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Siri now quotes Strunk, Jefferson, chiding users’ speech

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod

In a quiet server-side update, Apple has given Siri the ability to respond to requests with quotes, notably to suggest that the user is being too long-winded. When asking the assistant a question — presumably one that Apple’s servers find too long or difficult to parse — Siri responds with William Strunk and Thomas Jefferson quotes alluding to brevity. Notably, the thirty-word Strunk quote itself takes several seconds for Siri to read aloud, and in one case was delivered in the middle of dictation.

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The Strunk and Jefferson quotes appear to have been added to Siri over the last week and a half, and represent a new direction for Apple’s virtual assistant. Rather than just recognizing or failing to recognize a user’s natural speech, Siri now appears to be using quotations to change the user’s speaking patterns.

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Personally, I’d much rather Apple work on core function improvements for Siri as opposed to cute gimmicks…

Posted by Ken on May 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM (PDT)

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So, I had the lovely experience of dealing with Siri’s new attitude and must say, it STINKS!

Instead of lecturing me about the advantages of speaking in short, concise and precise sentences, including quotes form too many famous people before asking me to repeat the question, why couldn’t she just ASK me to make the request shorter? Siri, are you following your own advice?

Oh, the irony…

Posted by ahMEmon on May 15, 2013 at 7:45 AM (PDT)

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