While Siri, the voice-activated assistant on iPhones and iPads, can sometimes be helpful, she can be equal parts maddening as she struggles to understand what you want and communicates back to you in a stilted and not-always-helpful manner.
A video out Thursday from online news source The Daily Dot imagines just how extra-frustrating life would be if Siri were your mom. Best of all, the video features voice actor Susan Bennett, the woman who actually created the voice of Siri for Apple.
"Mom, why don't you ever listen to me?" the young woman in the video laments. "I'm just having a bad day and you're not helping."
Intones Siri: "I don't know what you mean by 'I'm having a bad day.' Would you like me to search the Web?"
In 2013, Bennettshe actually created the voice tracks for Siri back in 2005 for a company called ScanSoft, working four hours a day for a month. "So when I recorded those voices, I had absolutely no idea where they would end up," she said. She also probably never thought she'd be playing a computerized voice in a YouTube video someday.
Siri launched with the iPhone 4S in 2011.
At least when Siri refuses to help on your phone, you can always just type your question into a browser window. But when your mom tells you where the nearest Sears appliance center is when you're trying to get relationship advice, I'm not sure what alternative you really have.