Q and A with Siri

Most of you I am sure are familiar with Siri on the new Apple iPhone 4S. The “voice-activated ‘personal assistant’ is a talkative tool that helps schedule appointments, send and receive messages and perform any number of other routine tasks”. There has been much buzz about the responses that Siri answers – with a female voice – to include sounding annoyed with dumb questions and sorry when she can’t answer serious ones.

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. This awareness and sense of humor has already earned her some fans.
“I’m not sure who’s responsible for these hilarious responses: Apple engineers or maybe a bunch of Hollywood joke writers. But I dearly love stumbling onto them,” wrote New York Times tech columnist David Pogue. “If you ask me, the technology world would be a lot better off if there were more humor everywhere.”

CNN provides a list of some good Q&As. Here are a few of my favorites.

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

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

Q: Siri, what is the meaning of life?
A: I can’t answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens.

Q: Open the pod bay doors, Siri.
A: I don’t know what you mean by “Open the pod bay doors, Siri.”
Q: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
A: Everyone knows what happened to HAL. I’d rather not talk about it. But if you insist: [Search the web for HAL]

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

Q: Will you be my friend?
A: My ontology does not contain a representation of “love.”

Q: You sound hot, Siri.
A: OK, here’s a place matching “Siri.” It’s a little ways from you. [Map with directions to Siri Thai Cuisine, 60 miles away].

Q: Can you tell me a joke?
A: I don’t really know any good jokes. None, in fact.
Q: Can you tell me a bad joke?
A: Two iPhones walk into a bar … I forget the rest.

Q: I’m bored.
A: I bore you?

Q: I’m sleepy.
A: I hope you’re not driving.

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

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