Originally Posted by solipsism
It comes across like you're trying to downplay it. you're making this sound like the execution is simple and obvious. Isn't AI goal to get a computer to process natural language accurately?
There is a reason this has been written about since the dawn of computers in Sci-Fi but only slowly and recently been showing up in our consumer electronics. Just going by what is currently available in non-4S iPhones and Android OS this is a big leap in utility.
He's completely right though. We've had accurate voice recognition on phones for years.
Siri is only doing a few things differently. This includes:
-Contextual commands with a little more variety than the competition. Eg. "wake me in one hour"
-Some funny responses when you ask it weird questions
-Deep integration with system applications.
Other than that, Siri is nothing new. This should by no means be a selling point for anyone to buy a phone.
Ask it "How to tie a tie"
It returns with a google search. Just with a different interface. It will not actually tell you.
Aside from the commands that interact directly with the OS, that's all it really is. It's a Google search that presents the information neatly.
The voice technology is not new, or any more accurate than other current voice detection software. All the phone is doing is converting your voice to text. The text is sent off to Apple's servers to be processed, and for a command to be sent back. There are trigger words that define the context. Eg. "where is", "wake me up", "what's the weather", "play this album".
Is it currently the best voice command software on a phone? Yes.
Is this amazing new technology? No. But props to apple for integrating it deeply and making it easy and intuitive. But in the end, Siri is either controlling a limited amount of system apps, or it's doing a Google search and displaying the most relevant info based on your search