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Remember the movie, “Her”, with the disembodied voice of Scarlett Johansson? For iPhone users, SIRI is a part of our everyday lives. We can ask SIRI to find a restaurant but don’t ask her if she loves you. SIRI is all business and the relationship will never get past friendship.
Did you know that SIRI stands for “Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface” ?
Now that you know her full name and not just some impersonal initials, let’s listen in to some hilarious SIRI responses to some deep topics.
If your question is, “SIRI, why did Apple make you?” SIRI’s response may be, “Apple doesn’t tell me everything”.
If you tell SIRI, “Repeat after me!” , she might come back with the retort, ” I am an intelligent assistant but not a parrot with beautiful plumage.”
If you admit that you missed something and say,” I didn’t understand it, SIRI.” She might reach out with the apology, “ I’m sorry, give me another chance.” Don’t you wish that people in your family would use that line?
Ask SIRI, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Don’t be surprised if she quizzically replies, “Snow White, is that you?”
Your quip to SIRI such as, “Surely you can’t be serious” might encourage the response, ”I am serious and don’t call me Shirley.”
In case you are really curious, ask SIRI , “How much wood could a wood chuck chuck?” Of course, she will tell you, “42 cords”.
If you are so impressed with SIRI and say, ”SIRI you’re the best!” She might respond, “I’m putting myself to the fullest possible use which I think any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” Shouldn’t we all reach our full potential?
Bid SIRI good night by saying, “Sleep well, SIRI.” She might comfort you and say, ”Yes, I shall endeavor to relax my system functions in a peaceful manner. I wish only the same for you.”
In the end, does contemplating philosophy with SIRI supersede a rumbling stomach? Just have the nerve to ask SIRI, “What came first, the chicken or the egg? “. She will probably say, “I found 16 restaurants near you that mention chicken and eggs”.
(Inspired by Blob-OSX Daily, Dec. 29, 2013)
Marlene Schoenberg, Ed.M. ccc/sp is a speech/language pathologist and accent expert who is the founder of Ethnic Communication Arts and provides Accent Wisdom Coaching for scientists, engineers and executives at corporations around the U.S. She speaks nationally on the the topics: Understanding Accented Speakers, Cultural Sea Cruise, Differential Diagnosis between ESL and Speech Therapy Issues in Asian Adults , Returning to Work After Aphasia, and Speech Recognition Errors in Medical Records. Marlene holds a B.A. in Speech from the City College of N.Y., a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Boston University and an Adult ESL teaching Certificate from Hamline University. She has been a member of NSA for many years.