31/12/2011

iPhone Tells Boy To Shut Up

Do you ever worry that technology will replace humans?

There's a story in the news of a 12-year-old but who was told to 'shut up' by iPhone's new Siri software. That's excellent. I don't have to be grumpy when surrounded by kids any more, there's an app for that.

Charlie Le Quesne was trying out the iPhone 4S at a Tesco store in Coventry. He asked it, "How many people are there in the world?" And Siri said, "Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***."

To be fair, the iPhone 4S has a good camera, so it was probably right.

And it was a stupid question. Even with the new operating system in the iPhone there's no way it could know exactly how many people are in the world. So it did what we all do when we think we'll look stupid, it lashed out.

This is a brave new world of technology we're heading into. In the old days when something went wrong with a computer you got the blue screen of death. Now when something goes wrong it swears at you. If it cost slightly more each month it would be just like a real girlfriend.

His mother Kim said: "I couldn't see the funny side."

Forget funny, it's useful. If you buy your child a phone that tells him to "shut the f*** up" you know he won't run up a large bill.

Staff told her that someone had tampered with the phone's set-up instructions. The Siri system addresses the phone's user by name – using information entered in its contact system. But someone had entered the obscene seven-word phrase as the user's name, so the phone blurted it out when it answered a question.

So you can teach an iPhone to swear at people? It's not replacing humans, it's replacing pet parrots.

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