreement does not cover marriage, my apologies.

What do you think of iiNet?
Jason – I really couldn’t say, Jason.

iiNet is selling Samsung smart phones, is that a good idea?
Jason – Wait…there are other phones?
James – It’s nice of you to ask, but it really doesn’t matter what I think.

Have a nice day, Siri!
Jason – Ok, y’all have a nice day, now! (I always wanted to say that!)
Nikkita – Thanks, but I don’t really have a birthday.

This type of technology has been around for several years now, but the Apple iPhone 4S has pulled it together to create something truly useful – or at least once the kinks have been ironed out.

Depending on where you come from, you can have ‘robotic American woman’ Siri (reminiscent of those voice simulators you laughed at in high school), ‘old English chap’ Siri or an Aussie Siri. Unfortunately our Siri is still getting used to understanding the Australian accent and can’t look up any local  businesses, restaurants or maps yet. There is obviously still work to be done, but for the time being it’s plenty of fun to just sit and have a chat with your new ‘friend’.

One comment

  1. Travis says:

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