Say Hello to Siri, Apple’s Star Trek Computer-Like Artificial Intelligence for iPhone

Yesterday, Apple finally announced the new iPhone — the iPhone 4S.

The new phone includes a variety of upgrades from it’s predecessor, the iPhone 4, including an upgraded camera, doubled processor speed, doubled power, plus the ability to work on CDMA and GSM networks.

While few were blown away by yesterday’s announcement, hoping for an iPhone 5, one of the handful of new features has quite a few people talking and the internet buzzing.

That feature is called Siri — Apple’s voice control artificial intelligence, which will allow users to speak to their phone to send text messages, check the weather, schedule meetings and place phone calls.

This new feature allows user’s to speak to their mobile phone as they would another person — Reminiscent of countless sci-fi films and TV shows, including Star Trek.

Remember Captain Jean Luc Picard calling out orders to the Enterprise-D’s on-board computer system and replicator? “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.” or Data asking “Computer, where are the Captain and Commander Riker?”

Unfortunately, the voice of Siri will not be that of Majel Roddenberry, as it was on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Instead, the standard computerized female voice on current iPhones will handle the interaction with it’s user.

Another feature of Siri is it’s ability to take dictation. So, instead of typing, the user can say what they’d like written and the iPhone 4S will listen. Siri will be able to take notes, search the web, send messages and update your Facebook status.

Personally, I’ll be starting each dictation with “Captains Log…”
For more information on the new iPhone 4S, visit Apple.com.

Brian is a Boston-based UX/Visual designer, photographer, Apple enthusiast, sci-fi, 80s action and horror movie fan and of course, a lover of all things Star Trek.

You can follow Brian on Twitter @brianwilkins.

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  • Adonis

    I was one of the folks who was disappointed yesterday and while I’d like to see an iPhone 5 sooner than later, Siri does sound pretty cool.

  • Jennifer

    I’m happy with my iPhone 4 for the time being, but it’ll be interesting to see how Siri changes the way we use our phones.

  • Agent Spectro

    Kinda cool. It all comes down to how well it works though.

  • Anonymous

    Voice-commands, awesome! This is a really cool feature. Was even cooler on the Android phones when they came out years ago.

  • Firediamond3

    Without starting a war here, I think it would appear that Siri has the potential to (possibly) be more impressive with voice control than any phone to date. (android or otherwise.)

    In regards to Siri’s voice, I would love to see a jailbreak mod that would give her some “Trekkie” flair; although I have no idea how hard it would be to create such a mod.

  • A Perry218

    I’m happy to see I wasn’t the only one whothought how (for a first for apple really) how revolutionary this is. The next step, voice mods. If Siri works as well as intended, I sure as Q want Majel’s voice reading me my messages. If not her voice then I would happily settle for the DS9 station’s voice.

  • Inchrist6

    I have been doing that my android phone for over a year. Whats the hold up apple?