Apple’s Siri Learns New Jokes – Mac Rumors

Apple appears to have recently updated Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod with a slew of new jokes to tell. Based on reports on Twitter and from MacRumors readers, the new jokes started rolling out earlier this month.

When you ask Siri a question like “tell me a joke” on an iOS device, Mac, or the HomePod, Siri has dozens of fresh responses to share with you.

Apple seems to spend a lot of time honing Siri’s snark and humor, and much less time getting it to work for the things people want to use it for. It’s useless for me in playing music, because it doesn’t recognize many of the artists and albums I want to play. For many other tasks, it either fails or gets things wrong. I no longer trust it for anything other than setting reminders when I’m cooking, setting an alarm, or setting a timer. And even then, I have to check to make sure it gets things right.

Source: Apple’s Siri Learns New Jokes – Mac Rumors

3 thoughts on “Apple’s Siri Learns New Jokes – Mac Rumors

  1. Im happy with siri. She makes all my calls for me, it did take some time for me to remembered just how i entered the name/business in my phone book but once i got my head around that e erything was jake.
    Reminders, appointment are always entered by siri. I use the timer a lot too. She often has trouble when i want to start a book since she always looks in itunes and Apple moved the audiobooks out of itunes and i play them in the Audible app. But all in all i use siri a lot.
    She is great on the AirPods, which i love. Today i expect delivery of a series 3 apple watch. That will be fun.
    Im sorry your relationship is rocky with Siri.

  2. I’m not so sure Apple is spending more time on jokes and snark for Siri, but, rather, that those refinements are easier to implement so they roll out more quickly than other, more substantive, changes. The Siri team is not small and I suspect they are working on a number of issues at any given time.

    I can think of two benefits of rolling out the expanded joke capabilities:
    1. It provides easily demonstrable evidence that Apple continues working on Siri.
    2. Giving an AI the ability to crack jokes makes many users (even if not you) feel more comfortable with the technology.

  3. To me is a more a library of canned responses than AI responding.

    One still has to learn how to speak to Siri, rather than Siri learning how to listen to the man.

    I still use Siri on a regular basis, but she is pretty much dead in the water for many of the daily tasks I think she should be able to handle by now.

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