Apple’s Siri assistant has been getting a lot of headlines since it was released however it has also been receiving its fair share of criticism from the press and user base. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he doesn’t have a lot of appreciation for the voice recognition application. He added that he was using it before Apple bought it and found that it became less accurate after the purchase.
He said via Timesunion “A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo, I was using it to make reservations long before Apple bought it.”
Initially he was impressed. he added “I would say, ‘Siri, what are the five largest lakes in California?’ and it would come up, one, two, three, four, five. And I would ask ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and they would come up all in a row. That was pretty incredible.”
He spoke out saying “This was the future: speaking things in normal ways, feeling like you’re talking to a human and how Siri was the greatest program.
“Then Apple bought Siri” and it seemed to go downhill from there.
He would ask “What are the largest lakes in California?’ I’d get all these lakefront properties. And I’d say ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ And I’d get prime rib.”
“I’m really disappointed, but it’s still a market for the future,” Wozniak said. “I think voice recognition for all the platforms is going to get better and better and better at putting together complete sentences and phrases. What did a human really mean? Like, if you said ‘Five, I mean six.’ It will understand a backup, the little faults in our speech that humans understand. It will understand that eventually.”
Kitguru says: Wozniak not impressed with Siri, but are you?