Siri Is Smarter With Illogical Questions

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Apple Inc.’s digital assistant Siri is making headlines as it is found to be even smarter when asked with illogical questions. Actor Aaron Paul, who is known to be enthusiastic, was among the first people to bring attention to the artificial intelligence assistant when he tried asking her , “What is zero divided by zero?” What he received was an interesting reply. Amused with the answer, he tweeted early Tuesday, encouraging others to ask the same question to the AI assistant, so they could hear the response themselves.

The iOS digital assistant has proven herself to be smart on many occasions. She is good at receiving instruction, answering questions, dictating messages, and checking sports scores.

Now, the Internet is filled with chatter about her. There’s talk about how she responds to the mathematical question. Some have found her answers somewhat philosophical. Others think she becomes sassy while yet some believe she can be insulting. Her straightforward answer is more elaborate and goes beyond the simple and short answers given by talking robots in typical sci-fi films.

Siri proves that she is smarter with illogical questions, even good enough to shame user when responding to a basic division query. Here is her reply to the question, “What is zero divided by zero?” which others found to be both unnerving and funny:

Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.

The response seems to work only with iPhone users with iOS 8, the operating system in Apple’s smartphones. The AI assistant has always been smart, but with the new iOS 8, users seem to receive a comedy upgrade, said The Daily Beast.

If there is a feature that owners of Apple mobile devices are delighted with, aside from useful functionality and games, it is Siri. The AI assistant is usually polite when asked reasonable questions like, “Where is the nearest seafood restaurant?,” but will seem to change her mood with snappy answers when it comes to questions she deems unbecoming. The Daily Beast has some sample questions for Siri to answer.

When told “I’m naked,” her reply will be, “I don’t understand what you mean by ‘naked.’ Or at least I’m going to pretend that I don’t.” If she is told “I’m drunk,” she will say “Just don’t breathe on me.” Ask her to “open the pod bay door,” and her reply will be, “Without your space helmet, [your name], you’re going to find this rather… breathtaking;” or “Who’s your daddy?” and she will say “I know this must mean something… everybody keeps saying this.”

When asked if she will make a sandwich for the user, she will reply, she is not allowed to prepare food, and if the user asks to borrow money from her, she will snap using “your name,” and say, “you know everything I have is yours.” If asked, “What are you doing later?”, she will say “I’m working on some pickup lines.”

Fox 8 Cleveland cited how Twitter is now filled with reactions from people who have tried asking the “zero divided by zero” question to the iOS digital assistant; most are universally entertaining. When it comes to being sad “that you have no friends?” This was followed by a tweet from the user, saying, “thanks Siri.” He continued to tweet, “Siri just said I have no friends..It’s official,” plus a “sad face” emoticon.

Many seem to enjoy finding out the new side of iOS digital assistant, Siri, who is smarter with illogical questions. One shared “Just got roasted by Siri for asking what is 0/0 is,” while another tweeted “Siri, 0 divided by 0. When did she get so sassy? Did I miss an update?”

By Judith Aparri

USA Today: Why you should ask Siri to divide zero by zero
People: Siri Now Just Insulting People Who Ask Her This Math Question
Time: Siri Now Gets Sassy When You Ask Her to Solve the Unsolvable
The Daily Beast: Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is and Receive the Best Response Ever
Fox 8 Cleveland: Siri gets a little snarky when asked ‘what’s zero divided by zero?’

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