Siri Can Be Funny Too

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Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, has been the highlight of the iPhone 4S launch. Not just because it’s very sophisticated and can make stuff easy for you, but because it’s funny. As David Pogue said, it’s entirely possible that a bunch of Hollywood joke writers, camped up in Apple’s North Carolina data center, are coming up with the funny responses Siri has in store for iPhone 4S users.

This Is My Next’s Joshua Topolsky experimented quite a bit with Siri early on when he reviewed the iPhone 4S, and needless to say discovered a number of funny responses.

After the iPhone 4S went on sale to the public, Siri’s humor became widely known with multiple screenshots of Siri’s funny responses doing the rounds on Twitter. It went onto become viral, and even got the Tumblr treatment every meme gets.

WSJ spoke to one of Siri’s co founders about the quirky side of Siri:

“There were many conversations within the team about whether it should be gender neutral” or “should have an ‘attitude,’ ” said Mr. Winarsky, who didn’t go to Apple, and still works at SRI. The result, before the software was bought by Apple, was “occasionally a light attitude,” he said.

Apple also worked on adding some humor into Siri, according to the WSJ article:

When Apple began integrating Siri into the iPhone, the team focused on keeping its personality friendly and humble—but also with an edge, according to a person who worked at Apple on the project. As Apple’s engineers worked on the software, they were often thinking, “How would we want a person to respond?” this person said.

The Siri group, one of the largest software teams at Apple, fine-tuned Siri’s responses in an attempt to forge an emotional tie with its customers.

Embedded below are few of the funniest Siri responses we’ve seen till now:

Funny Siri 1

Funny Siri 2

Funny Siri 3

Funny Siri 4

Funny Siri 5

Funny Siri 6

Funny Siri 7

Funny Siri 8

Funny Siri 9

And things get even funnier when Siri speaks to Siri, checkout the video below:


Tell us which one’s your favorite?

Also, does Siri’s beta tag mean that its (her?) humor is going to get better over time?

[Images via Shit That Siri Says]

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  • Stan

    The hiding of a body and will you marry me. Haha!

  • http://youtube.com GerardTheGuard

    The hiding of the body or the meaning of life.

  • Tom

    I like the new site layout but i think you should make a new logo :D and the will you marry me one looks fake although the body one is really funny :P

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com/ iPhoneHacks

      Thanks Tom, glad you like the new look. We’e still love the current logo, so decided not to change it … but we will reconsider that decision.

      • Hansi

        Make it blue, so it matches the site :D

        • Kray-Z

          I agree, old one had a theme, red. Now it seems to be blue, everything is blue except the log lol. Id say go back to red since I too enjoy the current color of the logo, granted I would of never changed the webpage, but this new one loads faster and I’m very thankful for that, old site took FOREVER to load lol.
          Regardless keep up the awesome work!!!
          PS what happened to the comment log in feature typepad or something like that forgot what it was called.

          • Kray-Z

            logo not log :p

          • Wtf

            I like cheese

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  • Mark Eaton

    I tried a bunch yesterday similar to these, you do get multiple answers off of many of them. Try starting a “knock knock joke” or ask “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”. : )

  • AntiHero

    I have asked her the meaning of life a few times, because its a good one to show other people. Last night when I asked her, she replied 42.

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    She even says meaning of life says 42.

  • Jason

    Does anyone else have a accent?

  • Nick

    I told her to talk dirty to me and she said the carpet needs to be vaccumed.

    • yuerfd

      I asked her the same thing and she said “Humus. Compost. Pumice. Silt. Gravel.” lol

  • Blake

    Try “who’s your daddy”

  • Phil

    I should point out that Vlingo’s assistant app works flawlessly on the iPhone 3GS. If your phone is jailbroken, you should have it automatically activate upon a long press of the home button (or some other shortcut of your choosing).

  • AppleGuy

    I asked Siri “what do you look like ?” and it answered “shiny”

  • Md6597

    Ask how many pickled peppers did peter piper pick

  • Md6597

    Ask Siri “what are you wearing”

  • Satish Kumar

    so funny & good.
    Ask Siri about “Untethered Jailbreak Clue”

  • Musetta

    I asked her to beam me up and she replied WIFI or 3G

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      That’s funny! Just got “Sorry Captain, your Tricorder is in Airplane mode” for the same questions :D