Social Intelligence

May 3, 2012

Siri may not be the smartest AI in the world, but it’s the most socially adept.

Me: “Should I go to bed, Siri?”

Siri: “I think you should sleep on it.

It’s hard not to admire a smart-aleck reply like that. Siri—the “intelligent personal assistant” built into Apple’s iPhone 4S—often displays this kind of attitude, especially when asked a question that pokes fun at its artificial intelligence. But the answer is not some snarky programmers’ joke. It’s a crucial part of why Siri works so well.

MIT Technology Review