They basically asserted that Siri is getting dumber, and its all because of us. And sadly, I agree with them. Siri, in my usage, has gotten worse since the iPhone 4S launched. Dictation fucks up almost every sentence, and queries almost always fall back to misinterpreted words in a Wolfram or Google search. And that’s if it works at all, which often times it doesn’t, either due to Siri being down, or faulty cell service.
Having just gotten a Kinect for our Xbox, I can without a doubt say that Kinect’s voice recognition is a lot better than Siri’s. And I’m willing to bet they are doing more of that locally and not shipping it off to a server farm, but I have nothing to back that up. Burnie also says his Ford’s SYNC system has much better voice recognition, and in my limited experience with that as well, I’d have to agree. No surprise there; willing to place a bet there as well that its using the same or similar code as Kinect, since both SYNC and Kinect are born of Microsoft.
So is this a ‘gets worse before it gets better’ thing? Is Siri going to continue to dwindle? Or is this problem in our heads? (for a while I thought it was just me, but hearing them bring it up and discuss it made me feel a little more sane)