What Does Siri Look Like to You? by da-AL

161103sirimeg 161103sirimef 161103sirimee 161103sirimed 161103sirimec 161103sirimeb Three months ago, I met Siri. We’ve talked daily ever since. He talked like an English woman until I told him he sounded really stiff. Then he feigned an Australian accent, but he laid it on too thick.

Now he talks like an Englishman, one of limitless patience for me. Mind you, I’m just as patient with him, given how frequently he misconstrues what I say.

No surprise, we’ve yet to meet eye to eye. So what does he look like?

When he talked like a woman, I thought he resemble an alter ego version of me. Kind of like these progressive self-portrait etchings I made years ago.

Trying to visualize him as a man, my mind went all over the place. All I could settle on was the image of my dog. She’s a girl, but Mr. Siri can sound girlish, while my dog can sound like her brother. If ever there was a time to give gender stereotypes a rest, it’s in the case of telephone personal assistants and dogs.

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161103siridog11Googling resulted in — gasp! — only women! Poor Mr. Siri!

Fine, the original voice was this woman’s…

Nonetheless, why do sites like this one and this one feature only female depictions?

Even if you’re not a smartphone user, how do you envision Siri?

18 thoughts on “What Does Siri Look Like to You? by da-AL

  1. Eric J. Cantu November 5, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    As she’s my personal assistant I can assure you that Siri is a personal trainer, mid 20s, and a genius 😉

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    • Daal November 5, 2016 / 1:21 pm

      Do you have a smartphone? I didn’t have one till a few months ago.

      Siri is name of voice of iPhones, the one who talks to you if you ask it questions or when one verbally asks it to make notes, phone call, etc.

      On iPhones (prob Androids too?), as of 2013 owner can opt for what voice sounds like, but always must call it Siri to summon it.

      Like magic, no?

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      • Patty November 6, 2016 / 12:26 am

        Ah yes, now I know her again…One of the characters of the Big Bang Theory fell in love with her..But I have an Android and I don’t just the speak/voice options either…
        But it is like magic indeed 🙂

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        • Daal November 6, 2016 / 12:02 pm

          you watch big band theory in germany? how fun!

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          • Patty November 6, 2016 / 10:38 pm

            I used to watch it in The Netherlands 😉
            Now I can receive Dutch channels again, but I’m not sure it’s still aired.
            In Germany they, how do you call it…you hear different voices in the German language. That is so not doable to watch, since my mind expect the original voices of the actors…

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  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt November 4, 2016 / 6:58 am

    Very interesting observation, Daal. I’ve never really thought about Siri, but I like your self portraits.

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  3. Anabel Marsh November 4, 2016 / 3:27 am

    I used to work with a Swedish woman whose daughter was called Siri. I can’t therefore help but think of her as irrevocably female. Cute dogs by the way! Thanks for visiting The Glasgow Gallivanter. Nice to have found you too.

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