For Gus, Siri is more than just a virtual assistant, more than just a sequential inference engine that listens to him and answers his questions. Gus is autistic, and Siri has become something akin to his friend. The New York Times:
When Apple debuted Siri, the introduction video ended with a blind woman using it to send and receive text messages. Right from the start Apple positioned Siri as not just a cool new feature but an assistive, inclusive technology that could make the iPhone more accessible to even more people.
Anecdotally, when my very young godkids got their iPod touches with Siri, they spoke to it like it was a friend as well. Before they could read or write, they could use Siri to send and receive messages, to title movies, to get answers to their questions, and more.
With iOS 8, Siri now streams voice-to-text so you no longer have to wait until you're finished to see what, if anything, resolves. It makes it an even more conversational experience. Siri will also serve as the primary interface for HomeKit when Apple's home automation technology starts rolling out, and for the Apple Watch when it debuts next year.
You can read the rest of Gus' remarkable story via the link below, and learn more about Siri via our ultimate guide.
Source: New York Times
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.