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Video: A Duet with Siri

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By Chris Hogg
Posted Oct 19, 2011 in Technology
By now you may have heard Apple's iPhone 4S comes with a voice assistant called Siri. Basically, it's a voice service that lets you talk to your phone and get help from a virtual assistant.
As Apple describes: "Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it."
A lot of voice applications have come and gone in the world of technology, and not many have won the widespread attention that Siri is currently attracting. Siri is winning major fanfare because it really works and seems to understand the nuances around human language better than anything that has come before it.
You can talk to Siri as you would to a person and say something like "Tell my wife I’m running late" or "Remind me to call the vet" or "Any good burger joints around here?" Siri will do what you ask it to, find information and then respond to you.
You can also ask Siri ridiculous or silly questions and marvel at the funny responses.
For example: Ask it "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" and Siri responds with "A woodchuck would chuck as much as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood."
Or ask it what the meaning of life is, and you get this response: "I can't answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens."
You can spend hours on YouTube watching some amazing Siri demonstrations, and the jokes and funny responses are making their rounds on the Web.
I wanted to share one of those funny and interesting videos with you after stumbling across this video on YouTube of a guy named Jonathan Mann who performs a duet with Siri, asking it questions and waiting for responses and putting it all to music.
It's really well done and quite funny. This is definitely my top pick for YouTube video of the week.

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