A Little Night Research

While doing some research for a longer post here, I decided I was tired of typing. Given that I’m spending an exciting Saturday night doing research and watching the Red Sox lose, I thought “why not talk to some computers?”

So I asked a couple questions to Siri and Google Now.

My first thought, of course, was that for computational questions , Siri looks to Wolfram Alpha. If movies are too pop culture for WA, perhaps this is an area Apple will have to partner with IMDB for as Siri opens up to more services and expands in capability. So let’s test that:

But why limit ourselves to one series. After all, the night is young! Perhaps Siri is a fan of all things Connery.

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try

This isn’t meant as an indictment on either service – it’s still remarkable that simply speaking to a handheld computer will not only produce accurate text but also query databases and find answers that are in the ballpark of what I’m looking for. I remember overclocking my first computer to play an .mp3.