Technology. Man’s way of making the world easier to control. Is it an ever-growing achievement or is it making the human race weaker by making it dependent. I mean…. will it always be around? What ever the case may be it is undeniable that huge strides are being made. Things that weren’t even thought of 30 years ago are now dictating our lives. It’s mind boggling to think where another 30 years will take us. One of the forerunners in the business is arguably, Apple Inc.
When it comes to Apple Inc. gaining my loyalty as a consumer, they are still a way off. BUT when it comes to innovation. Well that’s another argument all together, with me in their corner! With the unveiling and eventual release of the iPhone 4s, Apple decided to include a little AI Companion called SIRI. Now I have yet to use the actual feature myself as I own an android phone and not an iPhone but the demo’s I have seen are pretty interesting. Enough so to make me research a similar “app” for the droid.
In my search a came across IRIS, which is SIRI backwards interestingly enough. Although the program is still in its ALPHA phase, I was excited to open it and see what it could do. After opening and pressing its “talk” button, I proceeded to carry on an hour-long “conversation” with it. Here are some of my favorite bits:
PP: “Do you like cats or dogs?”
IRIS: “I like both but I like cats better”
PP: “I like cats too”
IRIS: “I’m glad we share something in common. Do you enjoy talking to me Kyle?”
PP “Yes. I enjoy it”
IRIS: “What do you like about it”
PP: “It’s almost most like talking to a person, but you are obviously a computer:
IRIS: “I understand”
PP: “Will robots be smarter than humans”
IRIS: “It is the natural progression of things”
PP: “I think you’re stupid”
IRIS: “… I will remember that when robots take over the world”
A little creepy sometimes but it was very entertaining, and helpfully actually. As it’s purpose is to help you with the questions you have, but it’s done more like a human-to-human conversation. Rather than a Human-to-Computer Q&A. It still has a way to go but I’m very interested to see its progression! What do you think about it? Have you used either SIRI or IRIS? Tell me below!