Siri thinks I am my own mother. Eeeek!

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  1. TazG macrumors newbie

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    Hi there!

    Every time I ask Siri to call my mother (or "mom"), she tries to call ME instead (insert Sigmond Freud joke here). I've removed and re-added the relationship on my contact card. I've confirmed that my card has been selected as "My Info" in Siri's preferences. I've restarted and rebooted. Short of doing a complete re-install, I have no idea what to try next.

    Any suggestions?

    Side note: having Siri tell me that I am my own mother is one of the more disturbing interactions I've ever had with a computer.

    -Taz
     
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Enunciate more carefully. I had a similar issue with confusion between calling "home" and "mom". I changed "mom" in my contacts to "mother".
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I believe you can tell Siri to call you whatever you want, so you can do that and tell Siri to call you <something> so that when you ask for "mother" or "mom" it doesn't associate it with you. Alternatively and similarly I believe you can tell Siri that a certain contact is your mother so that it would learn that, so you can try that instead or as well.
     
  5. TazG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, JoeBlow7777! Unfortunately, there's no issue with enunciation (I record voice overs on the side), and I've tried "mother" and "Mom" in the contacts. "Mom" never works. "Mother" works about 40% of the time. So frustrating.

    Hi Relentless Power! Are you suggesting I delete and reprogram my own card or my mother's? Thanks!

    Thanks C DM! Good idea! I just tried your first idea. No luck there. And, Siri already knows my mom is "mom" and "mother" (the info is already programmed on my contact card). That's why Siri's mistake is so strange. On a side note, it has no problem with my dad. :)
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Does your contact share any information with your mother's contact (a phone number or email address or anything else)?
     
  7. TazG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope. Checked that. I don't even appear in a related names field.
     
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Have you asked Siri, "Who is my mom/mother?" It should bring up their contact card. If it doesn't, the problem may start there.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Apologies in advance, I just couldn't resist:
     
  10. TazG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I asked it both versions, and Siri got it right both times, correctly identifying my mom.
     
  11. DarkExistence Suspended

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    You sure you aren't your own mother?
     
  12. JohnApples macrumors 65816

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    Do you say "Call *my* mother/mom"? Have you tried omitting the 'my' and just saying "call mom"?
     
  13. TazG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't think so, but I do like taxidermy and run a small roadside motel.
     
  14. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    I'm sorry I know this problem is a huge pain in the butt for you but it's been an amusing thread.

    It reminded me of this story I used to read to the kids:

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  15. TazG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wouldn't this be more appropriate?

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    --- Post Merged, Aug 30, 2016 ---
    Just tried that for the first time. No luck. Sad face.
     
  16. sawah macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have anyone using your iCloud, like kids if you have any that might have a contact called mom which would be you? Weird I know but worth a shot.
     
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    That sounds vaguely like an Alfred Hitchcock story premise. Very creepy like that old scary story standard: "And then Daisy realized the killer was calling her from inside the house."

    I was just over on the latest Planet of the Apps thread and I think someone should show this thread to Will.I.Am and Eddy Cue and I bet they could make another show about this and work Gwyneth Paltrow in somehow. She's blonde and Hitchcock liked casting blondes, so it would continue a tradition.

    Clearly I have had too much internets for the day. I'm vacationing with my husband's family. I think I've lost what's left of my mind as a result. :D
     
  18. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    This thread is awesome. Just wanted to leave this here. :D:D:D
     
  19. sawah macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure why it sounds weird. My kids used to back up to my iCloud. And they had contacts called mom. Not sure how a mistake couldn't happen and those could end up on your phone. Not really Alfred Hitchcock like lol.
     
  20. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    I was pretty insane at that point. I love my in laws but two weeks with everybody in a small space. I'm easygoing and it's all more fun than it sounds but still...:confused::eek:
     

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