Salvador Rodriguez June 18, 2012
Steve Woziniak ... a critic of Siri . Photo: Nic Walker
Steve Wozniak used to tell all his friends about Siri. Now he's disappointed that Siri seems to have dumbed down.
Wozniak, one of Apple's cofounders, laid out his criticisms of Siri on Wednesday during an interview, and he did not hold back.
The Woz said he first used Siri when it was a standalone third-party app on iOS and said he thought Siri was the future.
"I said 'What are the five largest lakes in California?' and it came up one, two, three four five - shocked me," Wozniak said, according to the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union. "And then I said, 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and it came up starting with 91. That's pretty incredible."
But Apple purchased Siri in 2010 and re-released it as its own feature in late 2011. Since the day Apple bought Siri, it's only gone straight down, Wozniak says, adding a thumbs-down for emphasis in the video.
"I'd say, 'What are the five largest lakes in California?' and it would have all these lakefront properties selling," Wozniak said. "And I'd say 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and [Siri would answer], like, 'prime rib.'"
"A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo," Wozniak said, according to the Times Union report.
Asked how the drop in quality happened, Wozniak said he'd like to know and added that he was very disappointed.
"It still had a lot of those problems, but it should be smart enough to look at the words you say and know what you're asking," he said.
But Wozniak hasn't lost hope.
"I'm really disappointed, but it is still a mark to where the future is," he said. "I think that voice recognition on all the platforms is going to get better, better, better at putting together complete sentences and phrases, and you know, what did a human really mean."
Los Angeles Times