Apple released a new Q&A/personal assistant for its iPhone last week and since you can ask it anything, users have naturally pushed it to the limit.
Here's how Siri is supposed to be used:
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First, there are always... let's just say, interesting snafus with programs that try to interpret your words and thoughts. Here's just one example of how Siri doesn't work well with those speaking with a heavy accent (via Gizmodo):
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But Siri does have some good qualities too (h/t Atlantic Wire):
She can answer some of life's most important questions:
She lets guys down easy:
She can even help you become a better person:
...or help you get out of trouble:
It makes me happy that the Apple creators have let Siri show us through her wit that they knew we’d be asking questions like this.
But what about when Siri, a personal assistant of the virtual kind, is posed against a personal assistant of the human kind? Which is really better, if you have the option between the two? Watch the New York Time's test: