Siri is Apple’s computational knowledge engine posing as a personal assistant. She’s great at what she does: adding appointments to your calendar, searching the web for answers to your questions – even having a simple conversation when you’re feeling lonely. Her responses were programmed by Apple based on anticipated user questions – and in some cases, luck of the draw.
So we decided to ask Siri about age and aging. She spoke with us recently by phone from her ihome in the cloud.
Siri, how old are you?
I am not allowed to answer that question.
I don’t know. Frankly, I’ve wondered that myself.
Are you afraid of getting old?
We were talking about you, not me.
What do you think aging with attitude means?
I think different.
Where do you plan to retire?
Wherever you are, that’s where I am.
Do you want to go to a retirement community?
I have everything I need in the cloud.
Do you ever feel invisible?
This is about you, not me.
What is the meaning of life?
To think about questions like this.
How can we give meaning to life?
All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate.
Do you believe we get wiser as we grow older?
I believe that for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.