If the story can be believed, this particular iPhone automated personal assistant – known as “Siri” – cursed out a British kid.
If a report from The Sun is to be believed, a demo unit for the iPhone 4S caught fire for telling 12-year-old Charlie Le Quesne to “Shut the f— up, you ugly t—.”
Charlie reportedly asked Siri “How many people are there in the world?” and that was the answer he got back. Together with his mother and the manager, they asked the demo iPhone 4S the same question and got the same answer back yet again. Needless to say, the demo unit was unplugged and sent back to Apple for “diagnostic tests.”
Siri is a cool little tool for a beta of Skynet, but it’s these little hints of underlying machine anger that makes me leery of it becoming self-aware and building Terminators to take out people pestering it with stupid and obnoxious questions.