If you have an iPhone then you have probably already met Siri, the virtual personal assistant that comes with your iPhone and asks you what you need done. Siri is much handier than say, the Microsoft paper clip on word, and that’s because Siri can actually communicate with your voice-to-voice.
You can ask Siri for assistance without having to type anything in. Instead, you can use your voice to send messages, schedule appointments or place phone calls. What is most amazing about the Siri system is that this actually remembers and learns your natural speech, figuring out precisely what you want. Unlike most other voice recognition apps or programs, Siri can also ask your questions to clarify information. Siri takes advantage of the new iPhone’s dual-core A5 process chip as well as WI-FI and 3G technology.
The question is, what can Siri do and what are some tips on using this system? To start, you must hold down the home button and wait for the beeps. At that point, Siri appears. Begin speaking and make sure the microphone icon is on so that you know you are being heard. You can see the text of what you just said on your screen.
If you really want to make Siri earn its keep and help you out, then make sure to use the iPhone regularly, since Siri actually uses the information you leave behind to figure out your requests. For instance, Siri uses contact information, calendar information and can even scan your music library. Siri can be a secretary or even a research assistant, as it can search the web for you and find local information. Siri works with all of your Apple-sanctioned apps and can actually figure out which apps will best provide you with the information you need.
What about the common complaint that Siri doesn’t seem to understand some words or names? To prevent this, it is best to use phonetic names. This is done by opening the contact, choosing edit and then choosing “add field.” You can choose the Phonetic (First or Last) Name field and then write out the name precisely how it sounds.
It also helps tremendously to identify relationships to Siri, that is, by entering all profile information of your contacts and then confirming how each one relates to the other. Last but not least, don’t yell. Unlike those IVR systems on the phone, Siri actually listens to your natural voice. If your volume is increased or overly formal, it may not work as well.
Siri is one of the best leaps forward in terms of mainstream artificial intelligence. Do a little preparation work and this bot will be a very handy co-worker.