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May 22, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:29am

5 questions to ask Siri

Siri doesn’t follow Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics.

By Joe Curtis

Apple first released its Siri voice assistant with the iPhone 4S, and since then it’s had overhauls and tweaks to keep it competing with Microsoft’s newbie, Cortana, and Google’s Google Now.
Cortana is great, but we all know her developers had a lot of help following in the footsteps of Siri, which literally set the tone for voice assistants with its slightly sarcastic, always witty responses to the questions of its teenage operators.
There’s some hidden gems on Siri just waiting to be discovered by iPhone owners, and here’s some of the best.

Siri hasn’t read much Isaac Asimov

Ask him/her "Do you obey the three laws of robotics?" and her answer doesn’t expound on the sci-fi master’s laws (A robot may not injure a human being, A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, A robot must protect its own existence, to be brief).
Instead it answers: "OK, I think the three laws are: 1. Clean up your room, 2. Don’t run with scissors, 3. Always wait half an hour after eating before going in the water."

Who’s above you?

Siri loves to show off, so ask if she knows what planes are flying overhead. Surprisingly, she knows.

Siri is not a fan of Spike Jonze

The film director’s movie Her, about a man who falls in love with his AI operating system, has been acclaimed as a moving work of genius. Not according to Siri. Ask "Siri, are you Her?" and her response is a little harsh: "No. In my opinion she gives artificial intelligence a bad name."

And he/she doesn’t love you

Nope. Not a jot. No falling in love for this voice assistant. It’ll tell you "You’re looking for love in all the wrong places", or "I bet you say that to all the Apple products".

But Siri’s got a sense of humour.

Don’t worry about the awkwardness – you’ll both laugh it off. Ask Siri to tell you a joke and it’s got a few up its virtual sleeve. One good one: "The past, present and future walk into a bar. It was tense."

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