It’s been years since Siri debuted on the iPhone and not much has changed. Jeffrey Mincey explains:
The iPhone is a decade old already, and half of that life Siri has been the little child that could, but not quite. It’s as if Siri was a slow child and held back in elementary school for a couple of years. Her dictation capabilities are improved, but she still can’t do much, though sometimes I think what is asked of her obviously is out of place… That brings me to the obvious question. When will Siri grow up? Apple had something of a head start with a personable, somewhat snarky intelligent personal assistant, and Siri runs on about a billion devices these days, but doesn’t get used much. Why not? Siri doesn’t do much. Frankly, none of these voice controlled assistants do much.
To be fair, each of the so-called personal intelligent assistants– Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, and Amazon Alexa– are more full of parlor tricks than practical applications.
What’s the problem? Technology.
This is where modern technology sometimes slows to a crawl and every advancement can be measured in tiny increments. Siri listens better, but behaves more like an elementary school student, and doesn’t have much action to back up the hype. Competitor assistants face a similar problem. Why? The technology to integrate Siri commands throughout an operating system, and within specific applications is an enormous undertaking that threatens borders on the insanely complex. And that’s just to get a little school girl-like digital assistant to talk to us and perform a few actions.
Siri and friends are still in elementary school.