Siri – My Private Secretary

Barry and I were teenagers when we became Star Trek fans.  I was especially intrigued by all the futuristic technology, like Captain Kirk talking to the Admiral on earth and seeing him in real time on a large monitor. And everyone remembers those famous  words "beam me up Scotty."

Almost 46 years have passed since the first episode.  We may not be able to beam anywhere but we can see and speak with our friends and family on our computers smartphones and tablets all over the world, using programs such as Skype. And now they have given us our own personal computerized secretary on the IPhone 4S, whose name is Siri.

Unlike programs like Dragon you do not have to train Seri to recognize your voice. Just speak into your phone in your natural voice and tell Siri what you want it to do. The more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorize your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands.

Siri writes and sends email messages and texts, searches the Internet  for anything you need to know, plays the music you want to hear, gives you directions , places calls, schedules meetings, helps you remember, wakes you up, sends text messages, schedules meetings, places phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking in your natural voice. If it needs more information to complete a task it will ask you questions.   Siri could not understand one of my first commands and  thought I said I love you.  Was I taken back what it answered, “I love you too, but what do you want me to do.”

Siri uses almost all the built-in apps on the iPhone 4S. Below is a list of those apps and services that Siri works with worldwide:

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