January 6, 2014
Siri is not so fond of "Her." Months ago, Siri began taking swipes at Google Glass, the wearable computer that supports natural language voice commands. Now, Apple's popular intelligent personal assistant has turned its sassy sights on Samantha, the fictional operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the recently released sci-fi romantic dramedy film, "Her." Siri's apparent disapproval, if not jealousy, of Samantha was first noted by BuzzFeed:
The general sentiment among moviegoers is that [Samantha] is an uber-advanced version of the iPhone’s Siri, the virtual assistant that more often functions like a bumbling intern. Siri — or her programmers at Apple — clearly got wind of this comparison, and seemingly decided to have some fun with it. Or, Siri is actually really smart and is super mad about the bad publicity. Either way, her responses to questions about the movie Her are a real treat.As shown in the screenshot above, asking Siri if she is "Her" results in responses pointing out that "Her" is "just a movie" and "purely fictional" and that the film's "portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial." You can see more of Siri's cheeky responses to "Her"-related questions on BuzzFeed. Written and directed by Spike Jonze, "Her" stars Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely soon-to-be-divorcee who develops a close relationship with an intelligent operating system named Samantha. It opened in limited release last Dec. 8, and it will have its wide release on Friday, Jan. 10.