Former Apple engineer: Siri is too clunky to be like ChatGPT

Tram Ho

John Burkey, a former Apple engineer who was tasked with improving Siri in 2014 and left the company in 2016, in a recent interview shared that Siri’s cumbersome design would make it difficult for people to use Siri. the addition of new features.

“Siri can answer simple questions like what’s the weather like today, or can you play this song,” says Burkey, and the system does that by pulling information from the database. a database with a large reserve of words like restaurant locations and musician names, so Siri can only understand a limited number of requests, which means engineers have to add new words to the facility its data to expand the capabilities of this personal assistant.

It sounds simple, but from Burkey’s point of view, Siri’s database is “a big snowball” . He said adding new phrases could take up to six weeks because of the need to overhaul the entire database. Therefore, integrating more advanced features like ChatGPT can take about a year. And he also said that even updating Siri’s basic features can take weeks because of its complicated and outdated coding system.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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Burkey’s view of Siri comes as the AI ​​ChatGPT chatbot is currently running on GPT-4, its most advanced language model. And the tech world says that with its impressive capabilities, the new AI system risks making voice assistant technologies obsolete.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, which recently poured $10 billion into OpenAI, also told the Financial Times this month that compared to ChatGPT, voice assistants like Amazon’s Siri and Alexa are simply “as dumb as they are.” mussels”.

Siri co-author Adam Cheyer also agrees with this view. He told the Financial Times that ChatGPT’s ability to do things like write essays and develop programming code makes current voice assistants look stupid.

Many Siri users are even expressing similar views. On Reddit, many people have asked questions like “Why is Siri so stupid” or “Is Siri getting dumber every year?”

Siri isn’t the only voice assistant struggling. A report last November showed that Amazon’s Alexa division had an operating loss of more than $3 billion last year.

“Alexa is a huge failure of the imagination,” said a former Amazon employee. “It was a wasted opportunity.”

Like Amazon, Google is struggling to generate significant revenue with its assistant. However, Amazon and Google will continue to build and add new capabilities to their voice assistants, representatives from each company said.

As for Apple, employees on its Siri team are said to be testing AI language models, although no products have been announced yet.

Refer to BI

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