Friday, December 23, 2011

What if Siri went bad?

There are many stories of computers going wild, such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Colossus: The Forbin Project." Rogue computers have even appeared on TV series such as "Star Trek." Now, the big question: what if Apple's Siri turned evil?

It's the question behind a new "movie trailer" by Rooster Teeth. It reminds us of any number of horror films.

A few notable quotes:
  • Apple retail store employee: "The water damage voids your warranty."
  • Apparent detective: "Its not water. It's blood."
  • Gift recipient: "Hey, does anyone have a knife."
  • Siri: "There's an app for that."
  • Victim: "Let me go!"
  • Siri: "Sorry, I don't understand." (the servers must be down again)
  • Potential Victim 1: "I think it's dead."
  • Potential Victim 2: "You killed it?"
  • Potential Victim 1: "No. I forgot to plug it in last night."
Certainly, there are few missed cliches, and the concept reminds us a lot of One Missed Call (the much, much better Japanese trilogy; or the U.S. version).

It makes you wonder if you really want to get that Siri feature ported to your iPhone 4, doesn't it?

Siri is Apple's new voice recognition system for the iPhone 4S (only). It uses natural language, and though some have noted it's wrong quite a bit of the time, it's also Apple's main differentiating factor between the iPhone 4 and 4S.

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