I'm really looking forward to seeing Her, that creepy/sad/romantic movie starring Joaquin Phoenix in which he falls in love with his computer's operating system. However, I am not remotely concerned about the possibility of anyone falling in love with Siri, Apple's "intelligent personal assistant." Siri is the most irritating virtual creature in existence -- the only remotely human thing she actually seems to do is enjoy taunting our four-year-old, Sylvie. For some time now, Siri has refused to address Sylvie by name, which really should be a very simple matter. Here's the latest update, from about a week ago, in the ongoing Name Wars with Siri.
David: I can fix this! [addressing Siri] Siri, my name is Sylvie!
Siri: Your name is David.
David: I am Sylvie!
Siri: You told me your name was David.
Luke: Let me try. [addressing Siri] Siri, my name is Sylvie.
Siri: Your name is Sylvie.
All of Us: YAY YAY! Good job, Luke!
Sylvie [addressing Siri]: What is my name?
Siri: Your name is David but you asked me to call you Sylvie.
Sylvie storms out of the room wailing.