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Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

• Wired.com
Instead they focused on an unusual new feature: an intelligent assistant, dubbed Siri. At first Siri, endowed with a female voice, seemed almost human in the way she understood what you said to her and responded, an advance in artificial intelligence that seemed to place us on a fast track to the Singularity. She was brilliant at fulfilling certain requests, like "Can you set the alarm for 6:30?" or "Call Diane's mobile phone." And she had a personality: If you asked her if there was a God, she would demur with deft wisdom. "My policy is the separation of spirit and silicon," she'd say.

Over the next few months, however, Siri's limitations became apparent. Ask her to book a plane trip and she would point to travel websites?but she wouldn't give flight options, let alone secure you a seat. Ask her to buy a copy of Lee Child's new book and she would draw a blank, despite the fact that Apple sells it.

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