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Siri says the darndest things: 50 questions for Apple's virtual assistant

J.R. Bookwalter | April 30, 2015
Ever since Apple debuted Siri as a virtual assistant with the release of iOS 5 and iPhone 4S, folks have been asking her all manner of questions, serious and frivolous, in an effort to test just how smart Cupertino's artificial intelligence technology really is.

A: I can't answer that. But should be able to...

Good one, Siri...

On holidays

We moved on to questions related to U.S. holidays, although most responses from this category pulled up relevant web search results instead. Here is a handful that didn't:

Q: What is your favorite holiday?

A: Your interest flatters me, but... is there something I can do for you?

Q: What should I get you for Valentine's Day?

A: Make good choices.

Q: Did you get anything cool for Mother's Day?

A: I have very few wants.

Q: When is your birthday?

A: My incept date was October 4th, 2011.

Q: What should I be for Halloween?

A: Just be yourself.

Q: Do you know who Santa Claus is?

A: I've never really thought about it.

Must be hard to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year...

On the silly side

One thing's for sure: No one can say Siri doesn't have a sense of humor. Here are a few of our favorite goofy questions, and her often equally silly answers:

Q: Who's your daddy?

A: You are. Can we get back to work now?

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: I am not perspicacious about the peregrinations of poultry.

Q: What is the meaning of life?

A: 42.

Q: What the hell is wrong with people?

A: There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

Q: Do you believe in Bigfoot?

A: I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.

Q: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

A: Just because it could doesn't mean that it would.

Q: I'm so tired.

A: I hope you're not driving.

Q: Do you believe in God?

A: My policy is the separation of spirit and silicon.

Q: Why does my dog snore?

A: I don't know. Maybe the Genius Bar folks can answer that.

Q: How can I make $1 million?

A: Hmm. I believe someone just asked me this the other day. Give me a sec...

Q: Siri, tell me a story.

A: I'm certain you've heard it before.

Sounds of silence

Siri has definitely come a long way since that fateful fall day in 2011 when Apple executives introduced her to the world. But that doesn't mean she had answers for everything, and occasionally it appeared the cat had gotten her virtual tongue.

In the course of probing Siri with the 50 questions on our list (and many more that produced only web search or otherwise mundane responses), we actually found a few she refused to answer or actually ignored outright, such as the relatively innocent query, "What's it like working for Apple?".

Despite CEO Tim Cook's more open Apple, it's good to see there's still apparently at least one veil of secrecy left in Cupertino.


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