Photo: Siri Doesn't understand Latinos
The seemingly amazing voice recognizing virtual assistant Siri, installed in every iPhone 4S, chokes up when it hears commands spoken in an accent.
According to Apple.com, Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Siri understands what you say, answers questions, and even has a learning curve.
Unfortunately, even though Siri understands English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia), French and German, Sandra Ortiz—as you can see in the video below, is unable to communicate with Siri at all, because of her Mexican accent.
In a video uploaded to YouTube by Andrew, Sandra’s husband, the couple speaks to Siri to mixed results.
Andrew has no problem communicating with the iPhone, or getting it to display maps and the weather in Madrid using voice commands. Meanwhile, Sandra, whose accent is not particularly thick, gets nothing when she asks “Where is the Laundromat?” Siri finally replies “I don’t know who you are.”
When Asked About this, Apple directed users to to the FAQ on their website which states:
The more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorize your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands. As more people use Siri and it’s exposed to more variations of a language, its overall recognition of dialects and accents will continue to improve, and Siri will work even better.