Siri and her running mate, Tim Cook. © Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Corbis
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
White House press conferences often involve all the excitement of a snail trying to make out with a tortoise.
Anything that can break the monotony — or at least add a touch of levity — is surely welcome.
On Thursday someone without any press credentials made quite a few hardened journalists giggle.
A long-winded — though no doubt fascinating — question was being asked by a journalist. It was about whether the president was sad that Republicans weren’t supporting his Iran deal.
Siri suddenly interjected: “Sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.”
At least two journalists giggled. Which is a vast achievement, as the White House press corps takes itself terribly seriously. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also cracked a smile.
It’s unclear, though, what question Siri was trying to answer. Was she practicing for her future role as president of this great nation and declaring that she, too, was in favor of the Iran deal?
Was she perhaps answering a typed question about Apple’s latest event, in which new Apple Watch straps were unveiled?
Or could it be that the journalist who owned that particular iPhone was begging Siri to find some way to change their life and get them out of this staggeringly dull press conference?
We may never know.
How moving it might be one day if White House press conferences didn’t feature a real human being attempting to offer half-truths, obfuscations and hastily prepared talking points to an assemblage of the boorish and biased.
How stunning it would be if an iPhone was placed on the podium and answered questions in Siri’s pleasant, considered monotone.
I fancy this development is a matter of months away. I feel sure it must be high on the future President Trump’s agenda.