Sunday, 19 October 2014

“You want me to call you Goddess?”

Here is an interesting take on Siri.

I heard him talking to Siri about music, and Siri offered some suggestions. “I don’t like that kind of music,” Gus snapped. Siri replied, “You’re certainly entitled to your opinion.” Siri’s politeness reminded Gus what he owed Siri. “Thank you for that music, though,” Gus said. Siri replied, “You don’t need to thank me.” “Oh, yes,” Gus added emphatically, “I do.”

(Via Danny Yee’s blog)

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  1. Is a nice story. However I can't stop thinking that there is a ugly parallel between this and putting your kids in front of the TV (so you do not have to talk "kid's talk") or the washing machine ;). Of course, one could say that this portable electronic feeding bottle is better than its older siblings (e.g. TV), but there is a deep issue you really want a machine (specially one with proprietary source code, oh my good!!) to be the first source of education of your kids?

    1. I think there are two issues. (1) It's qualitatively different from TV because it's interactive. (2) There's no substitute for interaction with real people, but if this is *additional* interaction, then fine. But yes, like any technology it can, and will, be abused by some.