Siri Updated to Respond to Long Questions With Quotes on Brevity

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has quietly given Siri the ability to answer user responses with quotes, citing famous passages from notable people like William Strunk and Thomas Jefferson. First noticed by iLounge, the quotes are used when Siri is asked a question that is excessively long, tactfully reminding the user of the value of brevity.

    When Siri is given a request that is too lengthy, she will now respond with one of several different quotes that suggest that the user shorten the question. For example, one quote from Thomas Jefferson reads, "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."

    Siri has a range of different quotes in her repertoire, including one from the 1970's television show MASH.

    It is unknown when the change to Siri was implemented, but a Reddit thread from last week appears to contain the first known instance of the phrasing, suggesting that Siri's new quoting ability was added within the last week or two.

    Article Link: Siri Updated to Respond to Long Questions With Quotes on Brevity
  2. robjulo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2010
  3. jonAppleSeed macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2013
    Instead of updating Siri to understand long senescence, they instead make her more quirky. Nice!
  4. Supermacguy macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2008
    I'd rather that Siri could understand my long questions and simply be able to answer them with some semblance of comprehension of what I wanted. Is it so hard to give me directions when I ask for "show me the map to SoAndSo's work address?" Because I've had the give me totally non useful responses. Siri, IMO, still needs a lot of work to be moderately useful. I don't want to have to learn a new way to talk to my computer, my computer should be able to listen to me. What's going on in those Apple data centers anyways? By now Siri should be a friggin expert on all kind of questions, long and short!
  5. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010

    Google's voice search is years ahead of Siri (isn't it STILL in 'beta' :rolleyes:).
  6. Macdick macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008

    Siri is useless I never use it, from 10 questions-9 times I can search web for it
  7. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    I can Google for help over dial-up faster than Siri can answer my questions.

    It's been in beta since 2011. Why can't Apple make it faster?

    Google's voice search seemed to come out of no where and is way better than Siri, already.
  8. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    make her multilingual. siri is utterly useless in german always trying to match stuff like english song titles to a german word.

    Justin Timberlake becomes "Kerstin Kimbernweg" for example :confused::rolleyes:

    needless to say i turned siri off cuz the only time i really used siri was hitting the stupid mic button during class by mistake ^^
  9. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Understandable but the problem with humans is, they talk too much. Many times I completely ignore a post that is laden with endless text. Siri and Google voice are only suppose to assist simple questions, not address soliloquies. :)
  10. TouchYourHead macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2008
    After this piece of news, Siri receives many long questions.
  11. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    It kills me how much better Google Now is on iOS. Siri is just embarrassing at this point.

    At least Apple maps has improved. Siri seems like a bigger debacle than that. Siri has to improve in iOS 7. It's pretty much useless now, just the butt of jokes.
  12. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    GV is years ahead? LOL.
  13. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Why didn't they just make Siri respond to long sentences?
  14. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Exactly my point from post #9. :D
  15. SmileyBlast! macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    I see it as a good way to train the Siri user base even as they remind us to use some mental focus.
    Apple is not Google. They don't have 100s of 1000s of servers at their disposal. I guess they could but they don't.
  16. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I thought the point of Siri was that it was better at conversational understanding. Apparently they've given up on that?
  17. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    woohoo !! I've been waiting for this update for so long !! Man.

  18. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
  19. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    I really don't understand comments like this.

    Just because it's a little bit quicker, and has slightly better voice recognition, people are making over-the-top statements like this.

    In my experience, Siri answers a much broader range of questions, gives far more comprehensive and in-depth answers (à la Wolfram alpha), has better natural-language processing, and has some nice easter eggs in it.

    I value those more than slightly faster response times and slightly better voice recognition.
  20. theheadguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2005
    Ridiculous. Not everyone has a short attention span. I read long posts, books even. Siri and Google's voice recognition adapt to humans, not the other way around. Good luck with the future of Siri by requiring people to dumb everything down to 'simple questions'.
  21. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Relax, enjoy some sun and have a great day. :)
  22. FoodSnob macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2013
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    After three years of daily viewing, I am finally de-lurking.

    I started getting these responses from Siri last week, not to questions, but rather when I am trying to use Siri to send texts. Extremely frustrating. I never use Siri for questions because Google smokes Siri in that department.
  23. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    Getting an answer with a quote can be either illuminating or irritating.

    In this case, it's both, as all you get is a quote and no actual answer
  24. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
  25. Simplicated, May 14, 2013
    Last edited: May 14, 2013

    Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Don't think so. Yes it's faster, but the fact that there's a vast variety of things you can ask Siri about easily trumps Google Voice Search.

    But, still, Apple can do better than just asking the user to rephrase the question...

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