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MacRumors
Jan 18, 2013, 08:11 AM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/10/siri_icon.jpgMIT Technology Review has dug up (http://www.technologyreview.com/view/509961/apple-looks-to-improve-siris-script/) a job ad (http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=4563249) posted by Apple on LinkedIn appealing to writers to help make Siri more conversational."[S]omeone who combines a love for language, wordplay, and conversation with demonstrated experience in bringing creative content to life within an intense technical environment."The ad notes that writers who apply will also need "experience in writing character-driven dialog", a good vocabulary and, ideally, knowledge of more than one language. The goal of the hirings would be to "evolve and enrich Siri."

Siri has been known for her wit and personality (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/15/how-apple-approached-developing-siris-personality/), with Apple attempting to allow Siri to build emotional ties with users.Apple focused on keeping Siri's personality "friendly and humble -- but also with an edge". According to their source, they were thinking "How would we want a person to respond?" while developing the software.After scaling back Siri's original feature set for its initial launch through Apple, the company has been working to expand compatibility to new devices such as the iPad as well as new languages. Apple has also improved Siri in iOS 6 (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/11/apple-announces-ios-6-with-siri-improvements-facebook-integration-new-maps-app-passbook-for-fall-release/) with new movie, sports and restaurant features, and is set to introduce movie ticket purchases through Fandango (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/05/ios-6-1-to-add-siri-based-movie-ticket-purchases-via-fandango/) with the upcoming iOS 6.1.

Article Link: Apple Looking to Hire Writers to Enhance Siri's Witty Personality (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/18/apple-looking-to-hire-writers-to-enhance-siris-witty-personality/)



tumtumtum
Jan 18, 2013, 08:14 AM
Nor normally so cynical with respect to Apple but perhaps they could hire some backend engineers to make Siri respond faster? Google Voice takes less than a second most of the time. Siri takes 2-3 seconds just to recognise your voice.

mabhatter
Jan 18, 2013, 08:14 AM
George Lucas is free now!! He is a MASTER of witty dialogue.

rmwebs
Jan 18, 2013, 08:15 AM
Money well spent :rolleyes:

How about fix the most basic cockups first?

Temperature here is currently -3 CELSIUS. If I ask Siri what the temperature is in Fahrenheit it just repeats the 'witty' Celsius temperature by saying "Brr! its -3 outside.".

Basic little things like this really shouldn't take a few seconds to fix.

Yujenisis
Jan 18, 2013, 08:19 AM
George Lucas is free now!! He is a MASTER of witty dialogue.

You're breaking my heart, Annie. :D

HishamAkhtar
Jan 18, 2013, 08:23 AM
Why is Apple so intent on turning Siri into a big joke? Make it more functional and faster and stop wasting time on this garbage.

spoonie1972
Jan 18, 2013, 08:23 AM
This is it. The beginning of the end - and we asked for it.

From HHGTTG:

The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation invented a concept called Genuine People Personalities ("GPP") which imbue their products with intelligence and emotion.

We're doomed!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_in_The_Hitchhiker's_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Sirius_Cybernetics_Corporation

Xenomorph
Jan 18, 2013, 08:26 AM
How about making Siri WORK, first?

It doesn't matter if your Internet connection is 10 Mbps, 30 Mbps, 50 Mbps, or 100 Mbps.
It doesn't matter if your latency/ping is sub 100 ms, sub 50 ms, or sub 10 ms.

Siri just takes such a *long* time to respond. To do anything. Not just looking up stuff, but dictation. Tap the mic, say a simple work such a "hi" or "go", and you end up waiting for anything to happen. Sometimes you get a spinning animation that never seems to end, sometimes you end up with simply no response.
Ask Siri a question, and after waiting a painfully long time, you *might* get a response. Maybe she'll just say "I'm sorry, I'm having trouble right now. Try again later." or something similar.

It's been over a YEAR, and Siri is still nothing more than a useless gimmick to most.

b166er
Jan 18, 2013, 08:27 AM
Siri had such huge potential, but even Apple doesn't take it seriously. When I saw it demoed I was so impressed. I do use it for reminders and some other tasks while I'm driving, but it doesn't offer anything the competition can't at this point.

Omacc
Jan 18, 2013, 08:28 AM
tim cook letting to many bone heads make the decisions and letting alot of dumb ones slip through the cracks....

bushido
Jan 18, 2013, 08:31 AM
oh i forgot my iPhone 5 has siri

anyway, they should also hire some actual germans because the way siri talks in german is hilarious sometimes

KdParker
Jan 18, 2013, 08:36 AM
Nor normally so cynical with respect to Apple but perhaps they could hire some backend engineers to make Siri respond faster? Google Voice takes less than a second most of the time. Siri takes 2-3 seconds just to recognise your voice.

Faster and more accurate, would be my first focus. But maybe they are already doing that.

MasterHowl
Jan 18, 2013, 08:38 AM
I'd happily go work for them, and make a whole new language available for iPhone usrs... Yorkshire accents! Siri hardly understands me as it, I have to put on a posh accent...

"Ey up Siri, wot's on't box t'nite?"
"Ey up cock, al ava look fo y'"

"Siri, tha cud murder a cuppa, wez' nearest cafe?"
"Daant' road, al show y' way naa t'old boy" *opens maps and gives directions*

:D

ctdonath
Jan 18, 2013, 08:45 AM
they were thinking "How would we want a person to respond?" while developing the software.

Well, did anyone ever bother asking Siri?

Zunjine
Jan 18, 2013, 08:47 AM
I'd happily go work for them, and make a whole new language available for iPhone usrs... Yorkshire accents! Siri hardly understands me as it, I have to put on a posh accent...

"Ey up Siri, wot's on't box t'nite?"
"Ey up cock, al ava look fo y'"

"Siri, tha cud murder a cuppa, wez' nearest cafe?"
"Daant' road, al show y' way naa t'old boy" *opens maps and gives directions*

:D

By-eck! Tha's sum reet gud thinkin tha!

Ivan0310
Jan 18, 2013, 08:51 AM
Why not spend time and money on innovation instead of gimmicks? Siri itself isn't a gimmick, but trying to expand its 'witty' personality is. Market analysts (and I don't mean DigiTimes...) are saying almost daily that Apple is starting to lack in innovation and has fallen into an iterative rut of just applying minor tweaks to each of their product lines.

It may be a reach, but I kind of compare it to the story of the USPTO wanting to close its doors in the 19th century because everything had already been invented. Apple cannot rest on the laurels of its current product lines and must continue inventing and innovating to stay relevant.

