Originally Posted by Andysol
Just curious... why do people defend Siri by saying its in Beta. Isn't the fact it's in Beta 8 months after its launch starting to be worrisome on its own? This is technology- it wasn't developed 8 months ago, it was developed years ago- and has been in a public beta for 8 months (an eternity in technology), with every iPhone commercial, pimping its "ability".
Please- save the "beta" talk... I see the enormous potential in Siri as most of you do, but Apple needs to get on their game about it or stop promoting it. I feel it was released far too early, but their backs were against the wall to release a new iPhone and had to do something
different to appease people. The 4S by itself was enough and they should have waited. Just my meager opinion.
Your primary point makes absolutely no sense. There is no possible way that a service that requires voice samples to understand languages, dialects, phonemes, pronunciations, other parts of language, various demographically based terminology and other cultural context (making this list very brief) can get this sort of understanding from being in a lab and coded by a team of engineers. I am absolutely astonished that anyone would actually think it can be done as easily as adjusting the color on an app icon.
Furthermore, Google had their speech-recognition system in place for 3.5 years before shutting it down. It's believed, but not verified, that Google shut it down once they felt they had enough samples to use but that happened in 2010 and we still haven't seen any proof that is the case. Apple had their iWork.com beta running for 3.5 years, also, before shutting it down. That is even less complex than capturing voice samples for a very long period and could be coded in a back room but a small team yet shows that a beta for 8 months isn't unrealistic or a very long time in tech.
Now I do agree that Apple's Siri ads aren't representative of the real world. I have no problem with them shortening sequences but i do expect that phrases stated by the actors are actually phrases that Siri picked up during the making of the ad. Of course, professional video isn't shot that way as a general rule but in this case I think it's important for Apple to only use clips that do represent successful Siri queries. I'd also like them not to use terms like 'gazpacho' when trying to show Siri off until its success rate across many accents et al. reaches a set point.
I do think the John Malkovich ads are great because they use a single word that is easy for Siri to parse. Notice how humans typically need more words to parse context but computers are more likely get confused about the context. This, at least, should be a clue to people.
PS: This site asks a simple question and gets back a fairly simple yet thorough answer from many users that should help you and others understand why it can't just be a simple hardcoding to a few keywords.