Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had some interesting things to say about Siri – Apple’s intelligent personal assistant feature.
During an interview with The Times Union, Wozniak revealed that he was a big fan of Siri before Apple purchased it, but now he’s really disappointed.
In case you were not aware, Siri was initially launched as an app in the App Store. Apple acquired Siri – the company behind the app back in April 2010 and used its technology to introduce it as a personal assistant feature in iPhone 4S.
Here are some excerpts from that interview:
“A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo,” Wozniak said. “I was using it to make reservations long before Apple bought it.”
“I would say, ‘Siri, what are the five largest lakes in California?’ and it would come up, one, two, three, four, five. And I would ask ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and they would come up all in a row. That was pretty incredible,” Wozniak said.
He said he told family and friends about Siri and how “This was the future: speaking things in normal ways, feeling like you’re talking to a human and how Siri was the greatest program,” Wozniak said.
“Then Apple bought Siri,” he said. He then paused, lifted his right hand and gave it a big thumbs down.
“‘What are the largest lakes in California?’ I’d get all these lakefront properties. And I’d say ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ And I’d get prime rib,” Wozniak said.
“I’m really disappointed, but it’s still a market for the future,” Wozniak said. “I think voice recognition for all the platforms is going to get better and better and better at putting together complete sentences and phrases. What did a human really mean? Like, if you said ‘Five, I mean six.’ It will understand a backup, the little faults in our speech that humans understand. It will understand that eventually.”
Check out the video of that interview below:
It’s always great to hear from Woz and he raises some valid points. Apple has announced quite a few enhancements for Siri in iOS 6, it will be interesting to see what he has to say about Siri after he installs iOS 6.
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