Ben Brooks on talking to Siri:
Even just sitting here in my calm and quiet office, where there is no one else to know I am speaking to Siri, it feels odd to talk to Siri. Yet I feel fine doing it in the car. But once I leave the car for public spaces ‘Hey Siri’ becomes a non-starter once again.
There’s likely a great many psychological reasons for this, but I believe the biggest reasons it feels weird is because there is simply no way to look cool and talk to Siri, and there is absolutely no privacy when you talk to Siri.
Brooks eventually goes on to say that this isn’t the real issue, and the bigger issue is a lack of privacy. He insinuates that strangers will overhear you talking to Siri and chime in. I don’t really agree because that could happen with any conversation in public. I suppose there is a theory that people would be more inclined to interject if you are talking to a robot than to a real person, but still.
I think Brooks’ initial thought is on point thought. I use Siri all the time in the car. I use it occasionally at home. But most of the time I don’t want to use it in public. I don’t want to use it at work, and that is where a privacy issue can come up. It’s that in many of the cases where I want to use it, it probably isn’t appropriate. If I am walking by myself in the mall and really wanted to bust out Siri I think I could get over the embarrassment factor.
Siri has continued to improve greatly since it’s initial release. Using it seems much faster and more reliable than before. It is a great tool for responding to text messages in the car, or setting timers or alarms. I don’t use the fuzzy searching enough because I usually forget about it, but I am going to try to start using it more. I look up scores all the time and never think to just ask Siri. I am going to see what happens if I try to make more use of this amazing invention, and hopefully have something to report back later.