No, Women's Voices Are Not Easier to Understand Than Men's Voices

The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true. » 2/05/15 4:47pm 2/05/15 4:47pm

What If Siri Really, Really Hates Her Job?

What if Siri were actually a being with thoughts and feelings—and a growing sense of frustration every time someone says something moronic into their iPhone? This short animation goes inside your phone to show what Siri really thinks about us and her role as a computerized servant. » 12/03/14 5:30pm 12/03/14 5:30pm

Siri's deranged synopses of science fiction films prove that she'll be…

It has been said that Apple's Siri is an important precursor to more advanced intelligent personal assistants. Eventually, it's thought, we'll be able to have actual conversations with these sorts of AI, and possibly even relationships. But as Laura June of The Verge has recently pointed out, Siri is not to be trusted… » 10/05/12 7:25am 10/05/12 7:25am

A conversation between Siri and a Furby is like listening to HAL 9000…

From the same school of AI versus AI rib-tickling that brought you existentially ornery Cleverbots: some rousing logorrhea between a new-school smart phone and an old-school creepy fad. Next up, a TomTom tending to a Tamagotchi. » 11/05/11 2:35pm 11/05/11 2:35pm