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Siri as the new Newton

Houston Chronicle tech guru Dwight Silverman on the growing body of complaints about Sirius, the much hyped digital assistant on the iPhone 4S:

The risk Apple runs by doing this, of course, is that Siri’s “rough edges” taint the product to the point that it’s hard to market it as something magical when Apple TV finally hits, supposedly late next year. All it takes is for Siri to become the butt of late-night talk show hosts’ jokes, and suddenly Siri is the new Newton.

-TechBlog, December 6, 2011

Mat Honan seems to have ignited this most recent wave with his post yesterday:

And so when I first saw the ads for Siri, I expected something remarkable, like I always do with Apple products. The first true consumer-grade AI. Can you imagine how amazing it would be to have a real intelligent assistant on your phone?

After playing with Siri for more than a month, I'm still waiting to find out. Instead of an intelligent assistant I found a lie, and worse, a broken promise.

-Gizmodo, December 5, 2011

It doesn't help that using the iPhone's reminders app when Siri is not working is a truly awful user experience.

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