[Edit: I feel I need to qualify this response. My problem is that it feels like it's been a while since Apple wowed us with a bit of true innovation. Yes, they certainly lead the industry in innovation, but it just seems like with every new report on Apple's current goings-on, that we've started to see stagnation. Perhaps it's a problem with the consumers and fans expecting too much from a company. And perhaps it's a problem with a company having conditioned a marketplace to expect such great things on such a rapid cycle. Maybe I and the rest of the world just need to step back and stop to smell the roses...]

longofest
Jan 18, 2013, 08:53 AM
Wait... I thought this position was already filled?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQj0uueIzAQ

Zunjine
Jan 18, 2013, 08:58 AM
I don't understand the thinking of people who say things like this:

Apple should fix the Wifi connection problem before worrying about the scuffing issue!

Or,

My government should stop giving money to poor people in x country because we have people here who are poor!

Or,

Scientists should sort out the ozone layer instead of worrying about the Higgs Boson!

Do people think that companies, governments and various fields of specialists are only capable of working on one problem at a time? Does the fact that something is being done make some other thing being done less likely?

Apple IS working on improving the speed/reliability/functionality of basically everything all the time. But a team of people can only be so large before the improvement in man-power is outweighed by the transaction costs - too many cooks are said to have a deleterious effect on the quality of broth. And do we suppose that the same people who are working on improving Siri's "personality" would be any use if re-deployed to the maps team? Or if asked to assist in beefing up Apple's data-centres? Really?!

Yes - Apple needs to make Siri faster. There is nothing in this story which suggests that they are not. All we can see here is that they also have people working on other things... shocking!

Companies can do more than one thing at once. Governments can support international development while working on domestic poverty and groups of experts can and must support various research and development projects simultaneously or they'll never get anywhere!

Of course, I'm wasting my time.

michaelsviews
Jan 18, 2013, 09:02 AM
Google Maps + Google Voice, it would work

Zunjine
Jan 18, 2013, 09:19 AM
Why not spend time and money on innovation instead of gimmicks? Siri itself isn't a gimmick, but trying to expand its 'witty' personality is. Market analysts (and I don't mean DigiTimes...) are saying almost daily that Apple is starting to lack in innovation and has fallen into an iterative rut of just applying minor tweaks to each of their product lines.

It may be a reach, but I kind of compare it to the story of the USPTO wanting to close its doors in the 19th century because everything had already been invented. Apple cannot rest on the laurels of its current product lines and must continue inventing and innovating to stay relevant.

Why?

Compared to everyone else in the consumer electronics space Apple is THE innovator. No one, not a single company, has changed the landscape of consumer technology one tenth as much as Apple has, even if you only count the last decade, but you don't hear people saying that Samsung has to invent and innovate to stay relevant or that Nokia needs a big new paradigm shifting product to survive - they do but no one says it. Even if we accept that, since the iPad, Apple has not really pushed out a big, game changing product, who exactly has? Samsung with their Phablet? Google's G+? If Apple has been slow for the last three years, then by that standards nobody has innovated at all since about 2002! Surface? It's like an iPad. Chromebooks? Basic thin client devices - been around for years.

Right now Apple has three big lines. iPhone, iPad and MacBook (Pro/Air) - two of which have redefined entire technology categories in a little over five years. All three are growing rapidly, especially the iPhone and iPad which are seeing YoY growth of 35-50%. Apple has just launched the iPad mini which is likely to outsell the original iPad and add millions of units per quarter to Apple's sell-through. If Apple did nothing but keep improving these three lines for the next five years they would remain the most profitable company in technology without a sniff of doubt. They don't NEED to do anything to stay relevant other than keep pushing these products harder. Yes, sooner or later a new product will be needed but that statement is true for ANYONE in ANY INDUSTRY.

They will do other things, of course. It's probable that they'll be moving into a new product category within the next 18 months. It's also likely that they will expand the iPhone line in some way and new services will be launched to bolster their ecosystem. But even if they didn't they would stay relevant for years to come. Apple has the world's most popular smartphone and the world's most popular tablet range. Apple has the world's largest and most popular App Store and is dominant in online music distribution. Apple has a big chunk of video too, not to mention being the world's leading mobile games platform. Apple currently sits atop the pile in no less than five product/service categories in terms of profit, scope, size and influence.

EDIT - just wanted to add that spending time on presentation is not gimmicky in the slightest and that's what Siri's "personality" is - presentation. You don't, I assume, consider spending time on the look and feel of a product a waste, do you? How Siri responds, the jokes and quips that make him/her feel more like a real person, are a part of the product and one of the reasons that Siri is the only voice assistant that anyone who doesn't use one can name. If making the product more fun to use encourages people to have a go then the time spent on it is in no way a waste.

njgeek
Jan 18, 2013, 10:20 AM
I'd recommend Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) from Twitter. He's fully of witty one liners.

iChrist
Jan 18, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Hey. How about making her voice LESS annoying and rude. The google voice for maps is much more pleasant and doesn't talk like a robot.

:rolleyes:

Yvan256
Jan 18, 2013, 10:41 AM
Let us have a few choices for the personality. I'd love to have GlaDOS' voice and "personality" in my next iPod touch. :D

They could license a few world-wide popular characters too, such as Homer Simpson (dumb and funny) and Lisa Simpson (smart and polite).

Zunjine
Jan 18, 2013, 10:45 AM
[Edit: I feel I need to qualify this response. My problem is that it feels like it's been a while since Apple wowed us with a bit of true innovation. Yes, they certainly lead the industry in innovation, but it just seems like with every new report on Apple's current goings-on, that we've started to see stagnation. Perhaps it's a problem with the consumers and fans expecting too much from a company. And perhaps it's a problem with a company having conditioned a marketplace to expect such great things on such a rapid cycle. Maybe I and the rest of the world just need to step back and stop to smell the roses...]

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said "it just seems like with every new report on Apple's current goings-on, that we've started to see stagnation."

What you're really seeing here is a popular meme doing the rounds. No quantitative stuff. No hard data. Just a lot of bloggers and chattering types saying the same things - opinions based on opinions based on opinions.

