The Siri app for iPhone went live today on the iTunes store. See the demo video!
The press was pretty good. Robert Scoble said “If you miss Siri you will miss the future of the web”. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Techcrunch, and many others praised the new way of using your phone.
Users were curious, and liked what they found. The app went to the top of its category in the iTunes store in less than 48 hours.
Siri is the most useful thing I’ve seen so far this year.
Siri Inc., whose technology was born out of the largest artificial-intelligence project ever launched, has released an application for the iPhone that company executives say will take voice-activated search to a new level.
Thanks to this terrific new app, my iPhone just got a little bit smarter and a lot more helpful….Best of all, it’s free.
As you can see, using Siri is a lot like talking to a really, really well-informed friend….It understands plain English commands, which can be spoken or typed (e.g., “Get me tickets to that Matt Damon movie”). It remembers personal details, so you never have to tell it more than once where, for example, “my office,” and “my house” are.
Do you ever wish you could just ask your iPhone to do things for you instead of using all those applications? Why can’t we just talk to our phones instead of pressing all those virtual keys? Well now, there’s an app for that.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” said Arthur C. Clarke. And that’s what Siri, a new virtual personal assistant that’s finally going live in the App Store after some sneak peeks last year, is going for.
Siri combines an impressive array of technologies and brings them together on the iPhone. These include natural language processing and semantic analysis.
This is intended for everyone to help in their menial tasks,” Mr. Kittlaus said, “not just for someone in a corner office.”
Siri translates the request into “inexpensive Italian restaurants with open tables for 2 tomorrow at 7:00pm,” then returns a list of nearby restaurants in the appropriate price range from reservation service OpenTable.
Siri guides the user along a path, making query formulation iterative and relatively painless, and ensuring that the application gets the information it needs.
For decades, many have dreamed of having a virtual assistant to answer our questions and do our bidding.
Imagine if you could just talk to you phone and tell it to call you a taxi, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or tell you what the weather in New York City will be like tomorrow. If you have an iPhone, you will be able to start doing that tonight.
Siri helps people get things done by combining intelligent voice recognition with hooks into tons of different web services, making it easy for people to use their mobile devices to get things done.