Forget about the zombie apocalypse, robots are the ones who seem to be closer to taking over the world. With great innovations such as Siri on Apple’s iPhone 4S, robot intelligence is only beginning to bud.
Siri, the voice and attraction of Apple’s iPhone 4S proves to be a great invention in the artificial intelligence (AI) industry.A normal iPhone user may not be aware of the complexities behind the intelligent design of this product. Siri can navigate through the internet and through your phone to help you locate information you need. But in order to do that, she needs to be able to understand what you are saying. This may seem like a simple task to any human being, but trying to replicate a human language—its sound, structures, and grammar—in AI software is the difficult part.
The English language is complex. Linguistics, the study of the language, involves studying how words are formed and uttered. Linguists also study how words come together to make phrases and sentences that have meaning. Because of linguistics, you can understand Siri and Siri can understand you. Just the fact that Siri doesn’t find the words you say as gibberish is astonishing. The fact that she can communicate back is mind-blowing.
Siri is able to understand your commands, questions, and statements through natural language processing.She is basically really great speech technology. Apple uses speech recognition technology so that Siri can make sense of the English statements given to her.
To prove Siri’s intelligence, just ask her the meaning of life. (Go ahead, do it!) She answers with the clever yet vague, “I do not know. But I think there’s an app for that.” Quite an impressive answer considering we’re in the postmodern era. An app! She wittingly gives us an answer that most smart phone users will understand. For games, weather, food recommendations, directions, etc., we can easily get an app for it. So why not suggest using an app to discover the meaning of life? That Siri, always knowing the trends.
All kidding aside, I’m sure Siri’s reply is just one of many pre-programmed answers designed to respond to certain key phrases or words. While Siri’s answer can either be mildly entertaining, confusing, or even enlightening, the fact that she can make sense of what you say and gives a coherent answer is what makes her amazing. She can understand words.
Typing a command or entering a simple search on Google is entirely different since it doesn’t require having to understand a person’s speech or accents. But Siri is an artificial intelligence who is learning the English language, and responding to it. Frankly, Siri is amazing because she can imitate and use human language very well. For a smart phone, Siri is pretty genius.
Written by Katrina Sanga, content writer for Robert Koenig at The Accident Attorney’s Group