How Apple Approached Developing Siri's Personality

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    Many readers are now enjoying some of the quirkier responses coming from Siri, Apple's intelligent assistant built into the iPhone 4S. The Wall Street Journal spoke with one of the co-founders of the original Siri and how they approached instilling Siri with personality:
    According to a different person who actually worked at Apple on the Siri project, 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.

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    The Siri group is said to be one of the largest software teams at Apple and the crafted responses are to try to forge an emotional tie to customers. MacRumors forum readers are posting their favorite responses in this discussion thread.

    Siri launched as an exclusive feature for the iPhone 4S and allows users to speak questions and requests directly to their iPhone.

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    Siri is neat, I still have some hard time talking to it. Maybe due my heavy accent. But I think this is a game changer. Once this feature keep developing, it might take this to higher grounds. Good job Apple!
     
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    I like the humor Apple gave Siri :)

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  5. liavman, Oct 15, 2011
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    I think they keep adding to the set of possible responses to questions like 'What is the meaning of life'. I see more and more varied responses as more and more people ask that question.

    But Apple SIRI team has access to everything. What people are asking and in what way. So, this personality will also develop as time goes by, since they can tweak it. They can also evolve it as the world around us changes and new cultural norms develop.

    One thing they do not have is the feedback mechanism. What are people's reactions to SIRI's output at each instance? Even a small sample of feedback is just enough.

    Like SIRI says something funny, the feedback is 'Siri, that is pretty cool'. Or 'that is disgusting'. Or 'you do not know anything. you are dumb'..whatever... That will be a treasure. But currently there is no conversational way to provide that feedback to SIRI. That is a bit unfortunate. In real world, that feedback is what helps people evolve a personality.

    There is still a UI way. After the SIRI response, before the next touch of the Mic, whatever the user says right away can be treated as that feedback. But SIRI has to be listening at that point. I do not think it does currently. But that can be changed.
     
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    They should merge Siri with Cleverbot.
     
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    No, they definitely shouldn't. Despite Cleverbot's name, it's actually dumb as a brick.
     
  8. Vegasman, Oct 15, 2011
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    Well, at least for now they have feedback... it's all over the internet :)
     
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    I have found Siri to be amazingly accurate and fun to play with, but can see it will be a very useful tool - much better than the voice commands of the previous generation.

    Siri does not speak Spanish and that's where the real fun comes in. I asked Siri in Spanish where the Chivas of Guadalajara play fútbol and the response was to identify a bubblegum factory, but it got the city right!
     
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    It's funny and all, but it all still feels scripted.

    What matters is how Siri performs when you're in rush hour traffic, experiencing road rage and you need a taco fix.
     
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    You can change the language that siri speaks.
     
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    Siri's neat, but still lacking a in music control IMO. I like to listen to entire albums by an artist. For the previous voice control and sadly for Siri as well, I have to know the exact name of an album and hope it's unique among album names on my iPod.

    What I want is "Play an album by Foo Fighters" and a response to be "Which album? Foo Fighters, The Colour and the Shape, There Is Nothing Left to Lose,...." then "That one!"
     
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    I have been really impressed with Siri. Last night Siri blew me away when I said "Add oatmeal to my groceries note". I felt certain Siri wouldn't have any idea what I meant. A second later Siri says okay and pops up my already existing grocery list in notes and adds Oatmeal on a new line at the end of the list ... I was stunned.
     
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    Siri is my favorite feature of the 4S

    Love my new 4S for many reasons. But Siri has made the phone "fun" and truly a conversation piece. Seeing it in action has raised a lot of eyebrows for would be naysayers.
     
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    When I tell Siri to get me a hooker, it shows a list of local escort companies.

    Funny huh? That's the first thing I impress people with. :p
     
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    Siri says

    I put a site together quick, http://iactuallysaid.com, to collect all this stuff, I submitted a couple to *****irisays and that guy never put them up. So I figured it'd be fun to collect them all without a gateway.
     
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    When I asked it said "please don't make me" :|
     
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    Oh how I wish Siri would would on my iPhone 4 that I just got in July. I really can't justify spending $649 for an unlocked 4s from Apple just for this.

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    My personal favourite " I need to dump a body ..." :D :D
     
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    Very jealous of people getting to use and enjoy Siri. Damn AT&T and their resistance to allowing me upgrade 2 months early!!!:(:p
     
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    My first encounter with this kind of "artificial intelligence" was maybe 25 years ago, playing one of the interactive text games from Infocom. You'd give simple commands to your character or to a robot you were controlling or whatever, to navigate and interact with the imaginary environment, e.g. "GO NORTH" "PICK UP SWORD" "GO TO CARGO BAY" "OPEN BOOK". At one point, getting frustrated with a puzzle I was having trouble solving, I typed "GO TO HELL". The computer replied, "WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU AREN'T ALREADY THERE?" I nearly died laughing.

    Siri is really just doing the same thing, but with voice recognition.
     
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    Funny...

    My 7 year old daughter started saying that Siri is "kind of rude" after Siri told her "I don't do knock knock jokes". :D
     
  24. APlotdevice, Oct 15, 2011
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    Tricorder? Uh, apparently Siri isn't a real trek fan. :rolleyes:


    EDIT: And neither are a majority of people on this forum I guess. Not that this post was meant to be taken seriously. It was just a little tongue-in-cheek for the nerdier folks who know their communicators from their tricorders.
     
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    What're you talking about? A tricorder definitely is a star trek thing.
     

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