The Times Union reported yesterday that co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, ripped into voice recognition feature Siri and the company who bought it whist attending a farm dedicated to saving malnourished and neglected horses.
“A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo. I was using it to make reservations long before Apple bought it,” said Mr Wozniak.
Apparently he then told the crowd at the farm that Siri was better before it was acquired by Apple.
“I would say, ‘Siri, what are the five largest lakes in California?’ and it would come up, one, two, three, four, five. And I would ask ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and they would come up all in a row. Then Apple bought Siri’, said Wozniak, who apparently then did a massive thumbs down in front of the crowd.
“‘(Now it’s), what are the largest lakes in California?’ I’d get all these lakefront properties. And I’d say ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ And I’d get prime rib.”
Mr Wozniak remains hopeful for the future of voice recognition software, however.
“I’m really disappointed, but it’s still a market for the future,” Wozniak said. “I think voice recognition for all the platforms is going to get better and better and better at putting together complete sentences and phrases.”
Whether Apple continue to sit on that throne is doubtful.
I wonder whether there will be dark repercussions for Steve now that the cat’s out of the bag?
- Steve Wozniac says Siri is ‘poo-poo’ (ibnlive.in.com)
- Apple Co-Founder Not A Fan Of Apple Product (huffingtonpost.com)
- Steve Wozniak: Visits Horse, Disses Siri (pcmag.com)
- Woz: Siri’s gone downhill since Apple purchased it (neowin.net)
- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says company has ruined voice input (dailymail.co.uk)
- Wozniak says Siri worsened since Apple bought it (panarmenian.net)
- Woz thinks Siri was better before Apple, but still sees its future potential (imore.com)
- Wozniak: Siri Was Better Before Apple Bought It (mashable.com)
- Woz says Siri used to be way cooler before Apple bought it (bgr.com)
- Apple co-founder rips into own company (news.com.au)