Big new products are rare. Prior to the modern smartphone and tablet revolution the personal computer space had been dominated for years by desktop and laptop PCs. The first desktop was built forty years ago! Granted the more recognizable home computer would come in the 80s but the basic paradigm of a screen with a keyboard attached is now as old as the hills. Laptops in the form we would currently recognize are from the late 80s/early 90s! If we allow that netbooks are basically a minor blip and sub-notebooks in general never really changed the world, prior to the modern smartphone and tablet the basic paradigms of personal computing had been solidly in place with almost no major shifts (in terms of the devices - I'm not saying the rise of the internet wasn't a big deal) for the better part of 30 years!

Think about that for a moment - 30 years separates the laptop from the modern tablet and the modern tablet is now about three years old. One tenth of the time that elapsed between the birth of the laptop and the launch of the iPad has since passed... one tenth! And we're already asking for a major new personal computing shift-around!?

Right now the big advances are coming in apps and services and Apple's part in that is as a platform more than anything else - the App Store, the iPad and iPhone - these are keystones in allowing partners to innovate. Apple is playing a different role but don't imagine they aren't in the game.

We're seeing a rise in wearable electronics but most of those are far too niche right now for Apple. Apple may one day make a smartwatch - in fact I would put money on something in that space being a major new product from Apple pretty soon - and they're likely to have a head mounted/HUD type product under development (we're still a LONG way from that breaking into the mainstream though and Apple doesn't tend to play in niche areas these days), but until a big new technological breakthrough (bendable screens are a part of this but it's battery tech that's holding back new form-factors in portable tech) it's not likely we'll see a shift like that between laptop and tablet for a little while.

So what might we see?

I said that a smartwatch type of devices is a good bet. This technology is still maturing and Apple will wait until it can do something that radically improves on the current smartwatch experience. I think maybe within the next two years we'll see an Apple branded wearable device of some sort.

Apple is, for a large part, a media company now and the living room is where most media is still consumed. I'm not convinced that Apple will launch a TV - I just don't see why they would when a small, cheap set-top box can do the job when plugged in to a standard HD TV, but a bigger move into the living room is almost certainly on the cards. This is hard. Google has tried and failed spectacularly. TiVO is dying. Of all the big players MS is, perhaps, the best placed in this fight with the XBOX in hundreds of millions of living rooms. But after them Apple has a great chance here because the Apple TV is in millions of homes despite being a fairly basic package - with Apple's dominant iTunes Store and huge base of iPad users, a big push into the living room is by no means beyond them.

Beyond that, I don't know. We'll have to wait and see.

tevion5
Jan 18, 2013, 10:58 AM
I'd happily go work for them, and make a whole new language available for iPhone usrs... Yorkshire accents! Siri hardly understands me as it, I have to put on a posh accent...

"Ey up Siri, wot's on't box t'nite?"
"Ey up cock, al ava look fo y'"

"Siri, tha cud murder a cuppa, wez' nearest cafe?"
"Daant' road, al show y' way naa t'old boy" *opens maps and gives directions*

:D

I'm Irish and its bad enough for me, but I dread to think how Northern Irelanders are getting on when we don't even understand them :P

samcraig
Jan 18, 2013, 10:58 AM
"When asked on whether or not she needed paid writers for her witty comebacks, Siri had no comment"

kockgunner
Jan 18, 2013, 11:27 AM
One thing I would like them to add is contextual awareness. If I am browsing looking at a photo, it would be really helpful to be able to say "email this photo to John" and have Siri do just that. I feel it's not integrated into the system enough and it feels like a assistant in training.

iHateMacs
Jan 18, 2013, 11:57 AM
My government should stop giving money to poor people in x country because we have people here who are poor!

Governments can support international development while working on domestic poverty

Can they?

Here in the UK, Millions of £ are being cut from budgets for councils. Free bus passes, winter fuel allowances are all ripe for curtailing, while at the same time the UK Government is sending hundreds of millions of £ a year for overseas aid.

I might be stupid, but to me it seems that if we didn't send all this money away to people who mostly never appreciate it, it would help here at home for some of the people that paid in all their lives and are now being shafted.

I don't know what utopian world you live in, but it sounds nice. There must be plenty of everything to go round and people want for nothing.

needfx
Jan 18, 2013, 12:02 PM
I don't understand the thinking of people who say things like this:

...

Of course, I'm wasting my time.

Go get 'em!

Swift
Jan 18, 2013, 12:12 PM
Money well spent :rolleyes:

How about fix the most basic cockups first?

Temperature here is currently -3 CELSIUS. If I ask Siri what the temperature is in Fahrenheit it just repeats the 'witty' Celsius temperature by saying "Brr! its -3 outside.".

Basic little things like this really shouldn't take a few seconds to fix.

http://www.mcelhearn.com/2012/09/20/why-wont-siri-tell-me-the-temperature-in-centigrade/

On the iPhone, set your Weather app to C or F. Siri will respond in those units. On the iPad, it's hidden away in the Clock app. C or F. Go figure.

Bubba Satori
Jan 18, 2013, 12:13 PM
Thank goodness they are taking care of this before they update the MacPro.
Gotta have priorities.

Swift
Jan 18, 2013, 12:16 PM
Can they?

Here in the UK, Millions of £ are being cut from budgets for councils. Free bus passes, winter fuel allowances are all ripe for curtailing, while at the same time the UK Government is sending hundreds of millions of £ a year for overseas aid.

I might be stupid, but to me it seems that if we didn't send all this money away to people who mostly never appreciate it, it would help here at home for some of the people that paid in all their lives and are now being shafted.

I don't know what utopian world you live in, but it sounds nice. There must be plenty of everything to go round and people want for nothing.

Actually, you are in a serious recession, with deflation, brought about by government austerity in response to a deflationary crisis. It doesn't work, huh? No. It doesn't. What you (and we) have is a jobs deficit. Government spending (in the short run) for JOBS. You'll find the deficits just melting away once unemployment is down. THEN, when the economy is recovering, cut.

Flood123
Jan 18, 2013, 12:22 PM
What I would love is a voice expansion pack so you could change the voice to Yoda like the Garmin Navigation. Yoda is just an example. It would be fun if they got creative with it. <opinion>Siri's voice is annoying.</opinion>

nep61
Jan 18, 2013, 01:06 PM
Can they?

Here in the UK, Millions of £ are being cut from budgets for councils. Free bus passes, winter fuel allowances are all ripe for curtailing, while at the same time the UK Government is sending hundreds of millions of £ a year for overseas aid.

I might be stupid, but to me it seems that if we didn't send all this money away to people who mostly never appreciate it, it would help here at home for some of the people that paid in all their lives and are now being shafted.

