Ron McElfresh on Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and artificial intelligence personal assistants as we know them now:
Political correctness aside, Apple has a problem with Siri. The company’s intelligent personal assistant is more of a bimbo or a doofus than useful and doesn’t seem to have learned much over the years. She (the bimbo) or He (doofus; I’m not sure of the male equivalent of bimbo) simply has not learned much after years of trying.
Hence, the bimbo bot.
Regardless, all of these bimbo bots have their own set of parlor tricks to make them seem smart during presentations and videos but the sad reality is this. They don’t do much. Yet. But we’ve been waiting for years for some set of killer functionality to take over and it’s just not there. Dictation, turn-by-turn driving instructions, weather and sports scores, reading news or texts or email, playing movies and doing web searches, and opening up apps seems to be the extent of this technology, regardless of the platforms. Each one can do a few more tricks than the others, but we seem to be a long way from actual interaction with artificial intelligence.
Agreed. Someone told me they think Siri is blonde. That’s sexist and not politically correct, but it is understandable.