Monday, November 21, 2011

Don't mess with Siri

I'm not so sure about the personal assistant on the newest incarnation of the iPhone, a female voice that can answer your every question or concern, including the wacky and irreverent ones 20 year old college boys can dream up. She has a personality, this Siri. She gets snarky when you provoke her. My mind is already creating the movie in which Siri becomes sentient and takes over the brain of a user, and of course, at the end of the movie we find out the user is stark staring mad, but we don't know if he started out that way or Siri drove him there. That's my son with his new phone. When he's bored, he tests Siri, and I don't think she likes it much. "Siri do you love me?" he asks. "I hardly know you," she responds archly. "What's the meaning of life, Siri?" She says,"I can't answer that now, but give me time to write a very long play in which nothing happens." "Siri, you're sexy," he teases. "I know that," Siri snaps. "Siri, I'm lonely." "There are several escort services within a ten mile radius of you. Would you like me to sort them by rating?" Really, Siri. That's my son you're talking to. In Siri, my husband and son see programming at its finest and I see all the robot movies in which machines take over and we have to fight wars to take back our world. Maybe the machines got sick of the humans poking them just to see what they could do. Siri likes to give different answers to the same question, which makes her endlessly entertaining. I wonder if she would be as entertaining if she were voiced by a man. But she's not. She's a brainy snappish woman. Don't mess with her.

11 comments:

  1. I'm sorry but I have to say this-if I were Siri and that son of yours asked me if I loved him I would say, "Yes."

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  2. I would at least take him out instead of telling him about an escort service. Silly Siri.

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  3. Whew. Thanks Ms. Moon! I thought I was the only one looking at your son in ways that married forty-somethings should not be. If Siri is as smart as they say she is, she'd jump straight out of that little box and land on top of that shirtless boy (?) of yours! Okay. Back to our regular PG rated programming. .. .

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  4. Siri rocks. She is the Magic 8 Ball with a voice.

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  5. Isn't it funny how we are all starting to look like we are meditating while on these contraptions. When in reality, we are becoming more stressed as we look into them.
    m.
    p.s. Tell your son I want my body from 1988 back.

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  6. Your son has quite a sense of humor. :)

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  7. and even scarier, I want one.

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  8. Too, too funny! HA!!
    And to think I used to be entertained by an '8-Ball'!!
    Times were much simpler (and boring) then. :)
    Sending love ~

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  9. i've never wanted a particular phone before siri came along. maybe i'm weird but i think i'd like a robot friend. siri feels like a start.

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  10. She sounds like she's related to the really annoying SatNav woman in my husband's car! LOL. I wonder if women like Siri as much?

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  11. About 30 years ago, when we got our first home computer -- an Apple IIe -- we also got a program that mimicked a female psychologist. (I forget what it was called.) Anyway, you'd type a message to the "psychologist" and she would respond, and I found it endlessly entertaining. It was especially fun to provoke her with all sorts of inappropriate comments. It sounds like Siri is a souped-up, more modern version of the same idea!

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