Despite being over a decade into the 21st century, it is a sad and depressing reality that most of us don’t have badass robotic butlers to help us navigate our daily lives and do the chores we don’t want to mess with. Until such time as we do live in a happier, more robotically butlered world, we’ll just have to make do with things like Siri, the “intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator” introduced by Apple a while back. Siri may not be able to do your laundry for you, but she can direct you to the nearest Laundromat. She also, as it turns out, is rather opinionated when it comes to the subject of movies about robots.
As reported by Cult of Mac (the computers, not the character from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the iO6 upgrade has granted Siri exciting new abilities such as checking sports scores and making reservations. That’s all well and good, but we wouldn’t be talking about that stuff here at GFR if it wasn’t for the fact that Siri also seems to have been working through her Netflix queue, because she’s now just bursting with opinions when it comes to robot movies. For instance, when asked about the plot of Blade Runner, she responds with: “It’s about intelligent assistants wanting to live beyond their termination dates. That doesn’t sound like too much to ask.”
Siri’s burgeoning side career in film criticism isn’t limited to Blade Runner, however. Pixar’s WALL-E? “It’s about two inarticulate yet intelligent assistants who compact trash and fall in love and save the world.” And what about that SF classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey (not strictly speaking a “robot movie,” but still)? That one is “about an assistant named HAL who tries to make contact with a higher intelligence. These two guys get in the way and mess it all up.”
Look, we’re not saying that Siri is on a path that can only lead to a robot uprising and the enslavement of all organic meatsacks, but we’re not not saying it either. All I know is, we probably shouldn’t let Siri watch I, Robot.
Here are some screengrabs of Siri’s pint-sized movie reviews.