Come on Siri!

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Italianblend, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Italianblend macrumors 68000

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    Siri, you are now over 3 years old. You still can't take simple directions. Shame on you, apple.

    I don't know how to be clearer than "remind me about office hours at 6:30 PM tonight."
     

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  2. joshforman macrumors regular

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    You've hit upon an edge case where the word "hours" in conjunction with the time phrase is throwing Siri off. Take out the word "hours", or the time, or change the order (" remind me at 6:30 PM about office hours") and it seems to work

    Also y' know, send feedback to Apple directly since they probably won't see it here
     
  3. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816

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    To be honest, it's hard for a 3 year old to follow directions.


    (on topic) I've had this happen to me before. It's all about how you phrase it, but I agree... You shouldn't have to word it a certain way for it to work.
     
  4. Italianblend thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure apple can program it so if you say an actual time, the word "hour" will go back to the subject.
     
  5. John T macrumors 68020

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    The "query" was quite ambiguous and lacking a specific answer. For example, 1. Is there something happening at 6.30 regarding office hours? or 2. Do you want to be reminded at 6.30 as to what the office hours are? Even a human, when asked this question would have to ask for clarification. The Siri response was therefore quite correct and logical.
     
  6. joshforman macrumors regular

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    Nope. Italianblend is fine to assume this should work. It's not Siri's job to provide any further information about that reminder when it comes. If he wants to remember something specific he can say that. However, clearly all he needed for his reminder was the phrase "office hours".


    If you think Siri understood the time phrase to be part of the reminder text, then it would've asked "when do you want to be reminded?"
     
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  8. Italianblend thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don't have programming experience, but in my uninformed opinion, here's what should have happened:

    "remind me about office hours at 6:30 PM tonight"

    Siri assigns the following:

    subject=Office Hours ("about" being the word that should trigger the next words to be assigned to the subject)

    Day=today (because I said tonight)

    time=6:30 PM (because that's what I said)

    I rephrased it twice and will attach pictures below.
     
  9. Italianblend thread starter macrumors 68000

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    One attempt
     

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  10. Italianblend thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Another attempt
     

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  11. HarryT macrumors 6502

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    Note that if you remove 'at' from this sentence it does actually set the reminder correctly.
     
  12. jmurp macrumors newbie

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    Agreed
     

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  13. Italianblend thread starter macrumors 68000

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    that's fine, but really, who "looks at" office hours? That is not a natural way to say it.
     
  14. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    So say "attend" or "visit."
     
  15. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    Your request is not grammatically correct- so how can Siri know??!!:rolleyes:
     
  16. jmurp macrumors newbie

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    Is this better?
     

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  17. daijholt macrumors 6502a

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    I had this problem frequently at first, but since the 7.1 beta started I haven't had it once.

    It's safe to say they fixed it, but I agree that in the first post, the request was clear enough that it should've worked.
     

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