Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa: how many "virtual people" that surround us! And sometimes they also risk intruding when less is needed, and especially when no one has asked for an "opinion". The risk is that we will create embarrassing situations, perhaps even when we are on live television in front of millions of people …
This is what happened to the meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker, that on BBC he was busy updating the public on the difficult climatic conditions in different parts of the United States, especially regarding the copious snow that has been covering cities like Denver and Minneapolis for days. So what's worse than being contradicted live from your watch?
Yes, because while Schafernaker was talking about how the forecast predicted a lot of snow, we do not know why and we do not know how but Siri on Apple Watch "allowed" herself to contradict him by repeating live:
There's no snow in the forecast,
or: "no snow is expected". Embarrassed but ready to joke about it, the meteorologist has quickly blamed his Apple Watch trying – just as quickly – to continue with "plan", as he himself defines it. Too bad he hadn't come to terms with a sarcastic presenter, who wanted to take advantage of this" slip "(as we talk of snow) to try to understand better what happened.
But there is snow in your predictions!
stressed the journalist in the studio. And Schafernaker's only prompt answer was "yes, but he doesn't know what place he's talking about", saving himself" in corner "and convincing everyone. Or almost. The funny curtain then had a second act on social media, where first of all the BBC itself wanted to joke about reposting on Twitter the" topical moment ", and where the meteorologist has – just as jokingly – called into question Apple specifying that he had never interviewed Siri while he was live.
Yeah, but what really happened? the most obvious reason – also suggested by several users on social media – is that Scafernaker had activated the "Raise to Speak" function, which starting from watchOS 5 allows you to activate Siri simply by raising your arm (just a year ago, among other things, it had been hit by a bug that prevented it from working correctly). In practice, instead of pronouncing "Hey Siri, what's the weather like?", just raise your arm and ask"What is the weather like?" directly.
Never I never summoned Siri! And it goes off …. @Apple https://t.co/0Ymx3EGiTN
– Tomasz Schafernaker (@Schafernaker) November 28, 2019
After all, the answer came just when the meteorologist emphasized how Denver is a city high up in altitude (over 1,600 meters above sea level), accompanying the words with a gesture. Here the Apple Watch may have recognized the command Raise to Speak, activating Siri who, at that point, listened meddling.
It could have been much worse.