With all the technological leaps in speech recognition, you'd think the speech synthesis would follow apace. Will we continue to make AI technology sound artificial on purpose?
Siri is "what is the closest chinese restaurant"
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So the real question is: Why does Apple hate the free market?
Well, it depends on what you mean by 'superior'. My expectation is that Siri will probably work better than anything on Android. But it will only run on an iPhone 4. If you have ANYTHING else, even an earlier iPhone, then an open source solution is going to be better, because there's at least a chance you could get it running on your phone.
Sorry, did I say something wrong? Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so I don't know why I bother to say it, oh god I'm so depressed. Here's another one of those self-satisfied doors. Life! Don't talk to me about life.
I just asked the free version of Siri, that was up on the App store until today (and I've been using it for exactly this for a while), "Where is the nearest Chinese restaurant."
It replied with the nearest Chinese restaurant. Siri is better than you believe if you've never used it.
No one actually believes that Android is somehow intrinsically superior because AOSP exists.
Right. Like the way lots of Android handset users have to void their warrantees to apply basic OS updates. That's open source at work.
Delmoi, it's extremely well documented that most Android phones don't get more than a couple of OS updates. That's why the recent HTC security hole findings are such a big deal, because they seem very unlikely to ever be patched by HTC (because they're the ones who have to release the proper build of Android for each individual phone they sell, meaning that most hardware manufacturers simply don't).
If you don't understand the difference between asking your telephone a question in a conversational voice, on one hand, and typing shit into your PC
you are (1) missing the point in operatically grand fashion
There is no person that I love and trust as intimately as my iPhone.
In general: people read and write MUCH FASTER than using speech. This means in general I'm much faster for a lot of use scenarios using my fingers instead of my voice with Siri even if Siri were 100% reliable and I didn't need to do course correction.
Part of this is because all signs seem to point to the Android market being primarily people who would otherwise buy non-smartphones,
And then there's this tutorial showing how to install a then-eight-month-old revision of the OS on a fairly popular phone, and it looks like something you'd need a neck-beard and an Amiga to care about
Siri, ask Chad and Brad to meet me in Starbucks for a Skinny Latte and Vegan snacks whilst we discuss sales figures on my MacBook Air and discuss our new line in products designed for people with disabilities and also coloured people, both groups being equal and respected partners in today's modern workplace. Afterwards, we can put all this work stuff aside and go for a bite to eat in that new BBQ place.
Voice control is the Next Big Thing because no matter how elegant or beautiful a touchscreen UI display is, you still have to deal with a nearly infinite number of modal interactions with the screen and your fingers. Voice does away with all of that: say what you want and the robot deduces the context thus doing away with the modality of the interface.
I think i'd rather have something like Quicksilver with voice recognition. More structured and predictable, but still with a voice interface, and with all the ties into other, non-apple apps.
It's called ice cream sandwich because there aren't many desserts that start with "I" and a bowl of plain ice cream looks the same as frozen yogurt (aka froyo).
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