* Map from here to the nearest gas station
* Map from here to the nearest gas station, avoid highways
* Turn screen darker (or lower brightness)
* Redial (last called number)
* Turn off 3G when near home
* Turn off Wifi when near work
* Turn vibrate mode on when near work
* Turn vibrate mode off after 6pm
* Repeat song (when iPod is playing)
* Open HackerNews (saved as bookmark)
* Delete Safari cookies
* Update AppStore apps
* Which actor plays Ryan in The Office?
* Alert me when battery has less than half charge
On a side note, I believe Apple is making a fundamental mistake with Siri in not communicating its limitations more clearly (or at all). Sure, the marketing department probably wants to make announcements to the effect of "oh, this baby can do anything" but soon customers will find out that's not the case and be thoroughly disappointed after the novelty factor wears off. Siri is a prime example of this shortsighted marketing move because its capabilities are murky and unknown by nature.
Putting out a clear bullet list of things it can do (like: make cal entries, notify, simple if-then logic, GPS data, Google lookup) would work much better in the long run.
Have you read reviews of people struggling with limitations? Also, Siri offers a list of suggested tasks it can perform from the iPhone itself, based on the videos I've seen.
"Siri, on the other hand, feels limitless. It’s fuzzy, and fuzzy on purpose. There’s no way to tell what will work and what won’t. You must explore. I found it extremely fun to explore Siri — primarily because so many of the things I tried actually worked." -Daring Fireball
Even if Gruber is an Apple fanboy, I would suspect people to react more like him than you.
 I once somehow butt-dialed 911 on my old dumbphone, which was embarrassing and terrifying. I awkwardly apologized and hung up, and there were no repercussions.
Somewhat relevant: I have called 911 a few times to report near-emergencies (e.g., significant debris in the road, or extremely erratic driving; they forward me along)
The operator told me that, typically, they treat people hanging up at any stage during a 000 call extremely seriously, and will follow up, and will usually send officers out if the call is from a land line and they have an address, even if the caller says no officer is needed.
(However, Android's voice actions seemed happy to call 911 for me, although of course I didn't let the call go through.)
I used to know someone who worked as an emergency dispatcher in Finland. By her reckoning, these days at least two thirds of their calls are "butt-dialed". This might be caused by a law that said that for phones sold in Finland that have keypads, the screen lock must not stop you from dialing 112.
User: Call 911
Siri: Are you sure you want to call 911?
Siri: I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave
I once was showing a baby how to push the buttons on a fax machine. I pushed the 9 as an example. She copied me by pushing 1, then did it again.
With the volume of people playing around with Siri I'll bet darn near every clever question has already been asked a dozen times.
Heck with that amount of data pouring in Apple could hire a team of comedy writers to just hit the daily top 1000 new questions.
Wonder how they are ranking the quality of the responses / satisfaction.
This is why I'm amused, but not amazed. Siri presumably has an actual team of ghostwriters cranking out amusing answers to FAQs.
And I can't wait for someone who has read The Diamond Age to concoct a version of Siri in which the responses are read aloud by actual human actors, who are paid Mechanical-Turk style, rather than the synthesized voice. Though the effect might actually be ugly: the human intonation will come through, but probably too well, such that every few responses "Siri's" personality seems to change.
I think it’s a great move on the creators’ part. Building silly stuff like that into Siri creates massive amounts of goodwill. That will make it much harder to really hate Siri when it – inevitably – screws up sometimes.
Also, something I really need assistance with is to be aware of the time it will take me to get to the appointments I have. I always leave my office just a few minutes before I need to be somewhere, no matter if it's within walking distance or fifteen minutes by car. I'm like an infant in this regard. "Siri, let me know when I need to leave for my two o'clock appointment" would be great if it worked.
Too bad I only have an iPhone 4. Pulling the original from the app store was kind of a dick move, Apple. (even though I understand the motivation)
It understands 90 to 95% of the conversation we spoke to it. Also, it understands 8th grade humor type words and reprimands you by saying things like, "Would you talk to your mother like that?"
Fun stuff for the 8th grader in all of us!
These answers serve no purpose, except for one's buddies to go "heh heh watch what happens when I tell it I'm drunk"
Regardless, I hope they stay.
> rms probably doesn't use Siri or any other Apple product
< Does it bother you that Stallman is vivid?
Not quite sure what it means by that...
( M-x psychoanalyze-pinhead used to be amusing, until yow.el got pithed )
"What time is it?"
"The time is 9:14 PM."
I'm looking forward to poking around and finding some of these on my own.