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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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videos showing Siri confounded by foreign accents have gone viral, most notably one shared by Hidenori Satoh, a Japanese journalist present at the iPhone 4S’s Tokyo unveiling. Siri is currently optimized for standard U.S., U.K. and Australian English dialects and, notes Apple, its “suitability rate will be higher for native speakers.”
Does this suggest a future in which non-native English speakers might end up with their homes and devices in Hal 2000-like rebellion, unwilling or unable to respond to their commands?

 it is true that belief in female loquacity is generally combined with disapproval of it. The statement “women talk more than men” tends to imply the judgment “women talk too much”. (As one old proverb charmingly puts it: “Many women, many words; many geese, many turds.”)

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