Woz: Siri's gone downhill since Apple purchased it

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has never been one to shy away from blunt criticism of his former company. In a recent interview, he continued sharing his honest opinions about Apple by stating Siri was a better service before the tech giant purchased it.

In a video interview Times Union, a New York newspaper, Wozniak said he preferred Siri as an app before Apple bought the technology. The former Apple programmer said the technology was largely unknown by the general public, although it was a far better product than it currently is. "Siri was the greatest program," Wozniak said in the interview. "I couldn't talk one of my friends into getting Siri. My wife's the only one that wound up getting it eventually. And then Apple bought Siri, and the day they bought Siri it started [getting worse]."

Wozniak gave multiple examples of how the service has become more business-based, providing answers pertaining to popular businesses and products instead of answering the actual questions users pose. When asking Siri for the prime numbers after 87, for instance, the service used to respond with a series of prime numbers following 87; now, the service gives answers relating to "prime rib," Wozniak said. 

Siri was originally a company founded in 2007 by an independent group before selling itself and its technology to Apple in 2010. The company first released its voice control technology as an app in the iOS app store. Siri also planned to port the technology to other mobile platforms, including Android and Blackberry, although those plans were scrapped after Apple purchased the company.

Source: Mashable

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Gaurav Agrawal said,
Also, 91 (13 X 7) is NOT a prime number...

I was just transcribing what he said in the video. Edited the article to make more sense.

Miuku. said,
What has Wozniak done in the last 20 years?

**** all.

You mean besides being a philanthropist and all the things he has done in support of education?

drazgoosh said,
Well the "censorship" of some things by Siri hasn't helped.
E.g. The whole Lumia 900 being the best phone thing.

No. That's simply not censorship and you need to learn what censorship is.

"Best" is subjective. It could say that the Kin is the best and it'd still be right cause its an opinion! And in Apple's opinion iPhone is best, thus they're right to make it say that.

andrewbares said,

No. That's simply not censorship and you need to learn what censorship is.

"Best" is subjective. It could say that the Kin is the best and it'd still be right cause its an opinion! And in Apple's opinion iPhone is best, thus they're right to make it say that.

The reason I wrote it as "censorship" was because I knew censorship wasn't the right word, but was hoping people would know what I meant by it, as I couldn't find the right word to use.

Also I never said the Lumia 900 is the "best", I was referring to the whole situation where Siri, using Wolfram Alpha, said that the Lumia 900 was the "best phone ever"

andrewbares said,

No. That's simply not censorship and you need to learn what censorship is.

"Best" is subjective. It could say that the Kin is the best and it'd still be right cause its an opinion! And in Apple's opinion iPhone is best, thus they're right to make it say that.


But it's designed to use internet results and Apple "fixed" the results because they didn't like them. That IS censorship and likely is negatively impacting the service.

M_Lyons10 said,

But it's designed to use internet results and Apple "fixed" the results because they didn't like them. That IS censorship and likely is negatively impacting the service.

No it's not. Siri is designed to give you ANSWERS. Some may come from the internet but some certainly cant.

If what you said was true, then asking "What's your name?" Would probably turn up search results about baby names or the meanings of names.

What apple did is 100% justified and nearly ANYONE would do the same with their own product.

When you ask a Jew "what's the best religion?" They don't answer "Christianity" because it's very popular. They answer Judiasm. Same with apple.

You're delusional if you think this is an any way censorship...

andrewbares said,

No it's not. Siri is designed to give you ANSWERS. Some may come from the internet but some certainly cant.

If what you said was true, then asking "What's your name?" Would probably turn up search results about baby names or the meanings of names.

What apple did is 100% justified and nearly ANYONE would do the same with their own product.

When you ask a Jew "what's the best religion?" They don't answer "Christianity" because it's very popular. They answer Judiasm. Same with apple.

You're delusional if you think this is an any way censorship...

just because everyone is doing it, doesn't mean it's not censorship. lol.

andrewbares said,

You're delusional if you think this is an any way censorship...

Why don't you go live in North Korea where the answer to anything is that they're leaders are the best and that the rest of the world is terrible? That is censorship. Blocking information, just so that you seem better than the competition.

sam232 said,
Does anyone really care what this guy says anymore?

Well it seems to have you all bothered so I guess so.

TRC said,

Well it seems to have you all bothered so I guess so.

Its really bizarre that you came to that conclusion from my post, are you sure you are right in the head?

I just asked Siri "What are the prime numbers after 87" and it gave me a list of prime numbers after 87...

That being said, I'm sure it is more geared towards guiding people towards consumer stuff. And it is far more likely that someone would ask Siri where to get something to eat than asking for prime numbers.

Shadrack said,
I just asked Siri "What are the prime numbers after 87" and it gave me a list of prime numbers after 87...

Via a WolframAlpha results card or a Google search?

Shadrack said,

WolframAlpha

What does Woz's other example question ("What are the 5 largest lakes in California?") result in? For me, they both result in Siri prompting for a Google search. Weird.

I'm honestly not surprised. Apple has made a business out of buying companies and making their stuff "pretty". In this case they had to do technical work on a service and technology that they bought, but didn't really understand...

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