I don't know what utopian world you live in, but it sounds nice. There must be plenty of everything to go round and people want for nothing.

I agree with you ... and, as the saying goes, "charity starts at home"

Problem is, if governments decide to spend more of it's own money to help it's own, then the people who benifit are the friends of the government, not necessarily the people ruled by that govenment.

It's a fine line, and a balancing act... and... you can't please all of the people all of the time.... THAT'S what the real problem is.

kayno
Jan 18, 2013, 01:13 PM
Why?

Compared to everyone else in the consumer electronics space Apple is THE innovator. No one, not a single company, has changed the landscape of consumer technology one tenth as much as Apple has, even if you only count the last decade, but you don't hear people saying that Samsung has to invent and innovate to stay relevant or that Nokia needs a big new paradigm shifting product to survive - they do but no one says it. Even if we accept that, since the iPad, Apple has not really pushed out a big, game changing product, who exactly has? Samsung with their Phablet? Google's G+? If Apple has been slow for the last three years, then by that standards nobody has innovated at all since about 2002! Surface? It's like an iPad. Chromebooks? Basic thin client devices - been around for years.

Right now Apple has three big lines. iPhone, iPad and MacBook (Pro/Air) - two of which have redefined entire technology categories in a little over five years. All three are growing rapidly, especially the iPhone and iPad which are seeing YoY growth of 35-50%. Apple has just launched the iPad mini which is likely to outsell the original iPad and add millions of units per quarter to Apple's sell-through. If Apple did nothing but keep improving these three lines for the next five years they would remain the most profitable company in technology without a sniff of doubt. They don't NEED to do anything to stay relevant other than keep pushing these products harder. Yes, sooner or later a new product will be needed but that statement is true for ANYONE in ANY INDUSTRY.

They will do other things, of course. It's probable that they'll be moving into a new product category within the next 18 months. It's also likely that they will expand the iPhone line in some way and new services will be launched to bolster their ecosystem. But even if they didn't they would stay relevant for years to come. Apple has the world's most popular smartphone and the world's most popular tablet range. Apple has the world's largest and most popular App Store and is dominant in online music distribution. Apple has a big chunk of video too, not to mention being the world's leading mobile games platform. Apple currently sits atop the pile in no less than five product/service categories in terms of profit, scope, size and influence.

EDIT - just wanted to add that spending time on presentation is not gimmicky in the slightest and that's what Siri's "personality" is - presentation. You don't, I assume, consider spending time on the look and feel of a product a waste, do you? How Siri responds, the jokes and quips that make him/her feel more like a real person, are a part of the product and one of the reasons that Siri is the only voice assistant that anyone who doesn't use one can name. If making the product more fun to use encourages people to have a go then the time spent on it is in no way a waste.

Would have said it better if I could, but I cant, so I won't..

nutmac
Jan 18, 2013, 01:24 PM
Why not spend time and money on innovation instead of gimmicks? Siri itself isn't a gimmick, but trying to expand its 'witty' personality is. Market analysts (and I don't mean DigiTimes...) are saying almost daily that Apple is starting to lack in innovation and has fallen into an iterative rut of just applying minor tweaks to each of their product lines
Well, Apple has enough resource to do both and more.

To stay ahead of the curve, Siri needs to (1) innovate, (2) improve performance (both response speed and accuracy), and (3) become more fun.

Speaking of innovation, I read Ben Brook's "More Data Detector Please" (http://brooksreview.net/2013/01/data-detectors/) blog post last night. He proposes integrating Siri to voice calls, where Siri can listen in to detect and make a note of things like appointments, phone numbers, addresses, etc. And at the end of the call, I can review the summary to confirm individual actions.

carlgo
Jan 18, 2013, 01:54 PM
...a big push into the living room is by no means beyond them.

Beyond that, I don't know. We'll have to wait and see.

A watch would be interesting, a camera unlikely, a better set-top box really good although the whole idea of forcing everyone in your house to watch your apps instead of their favorite shows...

The biggest of big things would be to purchase or start a satellite network and/or become a broadband provider. Talk about industries that are popular and even necessary, but suck in so many ways. And not just a walled garden, but a walled universe...

olowott
Jan 18, 2013, 03:04 PM
about time siri steps up

i mean look at google voice - awesome :D

nervouk
Jan 18, 2013, 03:35 PM
Siri has witty responses? I wouldn't know, all she ever says to me is:

"I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean by _____, would you like me to search for it on the web?", or

"I'm sorry, I can only search for businesses located in the United States."

mrsir2009
Jan 18, 2013, 03:39 PM
Why is Apple so intent on turning Siri into a big joke? Make it more functional and faster and stop wasting time on this garbage.

Well, to be honest “a big joke” is all Siri is really good for. And Apple must know that. I mean, how many people can seriously say that they use Siri for functional tasks on a regular basis?

Rodimus Prime
Jan 18, 2013, 04:15 PM
Nor normally so cynical with respect to Apple but perhaps they could hire some backend engineers to make Siri respond faster? Google Voice takes less than a second most of the time. Siri takes 2-3 seconds just to recognise your voice.

Well one thing is lets be blunt Apple is playing it cheap on processing power for siri. Compared to google that will start transmitting your voice right off as it is recording. This gives Google servers a head start at translating what you want. Another thing I believe Google is doing is using predictive algorathuims to start perfecting data on its back side while it is still translating what you said. This means the turn around time from when you say your last word is quicker because a lot more work as been done ahead of time. Draw back is when they (google) guesses wrong they have to double up on getting everything. Also means they might be using more process running multiple guesses at the same time.

Rocketman
Jan 18, 2013, 04:25 PM
They need to do that in 30 languages.

Radio
Jan 18, 2013, 06:09 PM
Google voice works better

It's so unfortunate that they can't work together :(. Apple and google

Shrink
Jan 18, 2013, 06:19 PM
Make it more functional and faster and stop wasting time on this garbage.

I thought perhaps I was the only one who didn't need Siri to be cute, or my friend. It's a piece of software, and I don't need, or want, it to be human-like, just to be able to understand a simple command like "Cancel timer" without doing something useless like re-setting the timer to the original setting instead of canceling the timer, as I asked.

I'm not interested in Siri be more humanoid, rather more accurate and effective. I don't need to pretend Siri is human, just a useful part of an electronic appliance.

