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  • Siri Makes Your iPhone Your Secretary


    Speech recognition on the iPhone is nothing new. I use reQall when my ADD-addled brain momentarily flashes on something so that I can remember it later. Jott works well for notes; I've even written blog entries with it, and though voice-activated GPS sounds cool, I'm not so interested that I want to pay for it. Now, though, a Silicon Valley startup has come up with the brilliant idea of melding voice recognition with artificial intelligence. The result is Siri, and it's only available on the iPhone... for now, anyway.

    Siri has the best user interface possible: your voice. Ask the app a question and it will search the web for your answer. Say "where can I see live music in Boston tonight" and it will go onto StubHub and tell you who's playing near you, with single-tap calling and Maps links. Ask about the movies and it gives you a theatres and showtimes from MovieTickets. tell it you want a cab and it sends your GPS coordinates to TaxiMagic. Over time, it will learn what you like, refining its searches to match your interests.

    According to the New York Times, Siri is a for-profit spinoff of SRI, the non-profit Stanford Research Institute. SRI got a big chunk of a five-year grant from DARPA - the US government advanced research agency - to develop a "personal cognitive assistant." SRI's project is called CALO, or Cognitive Agent that Learns and Organizes, and this product is one of the first results of that research.

    Speech recognition quality is very good: Siri licensed technology from Nuance, which provides the speech-to-text engine for both Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search. The app is supposed to run only on iPhone 3GSes, and that's understandable: it's pretty painfully slow on a jailbroken 3G. Siri says it will be coming out with an optimized version for older phones and iPod touches later this year. Android and BlackBerry versions are also in the works.

    The company gets a small fee from any purchases you make with Siri, so the app itself is free. At the present time, though, it only offers services in the United States.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Siri Makes Your iPhone Your Secretary started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoYouLikeLuxury? View Post
      Pretty bold statement to claim that this app will 100% cause problems on some phones based on no evidence whatsoever.

      It's a fu*king voice recognition app. It won't ruin anything.
      Ouch!

      I have made one almighty c*ck-up.

      I will delete my original post as it was not meant for this thread and is nothing to do with this product.

      It's a pity you quoted my post in yours because now my shame will be forever visible.

      Many apologies - I was talking about something completely different.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Ah, honest mistake. I'll modify my post aswell.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      this application makes me want to take my pants off and do the helicopter in front of my monitor.
      ewwwwwww!!!!!!! Lol!!!!!!
    1. JHoffy1's Avatar
      JHoffy1 -
      I would be cool if, instead of text bubbles, the app spoke in a female or male voice.
      That would make it really interactive.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      seems like it could be useful