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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 30th, 2012
Siri-ously communicating with machines

I remember when my phone and car didn’t talk to me.

Now, I have regular conversations with them. The Edge and iPhone have familiar voices. Maybe Siri moonlights for Ford. I read that Samantha is the voice of Ford. I bet they’re twins.

If you haven’t met Siri yet, you must find someone with an Apple iPhone and speak to her. I have. Siri said she couldn’t help me with my voicemail setup. Then, I started my voicemail setup, and there she was asking how she could help me. Her interruptions negated the setup, so I shouted, “Go away!”

Siri, to my surprise, answered, “What did I do to deserve that?”

Well, that shut me up in a hurry. Another conversation ended in Siri saying, “If you can’t; you can’t.” She also often says, “I can’t help you with that.” But Siri did send an email to my son as I asked, and Siri looked up an address for me, as instructed. I’m sure when I learn the capabilities, we’ll get along just fine.

I communicate easily with Samantha from Ford, although she does scare the daylights out of me when out of the blue, she asks, “Would you like to run a vehicle report now?”

I do not communicate well with our Sony Internet TV. It does not speak, but I wish it would listen. We hadn’t bought a TV since the 1990s. If you follow this blog, you know that the TV frequently updates itself and makes you wait to watch anything.  It never just turns on. Still.

Soon, TVs will understand voice commands. Dragon TV is already flipping channels via voice commands, according to the New York Times. Dragon does not talk back, but if it could, I think it would sound mysteriously familiar — like Siri. Or Samantha.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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