Walt Mossberg wrote a very critical article on Siri today. The article was entitled ‘Why does Siri seem so dumb’. The article takes Apple’s personal assistant Siri under the microscope. Walt Mossberg has explored the shortcomings of the service, its mistakes and even its incapability of correctly answering questions that it rivals have no problem in answering.
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The article also mentions the several questions Siri was unable to answer correctly. These questions range from queries about the current political candidates to the weather of Venice. Unfortunately Siri has failed n very attempt to give the desired result whereas Google now, which the direct rival of Siri answered each question absolutely right.
Mossberg states that Apple actually fixed many of the problems with Siri after his feedback. He also stated that the company was very stressful of the fact that it is constantly improving Siri. Apple’s stance is that it focuses more on every day tasks such as making phone calls instead of long tail questions that as a matter of fact aren’t even popular with Apple user.
However Mossberg speculates that such questions are not popular in users because of the frustration they face with wrong responses. Siri’s cloud based service failures are also outlined by Mossberg. He states that Apple has wasted its leading position in front of other competitors such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft.
Now as a matter of fact Apple has been putting much effort in to the improvement of Siri. Apple executives have pointed out that machine learning techniques have actually improved Siri’s error rate. Siri and other on-device features have been powered by neural net based systems since 2014. This system actually helps users to get more personalized results.
However recent rumors suggest that Apple is working hard to improve the functionality of Siri so that it can be built in to an Echo-like Smart Home device. Such a device would be able to control home accessories. Apple has another project named ‘invisible hand’ under work which will allow users to control their devices through Siri. This might take 3 years to debut though.