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  • Siri Purposely Designed To Have A Slight Attitude


    As the weekend passes by, many iPhone 4S users are continuing to enjoy the quirky responses that Siri gives and Apple’s intelligent personal assistant built into the iPhone 4S is being raved around by many all over the web. Recently the folks over at The Wall Street Journal spoke with Norman Winarsky, one of the co-founders of the original Siri and they discussed how they approached instilling Siri with a personality. (For those of you who didn't already know, Norman Winarsky was the one who claimed Siri was going to be a "world-changing event.")

    According to Winarsky, “There were many conversations within the team about whether it should be gender neutral”or “should have an ‘attitude.’” Norman ended up not going to Apple and still works at SRI and he mentioned that before the software was bought by Apple, the company decided to go with Siri having “occasionally a light attitude.”

    Apple ended up focusing on keeping Siri’s personality “friendly and humble – but also with an edge,” according to a different person who actually worked at Apple on the Siri project. The same source said they were thinking of how they would want a person to respond when developing the software.

    The Siri group is said to be one of the largest software teams at Apple and the crafted responses are trying to create an emotional tie to the customer. This seems to be a good marketing strategy as they will continue to attract new and existing customers alike to use the software and remain loyal with Apple. The work that the Siri team put in as well as the work the Apple has put into the software seems to have been largely successful thus far and with more functionality coming in 2012, it only seems like Siri will continue to impress more and more people globally.

    Furthermore, developers have already ported Siri to the iPhone 4 and are working on making the port more successful. It seems that Siri is not iPhone 4S exclusive and perhaps Apple may open up Siri to older iOS devices at a later point as well. I am not sure what to believe when people discuss this as both sides of the argument seem to make sense to me. On one end, Apple could have put Siri on the iPhone 4S exclusively not only to help the sales of the product but to also limit the beta to one iOS device instead of multiple, thus helping iron out bugs. On the other hand, maybe the extra hardware the iPhone 4S is packing really helps make Siri work smoothly. Either way, it's not like users have much of a choice in this legally.

    What do you think of Siri, has it been impressing you? Do you think Apple is purposely keeping Siri iPhone 4S exclusive for now just to promote sales for the iPhone 4S? Share any thoughts and comments below!

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Siri Purposely Designed To Have A Slight Attitude started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. expl0itfinder's Avatar
      expl0itfinder -
      Mines talkin back to me...its discipline time
    1. Gman Smartboy's Avatar
      Gman Smartboy -
      option to have customizable voices on siri and very sarcastic and ill buy it in a heartbeat
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Siri is a Bad girl
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gman Smartboy View Post
      option to have customizable voices on siri and very sarcastic and ill buy it in a heartbeat
      I'm sure this will be a reality through a jailbreak app in the future.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Siri got some 'tude problems
    1. nahzd's Avatar
      nahzd -
      Just thinkin' what if SIRI just suddenly had its own mind? (like those Skynet, I robot, etc) this is freakin' scary duds!!
    1. stylingsq01's Avatar
      stylingsq01 -
      Omg!.. The Matrix is true and siri is the first! Machines are gonna take over our planet in the future!!!
    1. nahzd's Avatar
      nahzd -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyikeda View Post
      You can have SIRI as a Partner in crime!! lol
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Of course it was 'purposely designed' like that.What, do you think it was actually designed to be friendly all the time but developed the attitude by itself?
    1. Jcbzr's Avatar
      Jcbzr -
      Can someone ask Siri if she wants to take the blue pill or the red pill?
    1. apoorv's Avatar
      apoorv -
      **** That Siri Says
    1. GhStRdR2k's Avatar
      GhStRdR2k -
      Originally Posted by kyikeda Lol Attachment 550850
      If it would have answered this question 42 I would have been impressed. lol
    1. JORDAN™'s Avatar
      JORDAN™ -
      Quote Originally Posted by GhStRdR2k View Post
      If it would have answered this question 42 I would have been impressed. lol
      It does. It gives different answers to the same question.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Saucy little Minx lol
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stylingsq01 View Post
      Omg!.. The Matrix is true and siri is the first! Machines are gonna take over our planet in the future!!!

      Hey this may not be a joke in the future... There is so much s*it from sci-fi movies that's slowly coming to reality in our lifetimes already... Really give some thought to the device you actually hold in your hand present day iCaptain Kirk.

      Boo!
    1. hbranum's Avatar
      hbranum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jcbzr View Post
      Can someone ask Siri if she wants to take the blue pill or the red pill?
      She said "I have very few wants."
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      When Siri takes on the voice of KIT from Knight Rider I will be ready to start peeling out at all the time.
    1. malevo's Avatar
      malevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by maddawg05 View Post
      I'm sure this will be a reality through a jailbreak app in the future.
      give me GLaDOS, I'm begging you
    1. cavman2004's Avatar
      cavman2004 -
      I told her I hated her and wished she would die. She said she'll remember that. Now I'm scared to go to sleep.