As a Brit, I’ve always wondered why Americans seem to love our local accents, and why local singers don’t sing with the same accent they speak. We are interesting creatures on an interesting planet.
I said something to my neighbor, and he responded, and I said, “Thank the Lord for his creation.” His response surprised me. “What? Don’t you believe in evolution?” I hadn’t given it much thought but since when is something supposedly scientific a belief system?
So, I asked, “Which version of evolution should I believe in?” He didn’t have much of an answer, but moments later I saw a video of Siri correcting a meteorologist on TV. The meteorologist said the forecast called for snow, something triggered Siri on his Apple Watch, which then chimed in and said the forecast was wrong, no snow was expected.
It turned out that Siri was correct.
That’s what I want Siri to do. Be reasonably sure what I’m saying, and then correct me when I’m probably wrong.
Hey, my wife does it. My mother and father do it. My children, neighbors, and co-workers do it. So, why not Siri, too?
Maybe I’m just wrong too often and everyone else is in a habit of simply contradicting what I say.
Siri has yet to reach a point where our Apple devices can carry on a contextual conversation. I want that. That would make Siri useful. I like what Siri has become. I can speak an action and with Siri Shortcuts, Siri performs a specific action. That’s good.
What Siri does not do is go the extra mile and initiate conversations, appropriately, of course, and cannot handle multiple layers of context very well. For example, I can get football scores for specific teams, but when I ask how Tomy Brady is doing, all I get back is information about the next game.
Understanding context is important and a major step for Siri to become a truly useful online personal assistant. I want Siri to listen to me all the time, and be willing to provide counsel, hints and tips, even suggestions– without me invoking Hey Siri all the time.