Google on Siri

Google’s Andy Rubin, during the AsiaD conference this week, says that smartphones should not become your assistant. He may be saying his thoughts on Apple’s newest feature, the voice-assistant, Siri.

Rather, he said, it should be seen and used as a tool because “you shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.”

Apple’s Siri has been the object of great fascination for many in the short time since it burst onto the scene. People have used it to sing duets, to muse on the meaning of life, and to break into a locked iPhone 4S. They’ve speculated about its (her) personality and whether it will ruin our civil society.

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