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2012-06-20 10:06:51 AM
Actually, I think Google stands to benefit from a Siri-like competitor way more than Apple stands to benefit from it.

With the upcoming release of Google Glass, they're going to need some sort of alternate means of control for the Glass and it's just plain unfeasible to expect a person to do all the kind of things augmented reality glasses without some sort of digital assistant. I mean, you can't do everything with a trackpad and head-nodding.
 
2012-06-20 10:35:37 AM
It makes total sense to develop something like this. Humanizing technology is a huge push that will make our tech better and easier to use.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-06-20 10:48:57 AM
I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?
 
2012-06-20 11:34:48 AM
correction: Google looks to expand on their voice mining operations that started with Google 411 back in 2007 and continued with Google voice
 
2012-06-20 12:22:18 PM
They should make a Siri....with attitude!

"biatch, you know that's rain that you hear. Look out the farking window. You're going to make some poor delivery boy drive all the way out to the Hills to bring you tomato soup? And why haven't you gotten naked in any movies yet? The clock is ticking."

"What the fark am I hearing? How many ounces in a cup? Let the what chill? You're Jules Winfield, motherfarker! Act like it."

"Okay John, you're just creeping me out. I'm shutting down. Loved you in Con Air."
 
2012-06-20 12:23:47 PM
Why is this a fail, trollmitter? Are you an Apple loving fanboy douchehat?
 
2012-06-20 12:24:41 PM

vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?


The same number that believe Apple created the first mp3 player and touch screen phone.
 
2012-06-20 12:25:16 PM
Ask Ziggy
 
2012-06-20 12:33:08 PM

vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?


They probably think apple created Siri as well.
 
2012-06-20 12:36:00 PM

vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?


mos.totalfilm.com
 
2012-06-20 12:37:54 PM

vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?


computer, Earl Grey
 
2012-06-20 12:41:18 PM
The code name is Majel after Gene Rodenberry's wife who was the computer voice on every Star Trek until she died. They've since changed the branding on it, but I liked Majel as the name much better just for the pure geekiness.
 
2012-06-20 12:46:47 PM

zedster: correction: Google looks to expand on their voice mining operations that started with Google 411 back in 2007 and continued with Google voice


THIS

My Android phone already has "dial name", can do Google searches and so forth.

If Google are putting more effort into this, they'll kill Siri. Google are extraordinary at search. If you search and put a place name in, it knows to do a map. If you search for Euro 2012 at the moment, it shows you the recent matches.

What Siri is doing with content is taking the "curated walled garden" route. They've partnered it with OpenTable, so when you say "italian restaurant", you'll get the nearby one that signed up to OpenTable. If the one just around the corner that's really good didn't sign up to OpenTable, you won't hear about it. It's actually quite an old fashioned way of looking at information, like the Yellow Pages.
 
2012-06-20 12:48:07 PM

LasersHurt: It makes total sense to develop something like this. Humanizing technology is a huge push that will make our tech better and easier to use.


It's the worst idea ever.
 
2012-06-20 12:49:40 PM

traylor: LasersHurt: It makes total sense to develop something like this. Humanizing technology is a huge push that will make our tech better and easier to use.

It's the worst idea ever.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-20 12:50:46 PM

Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!


Hire the voice actress that did GLaDOS to take on the role (in character of course)
"There are 3 locations nearby with reviews that mention cake - not that you need any more cake"
 
2012-06-20 12:53:57 PM
Since Siri's debut, a crop of clones have popped up.

Interesting, since you could easily say that Siri is a clone of TellMe
 
2012-06-20 12:54:59 PM
How can it rip-off something that isn't original itself?
 
2012-06-20 12:56:23 PM

vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?


Of course they did. This happened right after Steve Jobs invented the internet in 1984. It's just a pity that Parc Xerox stole their ideas for windows and mice.
 
2012-06-20 12:57:20 PM

JRaynor: Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!

Hire the voice actress that did GLaDOS to take on the role (in character of course)
"There are 3 locations nearby with reviews that mention cake - not that you need any more cake"


I'm surprised she's not been used for a GPS voice
 
2012-06-20 12:58:25 PM

JRaynor: Hire the voice actress that did GLaDOS to take on the role (in character of course)
"There are 3 locations nearby with reviews that mention cake - not that you need any more cake"


In case you missed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTg00wIijNY
 
2012-06-20 01:00:08 PM
I'm willing to bet Google does it better.

