Siri from Apple: what can and how to use?
Siri is a cloud service for Apple's iPhones and desktop products. The software client performs a wide variety of voice commands. In this article, you will learn how to set up and use the application on various gadgets.
Siri is the software client for the vehicle Apple. The application stores data in the cloud storage and acts as an informer and personal assistant. The algorithm of work is configured and adapted during operation for the personal data of the user. The client uses natural speech processing and is suitable for devices where the external noise blocking chip is implemented.
Development of Siri Voice Assistant
The development of the dialog interface and software functions has been carried out for several years. The product was funded by the Advanced Research Programs Office.
Doug Kitlauss, Tom Gruber, and Adam Cheyer and Norman Vinarski worked on the project initially. They were all employees of the Center for Artificial Intelligence. And it was the 40-year experience of the center in the field of researching software algorithms for artificial intelligence that was taken as the basis for creating the application. In fact, Siri's voice assistant is an improved version of CALO, a cognitive agent that learns and implements new knowledge.
Having started work in 2007, the developers had already received large-scale funding by the end of 2008. The first sponsors of the program were Morgenthaler Ventures Menlo and Ventures, which invested $ 8.5 million in the SRI International Center for Artificial Intelligence.And in mid-2009, these investors, led by Li Jiaheng, made additional investments in the project in the amount of $ 15.5 million. Doll.
As the application developed, many combined teams worked on its development:
University of Massachusetts.
Institute of Human and Machine Cognition.
University of Southern California.
Carnegie Mellon University.
Initially in Appstore, Siri was offered as a voice assistant for phones on IOS platform from Siri Inc. The development team was planning further integration and it was expected to create versions of the application for Android and Windows smartphones. But on 04/28/2010, the corporation bought the dialog interface Apple, and after the release iPhone of 4S, Doug Kitlauss resigned as CEO and the further development of the mobile agent is focused exclusively on iPhones and Apple technology.
What he can do Siri
Siri's capabilities are quite extensive. The software client fully plays the role of a voice assistant, as well as a question-answer system. Let's take a closer look at the functional features.
Supported dialogue languages
It was originally planned that the utility will be multilingual. Therefore, the system has integrated more than 30 languages, including English, Russian, Chinese, German, Arabic. For maximum integration, the best practices for voice recognition from the Nuance company are used. At the moment, Siri can recognize speech and simulate accent with high accuracy.
In order to better understand what Siri can do, we present you a list of partner technologies that are integrated into the agent:
Information about films, books, reviews – The NYT, Rotton Tomatoes, Movietickets.
Weather – Yahoo Weather.
Registries and business activities – Inc, Yandex, Localize, Yahoo local.
Web Search – Google, Bing, Yahoo.
There is also CityShearch, Yelp, AndreGayot, OpenTable, BooRah functionality.
All functionalities are closely related and interact with each other.
Functions Siri in practice
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To better understand who Siri is, let's see how the application functions look in practical use. To start the agent, use the 'hello Siri' option.
Service commands for iPhone
When using a voice assistant, you can solve a number of issues. All commands are quite simple:
Decrease the volume.
Turn off Wi-Fi.
Open the settings.
Go to the section.
Increase the brightness.
Turn on power saving mode.
Open google maps.
Call and SMS management
The agent knows how to manage calls, as well as write and send SMS:
Text your mom.
Show me the message from Tatiana.
Dial the number 0-00-000.
Organizer and gallery
The software client manages the organizer, photo and video materials. Using the functions is simple:
How much is 10 multiplied by 20.
Set your alarm for 7 a.m.
Set a timer for 15 minutes.
Create a note: take the medicine 3 times a day.
Create an appointment for 12/12/19.
Set a DR reminder.
Show me the photo for December 31.
Add salt to your shopping list.
Siri's functions extend to the Internet as well. So, with its help, you can check mail, send letters, write a note on Facebook or send a photo to Instagram. In addition, using the voice assistant, you can search for any information. At the same time, the search is carried out both throughout the Internet and on a specific site. Eg: Find a description of procrastination on Wikipedia. Show me the best php answers on Stackoverflow etc.
Navigation and GPS options
If you give the mobile client access to geolocation, then you can use Siri as a navigator. In practice, it looks like this:
Where I am now.
Find the nearest store.
How to get to the train station.
Where is the University.
Exploiting the Agent in iTunes
This functionality usually stands a bit apart, since most products are paid, the Russian-speaking segment prefers to personally control the search and selection of music, applications or videos. But if you want, the client can completely do everything for you: find any book, music, pick the best offers on the topic, determine which movie is on or which music is playing.
The mobile agent is very convenient to use to update the weather forecast. You just need to ask if it will rain tomorrow or what windiness (temperature) the day after tomorrow, and the application will provide information.
Siri in headphones and AirPods
The second generation of the legendary headphones AirPods already knows perfectly well what the name of the voice assistant on the iPhone is. The developers have installed an assistant Siri, as well as a processor Apple H1. The new generation earbuds hold a charge up to 50 percent longer, transmit sound and voice better, and connect to your device faster.
Initially, to launch the functionality of the assistant, you had to touch the headphones or take the smartphone out of your pocket (bag). But the update, beta testing of which was in January – iOS 12.2 beta 1, provides an algorithm for voice usage. To do this, after the first pairing of the headphones with the device, you need to go through a quick setting of the parameters. Now you don't need to take your phone out of your pocket or touch your earphones. Agent management has become even more convenient!
Siri on macOS
After the release of the new operating system macOS Sierra, the application's capabilities became available not only on the phone, but also on the PC. Unlike smartphones, where the configuration is automatic, the desktop versions require manual configuration. Here is a simple algorithm to run commands for Siri in Russian from a computer or laptop:
Section 'System settings', submenu 'Dictation and speech'.
In the 'Dictation' option, check the box next to 'Enabled'.
Enable 'Use Enhanced Dictation'.
Return to the main settings menu.
Select 'Accessibility', go to the sidebar.
Go to the 'Dictation' section.
Check the box next to 'Key phrases for dictation'.
Enter the first part of the phrase – 'hello', for example.
On the 'Dictation commands' tab, activate 'Advanced dictation commands'.
In the dialog box that opens, press '+' and select Siri.
In the pronunciation field, enter the Russian-language version – 'Siri'.
Leave the 'When using all programs' value.
Re-select Siri via Finder Items.
Despite how old the Siri program is, for some Apple users, setting up a mobile client is still fraught with a number of difficulties. But with each new release, the methods for controlling the voice assistant become more accessible, and the configuration is easier.