It is no shock to me that “Siri” is Norwegian for “Beautiful Woman that leads you to Victory.”
The application, released on iPhones is described as a personal assistant and knowledge navigator. If more Managers thought of their Personal Assistants in this sense (and I mean the Norwegian meaning), I daresay there would be a lot more happy PA’s out there!
I picked up the iPhone 5 today. I was putting it off even though my contract had expired. I was happy with my iPhone 4, but thought with a little one on the way and potential destruction machine, it may be handy to have one fully working / non smashed device spare. It wasn’t until I got home that I remembered that Siri was part of the upgrade. I had downloaded the new software on my iPad but didn’t use Siri other than to have a laugh now and then, whereas having the software on my phone made more sense to me; being able to add calendar reminders and dictate messages on my phone, which is with me all the time.
When I first heard of Siri, it freaked me out. I’ve seen the movie I, Robot and I know how this ends! We don’t need electronic equipment to be this clever surely?!
The more I investigated what Siri could do, the more I was made to feel a bit redundant. This app allows you to dictate messages and emails, will call contacts for you, will tell you the weather of the place you are travelling to and will add reminders to your calendar, meaning you can remember everything. And I thought Evernote was good! But does this not sound familiar? This sounds like what I do for a living! And i was really excited about it. I wanted to tell my Manager about it, so it would make his life even easier, i.e. “Send my PA a message advising a need a reminder to do x, y and z.”
However delayed I am on getting on this Siri bandwagon, I can’t help but think that it isn’t too long until Siri becomes the Virtual Assistant our Managers are looking for, efficient and inexpensive, and the real thing isn’t required. Do you agree?