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Sorry, Siri: in Canada you kinda suck, eh

Siri is Apple’s new personal assistant on the iPhone 4S. It’s artificial intelligence: fairly good understanding of natural human speech, plus context awareness.

And it’s pretty cool: I’ve used it to send texts, set reminders that activate when I leave or arrive from locations like home or work, and get data like how far away the moon is, or how much the US dollar is worth, or what the atomic weight of uranium is.

But I also want to use Siri for local search: finding a great place to eat, or a nice hotel, or traffic conditions, directions to Rogers Arena, or how far it is to Whistler, BC.

Unfortunately, Siri doesn’t know anything about Canada yet.
That means that Siri is much less useful in Canada than it could otherwise be.

I’m sure the situation is temporary … it will go away as soon as Apple signs up partners in Canada for local data. The more data available, the smarter Siri will get:

  • restaurants
  • hotels
  • venues
  • events
  • hotels
  • flights
  • traffic

In short, all businesses and events. Eventually, perhaps, even local product data: availability, pricing, sales, etc.

Eventually, with partners, you should be able to order tickets to a game, book reservations at a restaurant, and set up a flight to Montreal … all via Siri. More on that in an earlier blog post. And it’s not all dreaming either: this is all part of the early vision behind Siri.

I just want it all, and I want it now. In Canada, too.

The USS Enterprise is arriving

Ever wanted to be Captain Kirk and get just about any information by talking to your computer? Come on, we all have.

Now, thanks to Apple’s Siri technology on the iPhone 4S, we can:

A couple caveats:

  • I’m not sure if I want to keep pressing that button … can’t I just have a conversation?
  • It’ll be interesting to see how this works in public situations … on transit, etc.
  • You better have your personal data in order … who your mom is, who your brother is, etc.
  • If you have a strong accent … this could get interesting

But it’s pretty freakishly impressive already. Can’t wait to get my hands on one ASAP.

Uh, oh: voice recognition in Scotland

How will Apple’s new Siri voice recognition assistant work in Scotland? Ireland? How about for our own Newfoundlanders in Canada?

I wonder how Bostonians will do? Hard-core New Yorkers? This is going to be fun (for some of us) and torture (for the rest).

Of course, it’s all a standard American English hegemonic imperial plot.

I can’t wait to try it.