OnceYouGoMac
Jan 18, 2013, 07:28 PM
Is this for real?

zosokm
Jan 18, 2013, 07:33 PM
The expectations from Apple are very high . Yet if you look at this list of innovations objectively- they have 4 major contributions in the last 20 years. The original apple computer with the GUI and mouse in the 1980s (taken from Xerox but made main stream by apple), the ipod in 2001, the iphone in 2007 and the ipad in 2010. Smaller but significant changes are itunes and the macbook air (the ultrabook concept) and the app store .

It is impossible for any company to keep coming up with "innovation" every 2 years. However , the expectations from apple are very high because the came up with the iphone and the ipad in rapid succession within a span of 3 years when the competition was taken by surprise. The sad demise of Steve Jobs has lead people to believe that Apple is on the way down. However , even if Jobs were alive, I dont think that he could push out an "innovation" every year.

macs4nw
Jan 18, 2013, 08:17 PM
The expectations from Apple are very high . Yet if you look at this list of innovations objectively- they have 4 major contributions in the last 20 years. The original apple computer with the GUI and mouse in the 1980s (taken from Xerox but made main stream by apple), the ipod in 2001, the iphone in 2007 and the ipad in 2010. Smaller but significant changes are itunes and the macbook air (the ultrabook concept) and the app store .

It is impossible for any company to keep coming up with "innovation" every 2 years. However , the expectations from apple are very high because the came up with the iphone and the ipad in rapid succession within a span of 3 years when the competition was taken by surprise. The sad demise of Steve Jobs has lead people to believe that Apple is on the way down. However , even if Jobs were alive, I dont think that he could push out an "innovation" every year.

They have spoiled us to the point that many are now expecting miracles from APPLE. A tough act for them to keep up. Call me an optimist, but there are so many thousands of very talented people working at APPLE, that I believe many more great things will be coming our way, given time. :apple::)

buddybd
Jan 18, 2013, 08:53 PM
http://www.mcelhearn.com/2012/09/20/why-wont-siri-tell-me-the-temperature-in-centigrade/

On the iPhone, set your Weather app to C or F. Siri will respond in those units. On the iPad, it's hidden away in the Clock app. C or F. Go figure.

That's not the problem he was talking about. He was referring to actual functionality (the conversion) rather than a useless response.

Blakjack
Jan 18, 2013, 09:12 PM
Macrumors forums are starting to resemble Crackberry forums in the sense that over 50% of the comments are now negative with disappointment, doom, gloom, and how Apples future is downhill from here.

Man I hope they get the next phone right. I hate the atmosphere here now.

devianter
Jan 18, 2013, 10:03 PM
Money well spent :rolleyes:

How about fix the most basic cockups first?

Temperature here is currently -3 CELSIUS. If I ask Siri what the temperature is in Fahrenheit it just repeats the 'witty' Celsius temperature by saying "Brr! its -3 outside.".

Basic little things like this really shouldn't take a few seconds to fix.


Fahrenheit is ****ing stupid and you all should start using Celsius like the rest of the world does. It's much easier and you won't have such problems (which is HUGE) ... not it isn't, just kiddin'.

nicholson06
Jan 19, 2013, 01:31 AM
How do we writers apply for this :)

petsounds
Jan 19, 2013, 01:42 AM
What you're really seeing here is a popular meme doing the rounds. No quantitative stuff. No hard data.


We have hard data in the fact that Siri's iOS6's improvements amount to hooking up a couple new data services (sports scores, wow). And we're seeing a stagnation in iOS itself. We're seeing that iCloud is a rickety mess. We're seeing that Google is already leapfrogging Siri in the breadth of content it consumes. Apple seems to be more concerned about content deals than about innovating on data. Because if they were serious about Big Data, they would be trying to collect and own it, not license mediocre data sources.

Tim said that Siri is a long-term project for Apple, but I don't see the laser focus on it. It feels more like another checkbox on the feature list.

SvenSvenson
Jan 19, 2013, 03:28 AM
Thank goodness they are taking care of this before they update the MacPro.
Gotta have priorities.

1. You don't know if this is being done before any Mac Pro update. 2. Do you really want dialog specialists doing hardware & software design?

rmwebs
Jan 19, 2013, 04:12 AM
Fahrenheit is ****ing stupid and you all should start using Celsius like the rest of the world does. It's much easier and you won't have such problems (which is HUGE) ... not it isn't, just kiddin'.

I/we do use Celsius. I was giving an example of one of the many cockups.

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1. You don't know if this is being done before any Mac Pro update. 2. Do you really want dialog specialists doing hardware & software design?

Might want to read his post again, this time with your sarcasm detector turned on ;)

dontpannic
Jan 19, 2013, 04:34 AM
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Hey. How about making her voice LESS annoying and rude. The google voice for maps is much more pleasant and doesn't talk like a robot.

:rolleyes:

Shoe on the other foot - Google voice for maps in the UK is absolutely terrible compared to the voice used for Siri.

I tried using Google Maps Navigation to get me to a destination in London but the voice was either too quiet or too loud during one instruction, it would decrease the volume of playing music every few seconds for no reason whatsoever.

Terminated the google app, asked Siri how to get to my destination and the difference is night and day.

prowlmedia
Jan 19, 2013, 07:52 AM
Surely this is a job for Stephen Fry?

somethingelsefl
Jan 19, 2013, 11:07 AM
[QUOTE=Zunjine;16684710] Companies can do more than one thing at once. Governments can support international development while working on domestic poverty and groups of experts can and must support various research and development projects simultaneously or they'll never get anywhere! QUOTE]

Well said. I think that this should be the new confirmation dialogue box that appears before anyone posts to MacRumors.

RobNYC
Jan 19, 2013, 11:26 AM
I get the presentation argument someone made much further up this thread. My issue is that Siri's voice recognition still isn't that great. A lof time she gets what you ask wrong. Sometimes you have to repeat things like 3 or 4 times before she understands. At that point, it would have been faster just to do whatever the task was myself. When she is working great, it definitely a useful feature but she doesn't understand things nearly as well as Google's app does.

Maybe they are working hard to fix that and we're just not seeing stuff about it, but for now I'd rather that part of Siri get fixed before expanding her dialog.

rdlink
Jan 19, 2013, 12:03 PM
Why not spend time and money on innovation instead of gimmicks? Siri itself isn't a gimmick, but trying to expand its 'witty' personality is. Market analysts (and I don't mean DigiTimes...) are saying almost daily that Apple is starting to lack in innovation and has fallen into an iterative rut of just applying minor tweaks to each of their product lines.

