Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. The engineers at Apple have also included a bunch of cool Easter eggs in the results.
For example, when Siri is asked “What’s the best phone?” it says, “Wait… there are other phones?” or when a person says “I love you” to Siri, she responds, “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, [NAME]”. When you ask her what her name is, she responds “My name is Siri, but you already knew that.” If you ask who made Siri, she responds “Like it says on the box, I was designed by Apple in California.” And this is only the beginning of a list of funny responses that has been uncovered pre-release.
But best of all, Siri responds to, and references, Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Details after the jump.
A couple days ago we posted a video in Page 2 where someone replaced the iPhone 4S’s Siri with Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey:
But it turns out that Siri does respond to at least one Hal 9000 reference. When you ask Siri to “Open the pod bay doors” she responds: “We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently.”
She also responds to the question “What is the meaning of life?” with a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Here is a screenshot:
You can watch these two responses in action in the following video from MacWorld. Skip to the 5:15 mark:
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