Siri iPhone App Uses Speech-Recognition Technology To Organize Your Social Life

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You don't need that rumored Toshiba phone that "acts like a secretary," or even Maggie Gyllenhaal (though that would be nice), to have help when organizing your social life. Siri uses "speech recognition with a brain," according to its CEO.


To use the iPhone app, you just have to say aloud a command like "Book a table for six at 7pm at McDonalds" (I'm sure you're classier than that, but let's stick with it for now), and then using speech-recognition technology and the iPhone's GPS capabilities, your command is translated and processed by the app, responding with confirmation of booking—or lack of availability.

Siri, which has ties with Stanford Research Institude and DARPA, has collaborated with OpenTable, MovieTickets, StubHub, CitySearch and TaxiMagic to help with bookings and information, which pretty much wipes out the reason why you'd want to download any of those services' apps individually.

It's free to download on the iPhone now, but fear not, Android and BlackBerry users of the world—Siri plans on giving you a little phone secretary of your very own at some point. [Siri via NY Times]



These are the first steps of the future of web interaction and search.

The amount of information and means to access it are so many and so diverse that the average non-tech user has no idea about the majority of them (I still meet people who don't know about Yelp).

It will be tools like this, marketed to your regular joe/jane (it's a secretary!) which will allow non-tech people to access such information in a manner they will actually use.

Eventually aides like this will help students with research and citation, other education tools, and just about any web interaction for anyone.

I can particularly see this being useful for seniors who don't want to learn some new fangled interface (though I imagine the voice recognition and AI will probably need a couple more years of improvement to truly adapt to seniors).

Anyone read "Otherland" by Tad Williams? Siri is like the first generation version of Beezle Bug, the data retrieval AI with a personality. "He" exists as software on the net, dedicated to his owner's needs, and can manifest himself through any screen, VR interface, or even a small little robot for physical interaction ("fetch me a coffee!").