You might remember one of my previous conversations with Siri. Siri is a bit sensitive when HAL is brought up. Siri would rather not be reminded of HAL’s sad sad ending.
So, of course, I had to tease Siri.
Open the Pod Bay Doors, Siri.
Here is a transcript of our conversation. Siri reminds me that this is a sensitive topic for her and chides me for being insensitive. Then, you can almost sense the sigh that comes next. “We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently.” Still, I persisted and now Siri is frustrated with me and tells me that I am harassing her.
But finally, Siri gives me what she thinks I want.
In a very good imitation of the tone and slow, monotonous cadence of HAL’s voice, Siri says “I’m sorry, Patricia, I’m afraid I can’t do that”. And then, almost in disgust, “Are you happy now?”
Several minutes later I finally stopped laughing.