Apple details 'Siri for Mac' desktop virtual assistant in new patent application

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  • Reply 21 of 40
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Could apply to any number of current or future Apple devices and services.

    As an assistant to law enforcement: "Siri, collect accident information from both parties and fill out the accident report...let me know when you're done."

    In the doctor's office: "Siri, show me the X-Ray from last week and the blood test results in a graph representing the past five years for Mrs. Fingerhut."

    At the lawyer: "Siri, collate all lawsuits in the past ten years that have resulted in awards of one million dollars or more for cases involving asbestos in the state of Virginia."

    At the McDonalds drive-through: "I want the twenty piece McChicken heads with spicy coconut shavings and a super-ginormous Coke with extra-thick pancake batter drizzle."
  • Reply 22 of 40

    I like that first drawing showing a touch screen Mac. ;)

  • Reply 23 of 40
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    Originally Posted by Relic View Post



    Oh great, the last thing I want is my computer judging me on the type of porn sites I visit. Siri: "really, you want me to search for, male Philipeneo naked jello wrestling, you have children Relic", "ugh, shut up Siri"! "Where's the uninstaller for this bitch".

    I'm not sure Filipinos even like Jello...

  • Reply 24 of 40
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,652member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post



    At the McDonalds drive-through: "I want the twenty piece McChicken heads with spicy coconut shavings and a super-ginormous Coke with extra-thick pancake batter drizzle."

    Even aside from the issue of Siri understanding what that means, I spoke your sentence on my iPhone (in Mail) and got the following:

    "I want a 20 piece chicken heads with spicy coconut shavings Supligen Normas Coke with extra thick pancake batter drizzle."

     

    Now I actually think that's not too bad, but if you constantly have to manually correct Siri instructions, it's not going to be all that useful, which is the experience most people have today.

     

    As far as whether it needs to listen all the time, I'm sure there will be an option to listen only when the computer is active, only when you specifically request it or to listen all the time.   But there are still certain tasks that are always going to be easier from the mouse and keyboard, like finding the correct file when you don't remember the exact name, but have many similarly named files.   

     

    Having said that, I think having Siri on the Mac is a good idea, although I think it needs to be greatly enhanced before they make it available.   

  • Reply 25 of 40
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    shogun wrote: »
    There are lots of questions for Apple to answer on this one: should the OS constantly be listening? What power does Siri get to change things and undertake it's own tasks? Is it really useful to have a voice assistant? How powerful and smart does it need to be to save time instead of making more work for users to fix siri's mistakes?

    Lots of questions. But that knowledge navigator video still entices. That level of assistance seems like it would be so useful.

    Anything you do on your Mac is already being recorded (or could be easily recorded) by the Mac and sent to Apple for nefarious reasons so I don't see why adding a Siri would be much of a concern. If it's because of the microphone, all this shows is that the OS is openly configured to be listening for your "Hey, Siri" command, but this doesn't mean that your microphone hasn't been listening and recording for years without your knowledge. Note there is no light that appears when the microphone is active, like there is with the FaceTime camera on your Mac. What this privacy concern boils down to is out-of-sight out-of-mind thinking where it's never really been an issue for any of us until the idea of it being a feature was suggested. When this comes to pass your concerns will be voiced by countless others who had never previously considered their microphone being able to listen at all times.
  • Reply 26 of 40
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member
    Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post

    I'm not sure Filipinos even like Jello...

     

    Yeah, but if you search ‘Mormon naked Jell-o wrestling’ you get entire families.

  • Reply 27 of 40
    lantznlantzn Posts: 240member
    It looks like Joaquin Phoenix's girlfriend is going to have a little competition.
  • Reply 28 of 40
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    lantzn wrote: »
    It looks like Joaquin Phoenix's girlfriend is going to have a little competition.

    I'd pay extra for the Scarlett Johannson in-app purchase.
  • Reply 29 of 40
    Siri in OS X is a great & needful feature [B]for me[/B], i hope it will be integrated by Apple in the actual 10.10 Yosemite not the next one. :)
  • Reply 30 of 40
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
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    Originally Posted by Markboard View Post



    Siri in OS X is a needful feature i hope it will be integrated by Apple in the actual 10.10 Yosemite not the next one. image

    Needful feature? I already have a dog that demands attention, so the last thing I need is for my computer to start texting me throughout the day saying she misses me or why haven't I touched her lately. Oh my gosh, I just turned into a dude.

  • Reply 31 of 40
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,697member
    What Chuck Norris wants, Chuck Norris gets! :P

    I must check how how he is aging.
  • Reply 32 of 40
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,697member
    philboogie wrote: »
    1. Interesting! Would love to read more on you reminiscing those days. I like that word, reminiscing.

    2. Buyout paid off, after which you moved to the US? I remember you are there now for, what, 25 years? Probably don't miss the UK weather since you're in the Sunny State. Then again, now you're having the occasional hurricane, which isn't good either.

    Almost, I traded my shares for a subsidiary company, software for the printing industry, which I relocated to the US and got an H1B visa. That lead to a green card and eventually full citizenship. I sold the software company to a larger one, the name I forget, they were PC only rival to Photoshop 'kind of' back then. Then went into video and photography. Yep, almost 25 years since I waved bye bye to UK, ... seems like about five though! First few years were in Boston area. Weather is great here in Florida, no complaints what-so-ever! That's it ... life story of Chuck in two lines :)
  • Reply 33 of 40
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,675member
    ^ post

    Sounds like you did good then. At the right time. Props to you sir.
  • Reply 34 of 40
    hentaiboyhentaiboy Posts: 1,252member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    ...and even act as a "third hand" for Mac users.

    Old news

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  • Reply 35 of 40
    shogun wrote: »
    I mean can Siri write emails and messages for you -- should it be allowed to? When? How directed must it be? Post on social media? Initiate phone calls? Rename files? Trash files?

    If so, it better be 100% accurate. And not hackable under any circumstances.

    And even assuming the above to be true, what level of power will freak people out anyhow? If Siri can do all the above will they be concerned that it'll go renegade and start emailing your boss and sending pictures to the local newspaper, erasing your files and locking you out from them.

    I can imagine those memes, those ads, those worries. So how do you mitigate them? Start with a weak assistant and build from there? Blitz the truth from the start and hope the fears never catch on?

    Just lots of things to think through.
    Of course not, user must agree to things first, and there should be a option or something where you can block Siri from important things like a document or boss.
  • Reply 37 of 40
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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    Oh my, how I have been waiting for this! Ever since I was a guest at Apple HQ and watched the Knowledge Navigator movie I have wanted it.



    I'm expecting a few 'Dave, I can't let you do that" jokes in the thread though ... image

     

    "Siri, build me a snowman."

    "Frosty, I'm afraid I can't do that."

  • Reply 38 of 40
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    Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post

     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Relic View Post



    Oh great, the last thing I want is my computer judging me on the type of porn sites I visit. Siri: "really, you want me to search for, male Philipeneo naked jello wrestling, you have children Relic", "ugh, shut up Siri"! "Where's the uninstaller for this bitch".

    I'm not sure Filipinos even like Jello...


     

    I'd like to flip a female Filipino.

  • Reply 39 of 40
    Maybe Siri can save us from global warming.
  • Reply 40 of 40
    Maybe Siri can save us from global warming.
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