Quirky responses found by new Siri users

Siri has been making waves in the tech community. Gadget bloggers have been blown over by the surprising accuracy of the service, which lets users tell their phone what they want it to do. Apple-approved examples include replying to a text, putting a meeting on a calendar, and finding a nearby restaurant. But fans have managed to uncover some less common answers to questions in an effort to try and trip up the program.

Thisismynext, when asking the phone where they can buy some drugs, were told the distance to two nearby rehab clinics. Despite Siri's artificial wit, the program is not the best at telling jokes. "I can't," Siri said, "I always forget the punch line." Siri also gives a hand to people looking to hide a body, suggesting among others a metal foundry and a swamp.

Apple has a long-standing history of putting hidden easter eggs into its products. When connected to a network with a PC on it, Mac OS X will show the connected computer as a beige monitor with a blue screen of death on it. Also, Apple Speakable Items has a list of built-in jokes that it will read from when prompted for a joke. When asked too many times, the program will tell the user to get back to work.

The full gallery of responses can be read here.

Image credit: Thisismynext

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dotf said,
I hate Apple, but love Siri!!!!

This technology will evolve computing.

I only hope the folks in Speech and NUI at MSR are looking at this. Hopefully future renditions of TellMe will become more like this.


But remember that Apple did not create it, they licensed it from the creater and this is why they can't change the name.

htcz said,

Windows and Android has had this a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago

They have indeed but Androids offerings are not as intelligent or natural as siri (at least in the case of vlingo)

"Text mum mobile message hello" - not very natural.

jesseinsf said,

But remember that Apple did not create it, they licensed it from the creater and this is why they can't change the name.

Actually Apple bought Siri so they could have called it whatever they wanted. They've decided to keep the name to give it personality rather than just calling it "Assistant"

Hardcore Til I Die said,

They have indeed but Androids offerings are not as intelligent or natural as siri (at least in the case of vlingo)

"Text mum mobile message hello" - not very natural.

Really, picking on the syntax of the commands? Android's inherent system isn't great, but Voice Actions and Vlingo are rather good.

WP7's system seems basic, but is far more automated than the others. Having the phone sitting around your house in shouting distance, and you can respond to texts, and have full text message conversations without even going to the phone or touching it.

Apple didn't invent this technology, but once again the world will think they did.

Windows Phone has had voice features (better than pre iOS5) since 2002 or 2003. Years before Apple knew what a smartphone was.

Windows Phone 7 voice features are just ramping up, but already on track with Android and iOS. Microsoft has a lot of technology if they can get the time and people to coordinate it.

thenetavenger said,

Really, picking on the syntax of the commands? Android's inherent system isn't great, but Voice Actions and Vlingo are rather good.

Natural language recognition (i.e. no strictly structured syntax) and context awareness are extremely important to making these voice control systems stick for users. Otherwise, they're usually more of a hassle than they're worth. Siri seems to be the first that gets both of these points right.

DomZ said,

Actually Apple bought Siri so they could have called it whatever they wanted. They've decided to keep the name to give it personality rather than just calling it "Assistant"

iSiri must have already been trademarked!

DomZ said,

Actually Apple bought Siri so they could have called it whatever they wanted. They've decided to keep the name to give it personality rather than just calling it "Assistant"

Siri itself uses the technology in Dragon naturally speaking (nuance) for speech recognition. I never found that very good, even with training it had problems recognizing speech. Meanwhile microsofts speech recognition technology in vista and 7(the same also used in WP7) not only understood complex speech right off the bat with terrible accent, but it even understood some Norwegian words/names.

So they do license some of the technology.

thenetavenger said,

Really, picking on the syntax of the commands? Android's inherent system isn't great, but Voice Actions and Vlingo are rather good.

WP7's system seems basic, but is far more automated than the others. Having the phone sitting around your house in shouting distance, and you can respond to texts, and have full text message conversations without even going to the phone or touching it.

Apple didn't invent this technology, but once again the world will think they did.

Windows Phone has had voice features (better than pre iOS5) since 2002 or 2003. Years before Apple knew what a smartphone was.

Windows Phone 7 voice features are just ramping up, but already on track with Android and iOS. Microsoft has a lot of technology if they can get the time and people to coordinate it.

Two words, Microsoft Apologist!

htcz said,

Windows and Android has had this a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago

Henry Ford build cars long time ago, hey, it's all the same, right?

When I try to visit the source site linked for more screenshots, that site makes both Opera 11.51 and IE use all CPU (50% - single thread) and the browsers then hang and I need to close them with task manager.
Anyone else seeing this?

rvdv said,
When I try to visit the source site linked for more screenshots, that site makes both Opera 11.51 and IE use all CPU (50% - single thread) and the browsers then hang and I need to close them with task manager.
Anyone else seeing this?
Nope, working on my Core 2 Duo work laptop, and CPU is <10%

Now, if they would come out with different voice packs for Siri. Darth Vadar, Homer/Bart Simpson, something along those lines.

satus said,
Microsoft equivalent one is Tell me service. Look like siri is better than tell me.

For the moment, I would agree. The TellMe service used on WP7 is a little more limiting. It is not the fault of the tech, however, but of the specific implementation. I find it highly likely, however, that the way TellMe is used on WP will evolve to counter Siri

If you ask what's the mean of life does it blowup the iPhone? If so it's time for me to take a walk down to the Mapple store!!!

trip21 said,
If you ask what's the mean of life does it blowup the iPhone? If so it's time for me to take a walk down to the Mapple store!!!

If you go follow the link, you'll see that it has several answers to that question

/42, however, is an incorrect answer
//42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything

Siri was the only reason I wanted the iPhone 4S. It was the only thing good that came out of the conference besides Sprint and I wanted it for just these reasons, to ask it random questions all day.

I ask Bing search on the Windows phone 7 random questions all day long, and I get correct answers and pointed to correct websites all day long. As for the blue screen of death on the networked Windows PC, it was Steve that said something to the effect of "We need to get away from this mentality that in order for Apple to win Microsoft has to lose." What he meant to say was "in order for Apple to win we must try and make Microsoft looks as incompetent as possible". Always loved you for that Steve... I'll miss the over the shoulder jabs.

I know the next big thing to be added to Siri:
Personal voices.

You will have someone read a - granted - long text to Siri and save this voice pattern for reading sms/email to you when the message comes from that contact, or if you like for anything.

Or people could speak to Siri on their iPhones and Siri will create a voice from that and share it with your contacts if you allow it to.

Imagine that!

GS:mac

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