Siri Can't Even Understand Woz

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Stories like this are what make Steve Wozniak so endearing. He tells it like it is, even if it's not so flattering to Apple or its products. I'll bet the powers that be at Apple cringe every time they see an interview with Woz. :D

"Sometimes Siri doesn't get the words right, and I'm pissed," the Apple co-founder said, while noting that Google Now and other voice assistants aren't perfect, either. "It's not like a perfect human yet, but I want to get there," Wozniak said Wednesday at the Salesforce TrailheaDX conference here in San Francisco. "It's a friend, our best friend, we fall in love with it."
 

westrock2000

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No Agenda gave a good explanation of why these things do not work well, and not are as intelligent as they are said to be. The end shows exactly how dumb these devices are (in this case Amazon Echo)

 

dandirk

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Thing that puzzles me...

Google now and related voice recognition is pretty good. Dictating text messages is pretty awesome.

Why is "google voice" dictation so horrible? It is lucky to get a few words right and I can sometimes get the gist of a message that was left for me.

You would think both would be based on the same speech to text technology.
 

acquacow

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Thing that puzzles me...

Google now and related voice recognition is pretty good. Dictating text messages is pretty awesome.

Why is "google voice" dictation so horrible? It is lucky to get a few words right and I can sometimes get the gist of a message that was left for me.

You would think both would be based on the same speech to text technology.
Dunno, perhaps one is processed locally using your mobile CPU and the other processed by a better engine in the cloud?

I don't use either, but it's a distinction worth looking at... Do both work when the phone is completely offline?
 

steakman1971

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I always wonder what Apple would be like if Woz became the CEO. I the bio's of Jobs and Woz - very different people. One was pretty much an asshole, the other was caring and passionate about technology for people.
 

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Woz hasn't worked there for decades. So why the fuck does his opinion matter more than anyone else's.
 

jonathonball

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Woz hasn't worked there for decades. So why the fuck does his opinion matter more than anyone else's.
He didn't just work for Apple. He single-handedly designed the Apple I and co-founded the company with Steve Jobs in 1976
 

mtrupi

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Yet on the other hand it's incredible how good voice recognition has become. In the eighties it was considered an almost insurmountable goal. In the nineties you you started to see software that could be trained to recognize your voice. Now there is the ability to recognize anyone's voice, answer questions (sometimes), and even translate in real time. Still have a long way to go to make something truly useful. I know if I'm not looking at the person talking to me I often need to ask them to repeat what they just said. I expect our gadgets will continue to learn more about how we communicate through more than just how something sounds.
 

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Which has dick to do with anything going on now.
Completely makes sense... Why would one want to ask... say the founding fathers (of US) what they think of the constitution today? That would be a pointless question cause they haven't had anything to do with it for 200 years?

The reason why people are interested and want to know is because he was a founding father of apple and people want his opinion perspective.

I guess I don't understand why you would discount all opinions of something just because they didn't directly build it. I would say 90% of reviews/opinions on anything come form people that had no direct relationship with producing a product.
 

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I think the recognition on my winPhone with Cortana has been exceptional. I have tried to stump it several times and even tested complex words against Siri and only Siri had problems. Maybe Cortana just likes my diction or something but for me I've been quite happy with it.
 
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