Monday, October 7, 2013

Tools, Gadgets, and Widgets - Siri

One of the fun toys with the iPhone is Siri, the personal assistant. Siri recognizes voice commands. She can send and read text and emails, find information on the Interwebs, remind you of appointments, tell you the weather. It's a nice feature if your sausage fingers don't always negotiate the touch screen key pad accurately but...

Siri needs to be trained to your voice commands and she doesn't always get it correct. The more you use the voice commands the quicker Siri will recognize what you mean.

The first time I asked Siri: Who is the fairest of them all? Siri thought I asked: Who is the fairest of the mall. Siri brought up links for Disney Stores featuring Snow White.

You can choose a male or female voice for Siri. You can tell Siri to call you by your nickname or a title like Your Serene Highness.

Siri isn't all business. The assistant has a sense of humor. The second time around my query: Who is the fairest of them all rewarded me with: Your Serene Highness, you are full fair 'tis true but...No, you're definitely the fairest of them all. Good answer, Siri.

Do you use an artificial intelligent, personal assistant? Would you?


  1. I would use personal assistant, artificial or real, just to carry my camera, umbrella, shopping, pick stuff up from the fact, how I manage without one is the question!

  2. I want a Siri that tells me I'm the fairest of them all:)

  3. Your Serene Highness!!!!!!!
    I WANT Siri, just to have someone call me that without laughing out loud! :D