Any others? Hmmm. Microsoft has Cortana, Samsung has Bixby; neither one has set the world of talking intelligent assistants on fire yet. You know what would? I have an idea you will love.
Talk To Me
Here’s the deal. Differentiation is a major key to product marketing, and though Amazon, Apple, and Siri have their own version of a talking intelligent assistant, they are all different. Apple’s Siri only works on Apple’s products. Alexa and Assistant work elsewhere but not very well. Assistant is the smartest, with Siri gaining in second place, and Alexa works well on Amazon gear.
This week I came across this from Jim Martin:
73 Funny Things To Ask Alexa
The same list can be asked of Siri, Assistant, Bixby, or Cortana, and each will provide different responses.
For example, to the question, “Siri, what are the three laws of robotics.” Siri replied:
Let me see if I can remember. OK, I think the three laws are: 1. ‘clean up your room’, 2: ‘don’t run with scissors’, and 3: ‘always wait a half hour after eating before going in the water.’
But that got me to thinking what if we had a worldwide “Ask Siri Day?” For every hour during the day all iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Watch users would take those same 73 funny questions for Alexa, condense them down to 24, and turn them into questions to ask Siri.
All at the same time. Every hour. All day.
What would happen?
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen to traffic when every person with a car ventured into the same street or highway you might be onto something.
What would happen if everyone in a city flushed their toilets at exactly the same time; say, 6:00 PM?
What would happen if every hour of the day– 24 hours to cover the entire world– all 1.5-billion of Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Macs were used– at the same time– to ask the same 24 questions, one after the other?
User questions to Siri get transferred back to Apple’s servers, then an answer is sent back to the device which is played back to the user. That would be 62.5-million devices, each with a user rattling off those 24 questions in succession.
Apple’s servers would melt.
OK, not really melt, but there would be a meltdown.
That tells me that Ask Siri Day would have a major impact on Apple and a chunk of humanity. Then, depending upon the outcome, the same thing took place with Google’s Assistant? There are a few billion Android devices on planet earth, so the resulting questions may have a similar impact on Google’s network and servers.
What about Amazon and Alexa?
Amazon has the largest server network in the world, so the company’s technology might be able to handle Echo customers asking similar questions, but if Apple’s customers and Google Android users combined to ask those questions, we would make the evening news before the 24-hours was up.
What a neat idea.
Hey, my first spreadsheet was a CP/M version of VisiCalc so I love ‘what if‘ scenarios.