It may be a reach, but I kind of compare it to the story of the USPTO wanting to close its doors in the 19th century because everything had already been invented. Apple cannot rest on the laurels of its current product lines and must continue inventing and innovating to stay relevant.

[Edit: I feel I need to qualify this response. My problem is that it feels like it's been a while since Apple wowed us with a bit of true innovation. Yes, they certainly lead the industry in innovation, but it just seems like with every new report on Apple's current goings-on, that we've started to see stagnation. Perhaps it's a problem with the consumers and fans expecting too much from a company. And perhaps it's a problem with a company having conditioned a marketplace to expect such great things on such a rapid cycle. Maybe I and the rest of the world just need to step back and stop to smell the roses...]


When I think about it, Apple came out with the iPod in 2001. It was a groundbreaking innovation, although it didn't really start to gain traction as such until Gen 2, in 2002 came out with Windows support.

Then, if you take away the switch to Intel, Apple didn't come out with their next innovative, groundbreaking product for over 5 years, when they introduced the iPhone.

The next groundbreaking innovation was 3 years later, when the iPad came out. And follow-up information has shown us that the iPad was in development for years before the iPhone.

So I wonder why everyone considers Apple as failing because they haven't release any more "groundbreaking" products since iPad?

It's only been a little under three years. I remember Jobs saying in more than one of his keynotes that "a company is lucky if they get to be involved with one revolutionary product." Apple's had at least three (arguably more) in about 11-12 years.

BlackBannaTips
Jan 19, 2013, 12:27 PM
Zunjine:

I bet you never worked at a real place with a real job before, and just knowing that your perspective is narrow minded, I wouldn't point out what you've been missing from the real world one to ten all together,

but I must to say one thing about the real world, there's priority in every tasks they have no matter how many different work in how many different type of work where they are involved in. There are always one or two things should be top of the list that the places or the government must pursuit that these things to be done prior to the other tasks they have.

For instance, the government don't need to support other country while they have serious problem domestically on their hands.

No one really would feel this way if their mother county is doing fine, but the problem is problem on their hands is bigger and unstoppable and that is the one thing they should resolve first instead of looking out for other problems internationally.

The only reason why the government care about other problem is related to the diplomacy, not for the humanity, if they really care about the people with that matter, the group of poor people, who will be living on a paradise.

Think yourself so smart by bringing up such as delicate subject, aren't you? People who feel that way is normal and they don't need to have your lack of understanding because that's how the people address about the problem they have, and if ever Apple or government abide by the prioritizing the problems what they have, people don't have to be reacted this way and gotten angry.

Please shake off your childish perspective before it gets you, and for the sake of arguments in the future, you should learn how to address how you feelings towards to the other opinion in an adequate way without worshiping only your idea is suitable for the society and pretend to be you are far better than people who feel that way.

You are so obtuse!


My government should stop giving money to poor people in x country because we have people here who are poor!



I don't understand the thinking of people who say things like this:

Apple should fix the Wifi connection problem before worrying about the scuffing issue!

Or,

My government should stop giving money to poor people in x country because we have people here who are poor!

Or,

Scientists should sort out the ozone layer instead of worrying about the Higgs Boson!

Do people think that companies, governments and various fields of specialists are only capable of working on one problem at a time? Does the fact that something is being done make some other thing being done less likely?

Apple IS working on improving the speed/reliability/functionality of basically everything all the time. But a team of people can only be so large before the improvement in man-power is outweighed by the transaction costs - too many cooks are said to have a deleterious effect on the quality of broth. And do we suppose that the same people who are working on improving Siri's "personality" would be any use if re-deployed to the maps team? Or if asked to assist in beefing up Apple's data-centres? Really?!

Yes - Apple needs to make Siri faster. There is nothing in this story which suggests that they are not. All we can see here is that they also have people working on other things... shocking!

Companies can do more than one thing at once. Governments can support international development while working on domestic poverty and groups of experts can and must support various research and development projects simultaneously or they'll never get anywhere!

Of course, I'm wasting my time.

el-John-o
Jan 19, 2013, 01:36 PM
I don't understand the thinking of people who say things like this:

Apple should fix the Wifi connection problem before worrying about the scuffing issue!

Or,

My government should stop giving money to poor people in x country because we have people here who are poor!

Or,

Scientists should sort out the ozone layer instead of worrying about the Higgs Boson!

Do people think that companies, governments and various fields of specialists are only capable of working on one problem at a time? Does the fact that something is being done make some other thing being done less likely?

Apple IS working on improving the speed/reliability/functionality of basically everything all the time. But a team of people can only be so large before the improvement in man-power is outweighed by the transaction costs - too many cooks are said to have a deleterious effect on the quality of broth. And do we suppose that the same people who are working on improving Siri's "personality" would be any use if re-deployed to the maps team? Or if asked to assist in beefing up Apple's data-centres? Really?!

Yes - Apple needs to make Siri faster. There is nothing in this story which suggests that they are not. All we can see here is that they also have people working on other things... shocking!

Companies can do more than one thing at once. Governments can support international development while working on domestic poverty and groups of experts can and must support various research and development projects simultaneously or they'll never get anywhere!

Of course, I'm wasting my time.

Bravo sir, Bravo.

You took the words out of my mouth. An ENOURMOUS pet pieve of mine is just that. The whole one-track the world can only apparently do one thing at a time situation.

What it really translates to is;

"I want all of the worlds resources to be devoted solely to what bothers me, and this particular issue doesn't bother me, compared to that particular issue"

rbrian
Jan 19, 2013, 03:17 PM
I don't think Siri needs to be wittier. Every time I demonstrate him to friends or family, within seconds we are all crying with laughter!

imageWIS
Jan 19, 2013, 04:28 PM
George Lucas is free now!! He is a MASTER of witty dialogue.

JarJar Siri?

Walljasper
Jan 19, 2013, 04:33 PM
After a brief fling with SIRI and suffered her condescending voice and attitude, I have lost interest in any advantages of polygamy.

koban4max
Jan 19, 2013, 05:47 PM
This is it. The beginning of the end - and we asked for it.

From HHGTTG:

The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation invented a concept called Genuine People Personalities ("GPP") which imbue their products with intelligence and emotion.

