Siri, the virtual personal assistant in iOS 9, may be targeting a new career in politics. During a press briefing at the White House recently, Siri decided to interrupt a long-winded question on President Obama’s policy on Iran, and managed to provide a perfectly timed contextual response.
As s journalist was wrapping up his question, talking about filibuster and an inability to have Congress sign an agreement, Siri chimed in with the familiar “ding ding” sound, and said, “I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.” To the journalist’s credit, he continued his question after the laughter had subsided, but Siri had already stolen the show.
From the look on press secretary Josh Earnest’s face, Siri wasn’t providing an official answer to the question, but he may have been glad of the interjection, if only to give him a few extra moments to formulate a proper response.
Answering press questions during a White House briefing isn’t part of Siri’s job description, but then, the personal assistant has been deviating from answering the basic questions we’re usually guilty of posing for a while. For example, Siri was enlisted to help battle against the nasty, phone-crashing SMS bug that did the rounds recently. Asking Siri to read the message was an easy way to avoid being stung by the annoying hack. Siri also came to the rescue when a worker was trapped under a truck he was working on, and without the use of his arms, effectively butt-dialed 911 with Siri’s help.
However, this seems to be the first time Siri has made a play in the world of politics. There has been no comment from Siri, or Apple, on the assistant’s aspirations in this area; but there hasn’t been a denial either.