Siri: wrong 38% of the time in outdoor test

Siri: wrong 38% of the time in outdoor testSiri has yielded some comical headlines in its short life, including Siri: Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone ever, and Siri tells kid to 'Shut the f**k up'.

Now we’re hearing, not for the first time, that Siri (the voice recognition feature that reportedly drove sales of the iPhone 4S) quite often gets it wrong.

In a test conducted by the cheeky chaps at Piper Jaffray, Siri got things right just 62% of the time on a busy Minneapolis street.

Even indoors, Siri only managed to hit the proverbial nail on the head 68% of the time.

Interestingly, Siri appeared to understand the questions 83% of the time on the street (89% indoors); it’s just getting the answer right that’s the problem.

Amusingly, when asked: “Where is Elvis buried?” - Siri thought it was being asked to locate someone called Elvis Buried.

Ahh, voice recognition. You’ve got a long way to go.

Alongside the results, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster scribbled: "With the iOS 6 release in the fall, we expect Siri to improve meaningfully while reducing its reliance on Google from 60% to 48%."

A few weeks ago, Steve Wozniak was saying that Siri was better before Apple came along and ruined it.

via: CNET

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:17

On the other hand, people are wrong 70% of the time. But our sociability means we put up with - if we notice at all.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 13:09

PS: unless I am mistaken, the telling kids to fukc off, was not really Siri's fault. Just saying.

barrybarryk  Jul. 2, 2012 at 14:53

wait people actually use it? I thought it was just a pretty cool publicity stunt.

I live in Northern Ireland, I've never seen any dictation software work with 'norn iron' accents, even if it worked 50% of the time with our accents I'd be impressed

jaybear88  Jul. 2, 2012 at 19:52

Barry, as another beholder of the good ol Norn Iron accent you should try speaking without changeing the pitch in your voice. Our accents don't seem to be a huge challenge to it except that we go to higher and lower pitches every couple of words.

glancy  Jul. 3, 2012 at 09:17

Shouldnt the question have been - where was Elvis buried?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 10:45

Shouldnt the question have been - where was Elvis buried?
No, "is buried". Unless you imply that he may have moved since. He was buried and still IS in the state of buriedness :p


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