We're doomed!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_in_The_Hitchhiker's_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Sirius_Cybernetics_Corporation

quit supporting apple then. by then, apple will realize that people want quality computer.

spoonie1972
Jan 19, 2013, 05:51 PM
quit supporting apple then. by then, apple will realize that people want quality computer.

i think you took my post too seriously.

tekstud
Jan 19, 2013, 07:33 PM
Siri is the most useless Apple feature ever devised- a gimmick. I've almost bashed my phone against the pavement or a wall I can't say how many times due to Siri's f'ups.
It simply does not work on the outside in NYC and rarely indoors as well.

el-John-o
Jan 19, 2013, 08:04 PM
Siri is the most useless Apple feature ever devised- a gimmick. I've almost bashed my phone against the pavement or a wall I can't say how many times due to Siri's f'ups.
It simply does not work on the outside in NYC and rarely indoors as well.

I don't think Siri is the most useless, I think that's entirely subjective. For example, I'm a polar opposite to you. I live in a rural area, so apps like Yelp and features like allowing it to make a reservation, or apps like Passbook, are utterly useless. There is nowhere out here to use such a feature, perhaps one or two in downtown St.Louis, but that's well over an hour away.

However, because I don't have the network saturation you do in NYC, Siri works flawlessly everywhere. Low ping and high throughput (even on HSPA+, heck, my '3G only' iPhone 4 got 8-10mbps consistently all the time) helps with that.

I could do without her though. I mean, I upgraded to the 5, but she wasn't going to get me to the upgrade to the 4S. I could take it or leave it. Siri is a fun little nick-nack to have. Saves a second now and then to say "Take me home" instead of pulling up a GPS app and tapping on the home icon. If siri could interact with more apps though, I think it'd be a killer feature.

Xenc
Jan 19, 2013, 11:45 PM
Her? Siri is a guy in the UK!

el-John-o
Jan 19, 2013, 11:58 PM
Her? Siri is a guy in the UK!

There's gotta be a joke in there somewhere.. LOL

thehustleman
Jan 20, 2013, 12:17 AM
Nor normally so cynical with respect to Apple but perhaps they could hire some backend engineers to make Siri respond faster? Google Voice takes less than a second most of the time. Siri takes 2-3 seconds just to recognise your voice.

This is true.

When selling phones people ask what's the difference and I let them play with Google now and siri and they always say Google is faster

rbrian
Jan 20, 2013, 02:09 AM
Me: Open the pod bay doors, Dave.

Siri: Would you like me to search the web for "only the pod race bores, bathe."

That seems pretty witty to me, managing to disparage not one but two scifi films, and suggesting I spend too much time on the sofa. Priceless! Also, useless.

Akarin
Jan 20, 2013, 03:46 AM
Although it can be fun, I'd rather see Apple concentrate on adding functionalities to Siri (like "Find all e-mails from John") than coming up with "witty" answers like this one:

http://i.imgur.com/jXXbUVW.png

;)

Solomani
Jan 20, 2013, 07:23 AM
Hire the script/episode writers from Seinfeld. They needs jobs.

chrf097
Jan 20, 2013, 09:36 AM
Zunjine:

I bet you never worked at a real place with a real job before, and just knowing that your perspective is narrow minded, I wouldn't point out what you've been missing from the real world one to ten all together,

but I must to say one thing about the real world, there's priority in every tasks they have no matter how many different work in how many different type of work where they are involved in. There are always one or two things should be top of the list that the places or the government must pursuit that these things to be done prior to the other tasks they have.

For instance, the government don't need to support other country while they have serious problem domestically on their hands.

No one really would feel this way if their mother county is doing fine, but the problem is problem on their hands is bigger and unstoppable and that is the one thing they should resolve first instead of looking out for other problems internationally.

The only reason why the government care about other problem is related to the diplomacy, not for the humanity, if they really care about the people with that matter, the group of poor people, who will be living on a paradise.

Think yourself so smart by bringing up such as delicate subject, aren't you? People who feel that way is normal and they don't need to have your lack of understanding because that's how the people address about the problem they have, and if ever Apple or government abide by the prioritizing the problems what they have, people don't have to be reacted this way and gotten angry.

Please shake off your childish perspective before it gets you, and for the sake of arguments in the future, you should learn how to address how you feelings towards to the other opinion in an adequate way without worshiping only your idea is suitable for the society and pretend to be you are far better than people who feel that way.

You are so obtuse!

Nice way to derail the topic. He said that companies do more than one thing. That's the point. Also, because Apple has hired Siri writers, that makes that the #1 Priority? Please show me where Siri humor is at the top of the list?

charlituna
Jan 20, 2013, 10:24 AM
Siri had such huge potential, but even Apple doesn't take it seriously. When I saw it demoed I was so impressed. I do use it for reminders and some other tasks while I'm driving, but it doesn't offer anything the competition can't at this point.

And? Apple might not be trying to make something super special at this point. After all, who cares is it has AI that can make it seem like your best friend if the key systems are borked. Baby steps are sometimes best.

As for this position, if true it sounds more like an add on to the many engineers they have in the mix. Someone more of a creative type to think up natural language input folks might use and give back more natural replies. They know that folks like to prank Siri so why not include some appropriate replies. Better to have one person working on this than the key engineers who should be working in her reply times, search results etc.

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[Edit: I feel I need to qualify this response. My problem is that it feels like it's been a while since Apple wowed us with a bit of true innovation.

And how are they supposed to do that. Short of building the T-100, where is this innovation supposed to come from. Everything they would be doing would just be tweaking an existing thing.

Heck even building the t-100 would be true innovation since they didn't think it up but copied the idea from a movie (same with UI glasses, watches, TV walls etc. all from books, movies or TV shows)

Macrolido
Jan 20, 2013, 10:24 AM
I don't think Siri needs to be wittier. Every time I demonstrate him to friends or family, within seconds we are all crying with laughter!

Your post made my day, lol.

charlituna
Jan 20, 2013, 10:25 AM
Wait... I thought this position was already filled?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQj0uueIzAQ

That's Siri, this would be more like her Professor Higgins

charlituna
Jan 20, 2013, 10:58 AM
I said that a smartwatch type of devices is a good bet. This technology is still maturing and Apple will wait until it can do something that radically improves on the current smartwatch experience. I think maybe within the next two years we'll see an Apple branded wearable device of some sort.


Of we won't, for the same reasons we won't see an Apple ISP, cable company etc. Apple isn't trying to be all things to all people. Unlike companies like Samsung, Apple is happy to share the wealth and let some things stay in the hands of other folks. Especially niche things like UI glasses and watches.