Siri is pretty useless.
 
2012-06-20 01:00:23 PM

loonatic112358: JRaynor: Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!

Hire the voice actress that did GLaDOS to take on the role (in character of course)
"There are 3 locations nearby with reviews that mention cake - not that you need any more cake"

I'm surprised she's not been used for a GPS voice


GLaDOS confuses the hell out of my young children.

"She sounds nice."
"She's not."
"Really? So we should do the opposite of what she says?"
"Well...not the opposite, necessarily, but you gotta be aware she's working against you."
etc...
 
2012-06-20 01:11:31 PM
There are already a couple options for android but they are bery iffy. I would love to see what google can do.
 
2012-06-20 01:14:15 PM

Mugato: "Okay John, you're just creeping me out. I'm shutting down. Loved you in Con Air."


Well played sir, well played indeed.
 
2012-06-20 01:18:50 PM
maybe it will actually be good
 
2012-06-20 01:24:26 PM

vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?


i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-06-20 01:27:15 PM

nitefallz: vpb: I wonder how many Apple fanbois think that Apple invented the concept of voice controlled computers?

The same number that believe Apple created the first mp3 player and touch screen phone.


And Siri. And GUI OSs. And tablets.
 
2012-06-20 01:37:11 PM
If a Siri-clone appears on Android, I think Apple will go ballistic.

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion* in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
-Steve Jobs, shortly before his death

*Note, Apple now has $100 billion in the bank, and is still persisting in their effort to sue Android into oblivion.

Not that Apple isn't guilty of patent infringement of its own, but Google's the company whose core value is "don't be evil."
Stealing is evil.
 
2012-06-20 01:39:22 PM

schattenteufel: Stealing is evilwhat all the big dogs do.

 
2012-06-20 01:40:21 PM

schattenteufel: "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion* in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
-Steve Jobs, shortly before his death


It should also be noted that Android (first as a standalone company and subsequently as a Google company) predates the first iOS release by about 4 years.
 
2012-06-20 02:04:03 PM

schattenteufel: If a Siri-clone appears on Android, I think Apple will go ballistic.

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion* in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
-Steve Jobs, shortly before his death

*Note, Apple now has $100 billion in the bank, and is still persisting in their effort to sue Android into oblivion.

Not that Apple isn't guilty of patent infringement of its own, but Google's the company whose core value is "don't be evil."
Stealing is evil.


"We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." - Steve Jobs
 
2012-06-20 02:07:52 PM
How about a Watson app?
 
2012-06-20 02:25:09 PM

RexTalionis: schattenteufel: "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion* in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
-Steve Jobs, shortly before his death

It should also be noted that Android (first as a standalone company and subsequently as a Google company) predates the first iOS release by about 4 years.


True. but...
Android underwent drastic changes once iOS was released. This is a fact.
Furthermore, the aspects of Android that do predate iOS & are similar to iOS weren't patented by Google, they were patented by Apple.
Doesn't matter who thought of it first, it's who patents it first.
 
2012-06-20 02:27:19 PM

badLogic: How about a Watson app?



Smartest post in the thread so far.

The only problem is Watson takes thousands of pounds of compute hardware just to run a single instance.
 
2012-06-20 02:27:56 PM
I wish Microsoft would do something better with Tellme
/Still would feel like a retard talking to my phone while in public. If you hated Nextel Walkie Talkies/chirp you gonna hate this, Siri, and Tellme.
\A dickbags at Target
Guy phones makes the chirp noise so he answers "Whattup"
Caller "Did you chirp me"
Guy at Target "Naw you chirped me"
\\I swear I came close to punching him
 
2012-06-20 02:30:12 PM

Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!

"biatch, you know that's rain that you hear. Look out the farking window. You're going to make some poor delivery boy drive all the way out to the Hills to bring you tomato soup? And why haven't you gotten naked in any movies yet? The clock is ticking."

"What the fark am I hearing? How many ounces in a cup? Let the what chill? You're Jules Winfield, motherfarker! Act like it."

"Okay John, you're just creeping me out. I'm shutting down. Loved you in Con Air."


They need to hire the lady that did the voice for GladOS in the protal games and let her ad-lib a bit on the responses and randomly and passive agressively promise you cake.
 
2012-06-20 02:32:39 PM

Magorn: Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!

