I recently became the owner of an Ipad Mini which includes the popular personal butler of sorts, Siri. Siri can be asked just about any question from driving directions to a recommendation for a restaurant in an unfamiliar city and provide a response.
Our first attempt at utilizing Siri came up a little short when she had trouble deciphering my daughter’s southern drawl. I can’t recall the question, but Siri finally announced, “I’m having trouble understanding you,” after repeated attempts to rephrase our need for information.
My most recent attempt at using Siri was for driving directions to a fire my photographer was trying to locate. Somewhere in my attempt to get Siri to understand me I chuckled to which Siri replied, “I’m glad you think it’s funny.”
A roar of laughter filled the office. We didn’t get the directions we needed, but Siri certainly gave us a laugh with her spunky attitude.
In a recent attempt to locate information on the search engine, Google, I received an error message that read something like this: “Your search has ended unsuccessfully. Check your email address and try it again, stupid.” Really, did a computer just call me stupid?
Users of the popular Wii Fit can attest to the attitude in the female voice of the computer fitness program. One user I know, who at best needs to lose 10 pounds, had the game’s personal trainer exclaim, “Oooohhhh,” when she stepped on the game and had her weight recorded. Her weight was then announced and the female voice rated her as “obese.”
I would likely get only a short use out of the Wii game, so I’m steering clear. I doubt I could control my need to shred it into a thousand pieces and hurl it into traffic along Highway 68 in front of my house.
I don’t know about you, but I get my fill of attitude from regular old people every day. Do we really need our electronic devices making smirky, insensitive and rude comments to us also? n