Jeffrey explained “Why I’m ‘Almost’ Tired Of Talking To Siri” mostly because there is an added discipline required to converse with a device rather than just click or tap buttons. The latter seems to come naturally. Talking to a device you’re not married to or gave birth to is a different process and it takes time to adapt.
I’ve been using Siri Shortcuts– I have dozens and dozens installed on my iPhone and iPad (they sync via iCloud; nice)– for a month or so and it’s driving the rest of the Mincey Plantation residents bat-doo-doo crazy.
Indeed. Maybe bat-doo-doo grows on you. What with all the noise he made with Siri on Watch and iPhone, the rest of us began doing the same thing. Talking to Siri, setting up Siri Shortcuts, and basically joining the one-man-parade and crusade to take personal computing to the next level.
Siri is the future of talking. No, not to each other. We’ve been married too long for much of a change to take place there, but Siri has become smarter and then made smarter with Shortcuts so once you get over the hump of using Apple’s intelligent talking personal assistant you begin to find more uses.
Here’s an example.
I wear Apple Watch. I drive. I don’t want to use my iPhone to answer text messages or send messages while driving. What to do? Siri on Watch works very well. Tap the favorite. Tap the microphone. Dictate the message. Or, just tell Siri to send a message to someone, then dictate the message, and send it.
Siri’s dictation is damned good, but I recommend listening to the message first. Remember, Siri is still a child.
Each of those Siri Shortcuts requires me to speak out loud to Siri. Similar actions in the past required a couple of taps on the iPhone or iPad screen. Now I’m talking and Siri is listening. I like it that Siri can perform such personalized tasks. The rest of the Mincey family prefers that I shut up or leave the room when I need to talk to Siri.
Old habits die hard, right?
Well, we climbed onto Jeffrey’s new Paradigm Train and found that Siri– especially when used with the right apps (not all benefit from Siri’s vocabulary and actions– can be remarkably useful, and very personal. Just set up your own Siri Shortcuts.
Siri learns your routines across your apps. Siri then suggests an easy way to perform common tasks on the Lock screen or in Search… You can also run any shortcut by asking Siri. Look for the Add to Siri button in your favorite apps and tap to add with your own personal phrase. Or go to Settings to find all shortcuts available on your device.
This works, but it takes work. We’re changing the paradigm from touch and tap to talk, so there’s a shift going on. For Mincey folk, it took a few months of listening to Jeffrey blabber on and on with Siri until we noticed that Siri was doing more for him with less effort.
Yes, it’s a paradigm shift, but Siri might just be the future face of personal computing devices.