Something like a TV they might do because that could just be an expansion on their display tech but otherwise, they leave the toasters, refrigerators etc to the rest of the world

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I thought perhaps I was the only one who didn't need Siri to be cute, or my friend. It's a piece of software, and I don't need, or want, it to be human-like,

By are you the majority or the minority? I'm guessing minority. For the majority, who are more common folks and common users, getting them to use Siri and thus add more samples to the database to improve Siri, being more human may be vital.

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The expectations from Apple are very high . Yet if you look at this list of innovations objectively- they have 4 major contributions in the last 20 years.

If you do the same with all other tech companies they look as bad, if not worse

However , the expectations from apple are very high because the came up with the iphone and the ipad in rapid succession within a span of 3 years when the competition was taken by surprise.

Not really that hard when they are basically the same thing

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Speaking of innovation, I read Ben Brook's "More Data Detector Please" (http://brooksreview.net/2013/01/data-detectors/) blog post last night. He proposes integrating Siri to voice calls, where Siri can listen in to detect and make a note of things like appointments, phone numbers, addresses, etc. And at the end of the call, I can review the summary to confirm individual actions.

Sounds cool but it is ripe for abuse and screaming from the privacy nuts. After all, for all we know those calls would be recorded and kept on some server for someone to review her performance. And who knows if it is truly anonymous in the sense there is no way even with a warrant to find out where something came from

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Thank goodness they are taking care of this before they update the MacPro.
Gotta have priorities.

Well yes, because there is only one team working on everything Apple does.

Oh wait, correct that. It's just Sir J. He does everything. He even builds all of it which is why supply is constrained. Those Chinese workers are just actors paid to cover up the truth

Zunjine
Jan 20, 2013, 03:11 PM
Of we won't, for the same reasons we won't see an Apple ISP, cable company etc. Apple isn't trying to be all things to all people. Unlike companies like Samsung, Apple is happy to share the wealth and let some things stay in the hands of other folks. Especially niche things like UI glasses and watches.

Something like a TV they might do because that could just be an expansion on their display tech but otherwise, they leave the toasters, refrigerators etc to the rest of the world[COLOR="#808080"]

While I tend to agree in principal, Apple will not go the Samsung way, I don't feel that AR glasses and smart watches are necessarily niche items. They certainly aren't like toasters and refrigerators. They are two very likely large parts of the post-PC computing era. They may be the smartphone and tablet of the next decade. Do you think Apple won't want a part of that?

We're talking here about how we will interact with our data, our media and information services in the future. We'll use smartphones, tablets and laptops of course. But surely our TVs and other devices, wearable electronics, will be part of that soon.

They may not be stand-alone devices like smartphones and tablets but they'll certainly be key technologies. If, in the future, your smartphone is largely controlled by a wearable devices - like a watch - and the output is primarily to some kind of head mounted devices through advanced AR, then Apple will want to be making those devices for one very important reason; controlling the user experience.

Apple is happy to allow partners to make non-essential peripherals. They're not competing with high end headphones or with printers. They aren't trying to make keyboards for their iPad - stuff like that. They see those as non-essential, tangental to the core user experience. But if we will primarily interact with our smartphones and tablets through wearable tech - if those become parts of the core experience, you can bet your bottom that Apple will be in that space. Otherwise they start to lose that relationship with the customer. Instead of us experiencing Apple when we use our tablets, we'll be experiencing the apps and interface as designed by whoever made our glasses or watch etc.

gnasher729
Jan 20, 2013, 04:56 PM
As for this position, if true it sounds more like an add on to the many engineers they have in the mix. Someone more of a creative type to think up natural language input folks might use and give back more natural replies. They know that folks like to prank Siri so why not include some appropriate replies. Better to have one person working on this than the key engineers who should be working in her reply times, search results etc.

I'd write a bit of software first, then create a list of the most asked questions (tell me a joke! is probably near the top of the list), have some lowly employee mark those that are "joke" questions where you don't really want the real answer, and hand them to a writer with a sense of humor. There aren't _that_ many joke questions, so with three months of work you'd get some impressive results.

SgtPepper12
Jan 21, 2013, 07:00 AM
Money well spent :rolleyes:

How about fix the most basic cockups first?

Temperature here is currently -3 CELSIUS. If I ask Siri what the temperature is in Fahrenheit it just repeats the 'witty' Celsius temperature by saying "Brr! its -3 outside.".

Basic little things like this really shouldn't take a few seconds to fix.
I'm glad to hear that Apple tries to teach Americans the superior metric system.

pooleman
Jan 21, 2013, 08:17 AM
George Lucas is free now!! He is a MASTER of witty dialogue.

Yeah, he could make Siri speak in Ewok.

I's rather have them hire some engineers to make Siri function correctly.

rmwebs
Jan 21, 2013, 09:17 AM
I'm glad to hear that Apple tries to teach Americans the superior metric system.

Given that I'm in the UK I dont see who that comment was really aimed at. For what its worth we use the metric system. Older generations however used the imperial system, so it would make sense for Siri to be able to tell you both on request.

SmileyBlast!
Jan 21, 2013, 11:58 AM
Looking forward to the results from the new team members.

b166er
Jan 21, 2013, 01:49 PM
And? Apple might not be trying to make something super special at this point.

That's exactly my point.

XboxMySocks
Jan 21, 2013, 03:09 PM
Thank goodness they are taking care of this before they update the MacPro.
Gotta have priorities.

It's such a shame that such a huge company like Apple can only work on one thing at a time, right?

Fresh Pie
Jan 22, 2013, 09:13 AM
If you can carry out a conversation with the current version of Siri, that says something horrible about your intelligence.

If you want to carry out a conversation with Siri, that says something worse about your social life.

rang
Jan 22, 2013, 11:49 AM
Really...they want to waste money on making the G_D DAMN wench more witty???!!!:mad:

How about take some of that money set aside for this stoooooopid effort and put it toward a huge effort in making it responsive to simple commands like dialing someone in my contact list???

I don't have an accent...no Jersey or Brooklyn or southern or midwest or Canadian accent here. No "eh" and the end of my sentences. Yet this dumb ass wench can't even respond correctly to a simple "Call Robert Smith on cell" command when he is the one and only Robert Smith in my contact list. And the damn room is quiet.

It was a good idea to fire the idiot in charge of Maps and Siri but COME ON...instead of hiring a leader in the field of speech recognition and or GIS...Apple is going to waste money on making the wench "WITTY"???

Seriously!!!:mad:

designs216
Jan 22, 2013, 05:57 PM
Should I have another margarita Siri? It's 5 o'clock somewhere, sir!