Siri is an iPhone app that is as close to being a “virtual assistant” as anything I’ve seen out there. It won’t put together spreadsheets, edit documents, or cook for you but it looks like Siri could definitely make one’s life easier in numerous ways. Right now it’s only available for iPhone, not Android or Blackberry but I’m sure that’s in the works. It works with voice recognition and supposedly remembers things you’ve said to it on previous occasions.
Here are are just a few of the things Siri can do:
- Make restaurant reservations for you
- Buy movie tickets for you
- Do research about happenings in your city
- Help call you a cab (in cities other than NY)
It’s all voice activated and can even understand slurred words. Maybe for the next iteration, you can say things like “Siri, find me a job.” or “Siri, Sort out my codependency issues”. Well, maybe not. Even a human assistant can’t do the latter. It is pretty cool though. This video sums it up. Download Siri or Visit the Siri Website for more info.
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