Friday, October 26, 2012

Thanks, Siri

I've gotten into the habit of having Siri do minor stuff for me. Sometimes she works fine, other times... not so much.

Last night I had a marketing interview, which finished ahead of schedule. So as I got in my car I picked up the phone and said "Siri, send a text to Mrs. Grumpy: I'm done, the interview went fast."

Upon getting home I found out she received "I'm done. The interviewer and I went to France."

24 comments:

Momcat said...

That had me laughing out loud. Talk about lost in translation. Are you sure Siri isn't French...

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Grumpy was waiting for you with a baseball bat? Or does she use Siri as well and is thus familiar with the many quirks or Siri?

Andy Syms said...

ROTFL!!!

Chinese Whispers Apple style.

Anonymous said...

So she didn't have dinner waiting for you then?

Library-Gryffon said...

Ha! It's the audio version of "damn you, autocorrect!"

Anonymous said...

so how was your trip to France? did you need to sleep on the couch last night when you were back from your trip?

Anonymous said...

Voice recognition software guarantees me a job.

MT Pam

Richard Lawson said...

Egg freckles?

http://www.geekculture.com/images/eggfreckles.gif

Anonymous said...

joie de vi·vre

Stacey Gordon said...

Now you know how the radiologists feel when they have to dictate all their cases with VR

mostly cajun said...

Sow! Was she surprised when you actually came home?

MC

Mari-Ann said...

Well, the Corcorde is out of business. How did you pull that off?

Moose said...

You would think that someone who uses and has regular problems with a voice-to-computer dictating software would know better than to trust something like Siri.

But, nooooo. Some people just never learn.

Ms. Donna said...

Moose is right. For an allegedly smart Yak Herder,you keep trusting the gremlins who live in your phone. And in the dictating software.

What is it about people who keep hitting their thumbs w/ hammers?

BTW, I am sure Mrs. Grumpy had a sense of humor about it, but a stint on the couch is in order.

Crazy RxMan said...

I'm thinking it was better than "I'm done. The interviewer and I lost our pants."

gena said...

Siri, brought to you by the creators of Dragon Dictate.

Charles said...

Hey, be kind to Siri! I'm a person and I still hear things wrong.

For a long time I could not understand why Creedence Clearwater Revival was singing "there's a bathroom on the right."

Years later I learned that the actual lyrics are "there's a bad moon on the rise" - oh, okay, that makes much more sense.

Anonymous said...

OK, so now you owe Mrs. Grumpy a nice trip to France. It makes for a good story and very funny.

Steeny Lou said...

I see mentions of voice recognition on here. As a medical transcriber, I must say a bit about how VR is killing our "industry".

I have not personally experienced it, but I have started a few online groups for medical transcribers over the years (we need the support, like, "Hi, my name is Steeny, and I'm a medical transcriber"...) and there are hundreds of MTs suffering loss of pay due to VR.

Many MTs working from home as "independent contractors" for MTSOs (medical transcription service organizations, for those who don't know) have taken huge pay cuts when their accounts switched to VR.

I suppose somebody assumes it to be less work to clean up the VR errors, so the amount paid is less, but, in fact, it turns out more often than not to be MORE work as it is not as fast as straight typing, with all the jumping around on the page one has to do to get to the parts that need fixing.

I know there are a lot of MTs who follow Dr. Grumpy's blog. Maybe some reading this can comment further as to how frustrated we have become in our backwards-directed income levels due to VR.

I know VR isn't the only culprit. There is also off-continent outsourcing competing for our income, but that's a whole other topic.

I offer my humble Canadian apologies for the change in subject here, Dr. Grumpy, but it is such a huge issue for us MTs, I had to say something.

Steeny Lou said...

And I'm with Charles about mishearing CCR lyrics.... even though they've been one of my favorite bands since my teen years, it took me decades to figure out what Fogerty was saying in some of their songs!

Li'l Azathoth said...

It's a natural mistake. After all, if the ads are to be believed, iPhone users are the kind of people who are always jetting off to Europe with their new friends. Did Siri also book you a room in the Hotel de Crillon and dinner at Joel Robuchon?

Anonymous said...

Voice recognition - like getting a haircut from a vending machine....

Kyla said...

Haha! Too funny!

Tee said...

Siri really should be more discreet next time.

 
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