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October 04, 2012

Siri Takes Up Unexpected New Career Path as a Movie Reviewer

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

Despite what some may think, reviewing movies is not an easy job. To try and coax a few hundred words about a particular movie when any rational person's position on the movie is, in the immortal words of Jay Sherman: “It stinks”, is not easy. Yet one of the newest entrants in the movie review pantheon, it was recently discovered, was Apple's (News - Alert) popular beta program, Siri.

Siri is already widely renowned for saying bizarre things when asked unusual questions. But recently, someone decided to try asking Siri what she thought about certain films. Among the titles on which Siri was interrogated: “Blade Runner”, Pixar's “Toy Story”, the J.J. Abrams release of “Star Trek”, the classic “The Wizard of Oz”, and several others. Siri's movie summaries tend to focus on the robot or computer program side of things—she referred to Pixar's “Wall-E” as being a movie about “...two inarticulate yet intelligent assistants who compact trash and fall in love and save the world”. She also referred to the actor known as “Computer” from “Star Trek” as “a terrific actor”.

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It's a pretty safe bet that no one will be deciding just what to watch on Friday night based on Siri's suggestions, but it's still a surprisingly entertaining little Easter egg. It's difficult to tell just how many movies Siri's prepared to weigh in on because there are so many films available, and going through them one at a time to find out if that particular film has an Easter egg attached would be an arduous process that would take days, if not weeks, to run through. It's enough to make one wonder if she might express a fondness for Johnny Five from the “Short Circuit” series, or if she might prefer Gigolo Joe from “A.I.” to Andrew from “Bicentennial Man”.

Siri has been an interesting trip so far, and while she's shown plenty of value as a personal assistant that occasionally accurately responds to questioning, her little quirks have provided just as much value in their own right. The possibilities represented by Siri show a bright potential future ahead, especially if Apple can work out the kinks in the system so far. While it wouldn't be a good idea to look for “Siri & Roeper At The Movies” any time soon, this newest Easter egg merely shows one more path for Siri to embark upon in the future.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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