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8/24/2015
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Comic: When Siri Hates You

You put your life in the hands of your phone every day.

Thought about downloading Cortana instead? Maybe Siri will get jealous.

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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zerox203
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8/31/2015 | 10:27:55 AM
Comic: When Siri Hates You
We've heard a little about how Amazon's smart buttons automatically detect and cancel obviously erroneous purchases (like 100 bottles of laundry detergent). Dave suggested a future where AIs like Echo and Siri automatically detect drunken speech to prevent us doing stupid things, or strained speech to detect medical emergencies. There are a few privacy issues there and, of course, a lot of technological hurdles to overcome, but with the amount people already rely on these early digital assistants, it's not too hard to imagine.
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8/27/2015 | 8:05:27 PM
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@kstaron   That's funny !  As an android user, I don't think Siri is allowed on that platform, maybe the voice I hear is her distant cousin or something because it is always telling me to head into that traffic jam, but is surprising reasonable when I refuse to do it !
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8/27/2015 | 2:28:23 PM
a reliance issue
Wait, you mean it could get worse? It already tells me to turn right, when the turn is alread slightly behind me. it's amazing I'm alive to type this. I suppose this could be a morality tale of relying too much on tech.
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8/26/2015 | 4:55:07 PM
Re: When we all feel that way

Exactly! Kids at a young age don't fully understand the closed end questioning involved in AI so it is hysterical. It reminds me of the crazy 8 ball when I was a kid--we thought it could really tell you the truth! The idea that all of Siri is built in lines of code that access knowledge bases of predetermined answers would take so much of the fun out of it! My daughter loved Big hero six and even sleeps with a stuffed Baymax its the same principle except he's cuter than Siri!

Susan Fourtané
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8/26/2015 | 3:24:44 PM
Re: When we all feel that way
impactnow, how interesting. :) You probably learn a lot also from your daughter's questions. Schools teach about AI , but I am not sure at what level. AI is one of the things your daughter's generation is going to live with, so they need to start getting familiar with simple AI like SIri, for example. -Susan
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8/26/2015 | 3:10:54 PM
Re: When we all feel that way
I think it's probably way more fun using Siri with a child since most of these personal assistants were designed with backends that are better suited to how an adult speaks.  Kids also tend to get super excited when interacting with AI technology, so the results are often much funnier than when an adult tries to use the interface.
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8/25/2015 | 2:46:29 PM
Re: When we all feel that way

Susan my daughter is nine and thinks it's great when we ask Siri a factual question and she provides and answer. The idea of AI is not really understood by someone that young so she asks Siri multi-level questions on occasion or personal preferences and yields comical answers, she thinks its hysterical. So for her Siri is part educator part comedian.

For me I do occaisionally ask Siri questions that she cannot answer but its more of understanding how to ask questions and get answers.

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8/25/2015 | 1:39:02 PM
Re: When we all feel that way
Siri makes me want to go to speech therapy to learn how to annunciate better when I see how she interprets what I thought I said :)
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8/25/2015 | 7:20:48 AM
Re: When we all feel that way
impactnow, maybe you want to share what your daughter does? :) I haven't really had any problems with SIri. In fact, I enjoy our conversations quite a lot. -Susan
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8/25/2015 | 7:17:12 AM
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I totally agree that false positives should be used to teach Siri to become smarter. Perhaps in a similar way to how the Akinator has over the years become far better at finding people that users have guessed. 
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