Apple intros new Siri ‘personal assistant’ for iPhone 4S

October 5, 2011
Siri for iPhone 4S

Siri for iPhone 4S (credits Apple)

Holding down the “home” button on the new iPhone 4S, available in the U.S. starting on October 14, summons a “personal assistant” known as Siri that can understand commands given in English, French, or German, says Technology Review. It responds in a conversational style in both text and synthesized speech.

Siri also draws online sources of information, from weather feeds to local business reviews, as well as the question-and-answer search engine WolframAlpha, and uses calendar, contacts, music and everything else on the phone as resources.

AI developer Dr. Ben Goertzel reviewed a pre-Apple version of Siri in February, concluding that it “may be very useful for carrying out a very limited set of very specific functionalities [but] … it’s not anything like a real assistant.” We asked him for an update for the new Apple version when it’s available.

Also see:
Forget the new iPhone, let’s talk Siri (New Scientist)
Siri-ous Mind Blowing: Video Evidence Of Appleā€™s Prophetic Past — Circa 1987 (TechCrunch)