“When Apple introduced Siri, the talking, voice-activated ‘personal assistant’ that will come with its new iPhone 4S, the Web leaped to the obvious, rational conclusion: That it’s a sinister, potentially alien artificial intelligence that’s bound to kill us all,” Doug Gross reports for CNN.
“‘If you’re wondering, ‘Siri’ can be pronounced two ways: ‘Skynet’ and ‘GLaDOS,’ wrote Twitter user @AshleyEsqueda,” Gross reports. “That’s a reference to 1) the computer system in the ‘Terminator’ stories that gains self-awareness and unleashes killer robots on mankind and 2) the talking, sinister artificial-intelligence system that puts players through their increasingly life-threatening paces in the “Portal” video game series.”
“‘Siri may be the beginning of Skynet,’ wrote Twitter user @KingJamesVrsn. ‘I swear, if my iPhone asks me if I am Sarah Connor…,'” Gross reports. “Of course, some folks go for a more classic approach to menacing, monotone. Enter HAL 9000, the digital antagonist in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ This being 2011 and all, HAL has his own Twitter feed and, of course, was quick to chime in. ‘I think I went to school with Siri,’ @HAL9000 posted. ‘Cute female computer but she talked too much.'”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]