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Siri Updated to Respond to Long Questions With Quotes on Brevity

Apple has quietly given Siri the ability to answer user responses with quotes, citing famous passages from notable people like William Strunk and Thomas Jefferson. First noticed by iLounge, the quotes are used when Siri is asked a question that is excessively long, tactfully reminding the user of the value of brevity.

When Siri is given a request that is too lengthy, she will now respond with one of several different quotes that suggest that the user shorten the question. For example, one quote from Thomas Jefferson reads, "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."

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Siri has a range of different quotes in her repertoire, including one from the 1970's television show MASH.

It is unknown when the change to Siri was implemented, but a Reddit thread from last week appears to contain the first known instance of the phrasing, suggesting that Siri's new quoting ability was added within the last week or two.

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18 months ago
Instead of updating Siri to understand long senescence, they instead make her more quirky. Nice!
Rating: 34 Votes
18 months ago
I can Google for help over dial-up faster than Siri can answer my questions.

It's been in beta since 2011. Why can't Apple make it faster?

Google's voice search seemed to come out of no where and is way better than Siri, already.
Rating: 21 Votes
18 months ago

Instead of updating Siri to understand long senescence, they instead make her more quirky. Nice!


Exactly.

Google's voice search is years ahead of Siri (isn't it STILL in 'beta' :rolleyes:).
Rating: 18 Votes
18 months ago

Exactly.

Google's voice search is years ahead of Siri (isn't it STILL in 'beta' :rolleyes:).


I really don't understand comments like this.

Just because it's a little bit quicker, and has slightly better voice recognition, people are making over-the-top statements like this.

In my experience, Siri answers a much broader range of questions, gives far more comprehensive and in-depth answers (à la Wolfram alpha), has better natural-language processing, and has some nice easter eggs in it.

I value those more than slightly faster response times and slightly better voice recognition.
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
Nothing more than a parlor trick.
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago

Instead of updating Siri to understand long senescence, they instead make her more quirky. Nice!


Understandable but the problem with humans is, they talk too much. Many times I completely ignore a post that is laden with endless text. Siri and Google voice are only suppose to assist simple questions, not address soliloquies. :)
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago
I use Siri a lot when dictating text messages... The other day when I tried to dictate a long one that was important she gave me some stupid quote telling me to try again in fewer words. I didn't think it was cute or cool, I found it obnoxious and infuriating that Apple cant handle the data so they come up with a stupid way to try and be silly about it. This is stupid, not helpful.

Apple engineers: CHANGE THIS.
Rating: 12 Votes
18 months ago
Siri is useless I never use it, from 10 questions-9 times I can search web for it
Rating: 11 Votes
18 months ago

Understandable but the problem with humans is, they talk too much. Many times I completely ignore a post that is laden with endless text. Siri and Google voice are only suppose to assist simple questions, not address soliloquies. :)


Ridiculous. Not everyone has a short attention span. I read long posts, books even. Siri and Google's voice recognition adapt to humans, not the other way around. Good luck with the future of Siri by requiring people to dumb everything down to 'simple questions'.
Rating: 10 Votes
18 months ago
Why didn't they just make Siri respond to long sentences?
Rating: 9 Votes

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