Night before last, a couple of us converts to the iPhone faith were discussing the machine’s disembodied voice. I did not admit at the time what my first question was, but I can reveal here, I think, that it was asked on a Friday: “Hey, Siri, how old is Rebecca Black?”
After about 0.5 second, Siri popped some text onto the screen and chirped, “Rebecca Black is twenty-two years old.”
“Thank you,” I said. It became a habit: for whatever she fetched, I would express gratitude. From what little I know about digital assistants, which is terribly little indeed, they’re not actually capable of processing those two little words unless, as Alex Trebek might say, they were in the form of a question. But now I wonder: does anybody else do this? And does it make any difference?