Is anyone else annoyed how “funny” Siri is?

Excerpt from this post on Reddit:

I watched the new video of MKBHD about the MacBook. There he is telling Siri “open my Downloads folder” and she responds with “Heres that Folder, good stuff in there”. I don’t know if its just me but I find this very annoying and useless. Who wants to hear this all the time?

In my opinion there should be an option to turn off all remarks of Siri

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Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

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Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that they can send hidden commands that are undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Inside university labs, the researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites. In the wrong hands, the technology could be used to unlock doors, wire money or buy stuff online — simply with music playing over the radio.

A group of students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University showed in 2016 that they could hide commands in white noise played over loudspeakers and through YouTube videos to get smart devices to turn on airplane mode or open a website.

This month, some of those Berkeley researchers published a research paper that went further, saying they could embed commands directly into recordings of music or spoken text. So while a human listener hears someone talking or an orchestra playing, Amazon’s Echo speaker might hear an instruction to add something to your shopping list.

9 Things To Ask Siri That Your Kids Will Find Hilarious

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Want to hear your kids laugh, but find that funny faces and silly sounds just aren’t cutting it? Have knock-knock jokes been falling flat in your household of late? Lucky for you, those mini handheld computers we tote around everywhere have the solution, and its name is Siri. If you have an Apple iPhone, here are a few things to ask Siri that are sure to make your kids giggle and guffaw

Psychologists Propose Horrifying Solution to PTSD in Drone Operators

Old article, but… whoa:

Drone operators often kill their targets from a continent away, but studies suggest that even thousands of miles of distance cannot mitigate war’s devastating psychological effects. But just wait until you hear how researchers propose preventing PTSD, alcohol abuse and thoughts of suicide in drone operators.

… So how best to ease the consciences of America’s Drone Warriors? Powers mentions one solution in a parenthetical, emphasized below:

These effects [PTSD, alcohol abuse, suicidal ideation] appeared to spike at the exact time of Bryant’s deployment, during the surge in Iraq. (Chillingly, to mitigate these effects, researchers have proposed creating a Siri-like user interface, a virtual copilot that anthropomorphizes the drone and lets crews shunt off the blame for whatever happens. Siri, have those people killed.)

Schooling Siri on Unusual Names

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Like humans, Apple’s virtual assistant can sometimes stumble over names that don’t read the same way they sound when spoken aloud. But as with humans, you can tell Siri the proper pronunciation of the name for future reference.

The next time Siri mangles a name, tap the microphone button and say, “That’s not how you pronounce [Name].” The program should respond with, “O.K., how do you pronounce the name [Name]?” Say the correct pronunciation of your first and last name as clearly as you can.

Siri will then fire back with, “O.K., thank you. Which pronunciation should I use?” and offer a few variations of your first name to play back. After you have listened to the choices, tap Select next to the one you want and then move on to Siri’s attempts to pronounce your last name.