Originally Posted by Asherian
And make no mistake, Dragon Naturally Speaking is a far more advanced speech-to-text technology than what's in Siri (it does, of course, lack the "AI").
Er, you do know Apple licensed the speech-to-text engine in Siri from Nuance - the makers of Dragon?
There's a novelty factor here that is selling phones. Will it be something everyone can't live without a year from now? Not a chance. For the vast majority of people anyway.
That's a pretty bold statement. I can see myself using it every time I am commuting in my car (which thankfully is only a few days a week these days). With laws against cell phone use propagating (heck, in Maryland touching your phone while in the car - even while stopped at a stoplight - is now a primary offense for which police can stop you for) technology like Siri is going to become a ubiquitous part of everyone's daily life.
The most useful features of it (dictating texts, etc) have been standard features in most smartphones for a while.
With sucky implementations that make them a novelty. Siri has enough "extra" functionality to make it a stand alone and useable feature.
The other parts of it are pure showmanship. Apple put a ton of effort into things like the little jokes it has because they know it'll give them publicity. They knew it'd drive sales. It's the superficial sugarcoating on the phone to give it something stronger to differentiate from the prior iPhone 4 (which is why it's artificially limited from running on anything other than the 4S).
What you pan as showmanship is the differentiator that makes Siri something useful and appealing for daily use.
Your complaints ring hollow and sound like sour grapes - your not related or working for Rubin?
The only point I may concede to you is the iPhone 4S restriction. However I suspect upon further teardown of the 4S we will see some suspicious enhancements to the microphones and more importantly, exploitation of the A5 for enhanced audio processing to enhance Siri's recognition capabilities.
If Apple was so concerned about forcing obsolescence in their phones, they wouldn't have been the first and most aggressive in the industry for pushing OS updates out to older phones. Accusing them of such makes for sensationalistic headlines, but Apple has shown time and time again that they are pretty deliberate in their decisions, and the vast majority of the time they are directly driven by user experience.
Many of you think the world of it right now, but once the novelty wears off (and make no mistake, it will), you'll probably want to forget about all of this hype you bought into. It's just not good enough -- it's not consistent enough, it's not reliable enough. Even if it fails 1 out of 10 times to correctly do what I ask of it, that's too much for me and most people.
Huh? What an inane statement. If it fails when I'm trying to schedule an appointment I just start over. Heck, if it fails one in 10 times, that will be far less than me trying to type on a keyboard on a mobile device (any mobile device, not just an iPhone) while driving in a car (which isn't a good idea in the first place) or walking around.
I think you need to get out of your box and walk on the lawn more than trying to keep people off of it.
How sad to live in your world.... I don't need "research" to tell me how useful something is - I can see myself using Siri daily. Just like many analysts panned the first iPhone, claiming that people wouldn't be able to find enough usability in it to justify the "insane" monthly phone contracts. Well, I will gladly pay my $70 a month to AT&T as the iPhone is the device I use more than any other in my life. It's my constant companion and true information appliance. Siri takes it to the next level, enabling me to use my iPhone in even more situations where it wouldn't be practical otherwise.
It's going to be far from a novelty - it's going to be another significant input paradigm, right up there with multi-touch (which was also panned as a novelty and fad. Hmm, sounds familiar!)