iPhone 4S’s snide, sassy, amazing Siri has plenty to say

“By now, early adopters of the iPhone 4S, which has sold more than 4 million units since debuting on Friday, have no doubt taken Siri for a spin,” Doug Gross reports for CNN. “Siri can be a sometimes sassy, sometimes snide companion. And she’s at least as fond of an inside joke as she is of reading you your e-mails.”

Gross reports, “One key hub for all things Siri is S**t That Siri Says, a Tumblr blog on which people post their odd question-and-answer exchanges with the app.”

Among some of its more creative entries:

Q: Beam me up.
A: OK. Stand still.

Q: Am I fat?
A: I prefer not to say.

Q: What are you wearing?
A: You have the wrong personal assistant, Clint.

“Siri is clearly ready to drop a pop culture reference or two, as well as do a serviceable version of the Abbott and Costello ‘Who’s On First?’ routine,” gross reports. “This awareness and sense of humor has already earned her some fans.”

We threw what we hoped would be some fairly random questions at Siri to see what we got:

Q: Download “Angry Birds.”
A: I can’t download things for you. I’m sorry. I feel terrible about this.

Q: Siri, are you affiliated with Skynet?
A: I can’t answer that.

Q: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A: Don’t you have anything better to do?

<strongMore Siriisms in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This mass media Siri barrage is going to sell millions more iPhone 4S units for Apple.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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  1. I asked Siri:
    “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck would?”

    And she responded:
    “That depends on whether you mean European wood or African wood.”

    So obviously you won’t (necessarily) get the same snide response to an obscure question. That’s really sharp.

    1. Wow – a (Monty Python) pop-culture reference in response to a tongue-twister? That’s some cool AI. It’s Siri’s world, we’re just living in it….

  2. The exchange from the movie goes like this:
    “What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
    “What do you mean, an african or european swallow?”

  3. It seems Siri’s answers are also random.

    If I repeat what the author had done with Siri, for example, I get different amusing answers to the Woodchuck question. Also, the Beam Me Up question had Siri tell me, “Energizing…”

  4. By far the funniest response I’ve seen is to the question, “Where can I hide a body?” Siri: “What kind of place are you looking for? Mines; dumps; reservoirs; metal foundries; swamps?” lol!

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