"biatch, you know that's rain that you hear. Look out the farking window. You're going to make some poor delivery boy drive all the way out to the Hills to bring you tomato soup? And why haven't you gotten naked in any movies yet? The clock is ticking."

"What the fark am I hearing? How many ounces in a cup? Let the what chill? You're Jules Winfield, motherfarker! Act like it."

"Okay John, you're just creeping me out. I'm shutting down. Loved you in Con Air."

They need to hire the lady that did the voice for GladOS in the protal games and let her ad-lib a bit on the responses and randomly and passive agressively promise you cake.


You're going to cost me a fortune with your ideas.
 
2012-06-20 02:34:15 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How can it rip-off something that isn't original itself?


Once Apple does anything, be it a GUI operating system, an MP3 Player or a smartphone, they automatically are regarded as retroactively having invented it, and anyone doing anything similar is "ripping them off"
 
2012-06-20 02:38:04 PM

mccallcl: badLogic: How about a Watson app?


Smartest post in the thread so far.

The only problem is Watson takes thousands of pounds of compute hardware just to run a single instance.


So, applying Moore's law, It should be ready to ship on Mid-Range cells phone by what? next April?
 
2012-06-20 02:49:33 PM

JRaynor: Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!

Hire the voice actress that did GLaDOS to take on the role (in character of course)
"There are 3 locations nearby with reviews that mention cake - not that you need any more cake"


That would be awesome!
 
2012-06-20 03:10:15 PM

schattenteufel: RexTalionis: schattenteufel: "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion* in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
-Steve Jobs, shortly before his death

It should also be noted that Android (first as a standalone company and subsequently as a Google company) predates the first iOS release by about 4 years.

True. but...
Android underwent drastic changes once iOS was released. This is a fact.
Furthermore, the aspects of Android that do predate iOS & are similar to iOS weren't patented by Google, they were patented by Apple.
Doesn't matter who thought of it first, it's who patents it first.


i2.kym-cdn.com

Patents do not work that way!

/until 2013
//at least in the U.S.
 
2012-06-20 03:16:22 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: JRaynor: Mugato: They should make a Siri....with attitude!

Hire the voice actress that did GLaDOS to take on the role (in character of course)
"There are 3 locations nearby with reviews that mention cake - not that you need any more cake"

That would be awesome!


I'd buy this product in a heartbeat.
 
2012-06-20 03:19:14 PM
Siri isn't that great. I used it like a novel toy for like a week, maybe and even then mostly to set my alarms for me. After that, its inability to recognize words or associate the meaning of two different sentences just made it more of a pain to use than doing it manually. Buying the phone with Siri was a waste of money that I definitely regret.
 
2012-06-20 03:20:15 PM

IrishFarmer: Siri isn't that great. I used it like a novel toy for like a week, maybe and even then mostly to set my alarms for me. After that, its inability to recognize words or associate the meaning of two different sentences just made it more of a pain to use than doing it manually. Buying the phone with Siri was a waste of money that I definitely regret.


Yeah it's a shame how you paid more for Siri. Oh, no, wait, it was the same price.
 
2012-06-20 03:22:23 PM
Marvin is also a good choice.

"Here I am, brain the size of the Internet, and I have to tell you where delivery tomato soup is located."
 
2012-06-20 03:26:41 PM
"I don't believe your phone should be an assistant. Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."

hahaahahah hahaahahahahah hahahahahahah ahahahahahahha
what kind of idiot would still say this ????
bhahahahahah ahahhahahahahah ahah ahahahah hah hahahaha hhahahah

Have they not actually USED a phone these days?
When was the last time that you used your phone as a PHONE?
txtmsgs? yes
emails? yes
angry birds? yes

but to make a call? hahahaha phones still do that????
 
2012-06-20 03:28:52 PM

Irving Maimway: The code name is Majel after Gene Rodenberry's wife who was the computer voice on every Star Trek until she died. They've since changed the branding on it, but I liked Majel as the name much better just for the pure geekiness.


because you liked how she ruined every episode that she was in?
because you thought her annoying voice as the computer wasnt annoying??

oh nevermind
 
2012-06-20 03:59:24 PM
FTA:

It's worth mentioning that voice recognition has been a part of Android for quite some time, but natural voice recognition in the form of a voice assistant isn't a part of Android.

Carry on.
 
2012-06-20 04:10:59 PM
I think Gilbert Gotfried would be a good voice. It definitely gets your attention.
 
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