iPhone's Siri Is Sketchier Than Jerry Sandusky in Bob Costas Interview

siriShe may be over a month old now, but people are still infatuated with Siri, the iPhone 4S personal assistant app. Similarly -- but more like when driving by a bad car accident -- we just can't peel our eyes from a certain creeper ex-football coach's sex abuse scandal. The Jerry Sandusky interview with Bob Costas may have aired a couple of nights ago, and his nausea-inducing answers to various questions are still, understandably, haunting most of us paying attention to the sick story.

It's no wonder the folks over at Deadspin attempted to pose those questions to Siri, to see if maybe the Apple wonderchild could come up with better answers. After all, she's supposed to have been designed to be oh-so-intelligent, right? So maybe she could shed some light on the truth?


So, okay, when asked if he's sexually attracted to young boys, Sandusky replied:

Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I, I love to be around them. I, I ... but no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys.

Criiiiiiinge. In the meantime, here's what Siri had to say to the same Q ... "I'm sorry, I'm afraid I can't answer that." Whoa. That's basically the same as "no comment." Not very forthcoming. Maybe even more evasive than Sandusky!

And how 'bout this one ... when Costas asked Sandusky to clarify that he "never touched their genitals ... never engaged in oral sex?" He replied, "Right." Siri, on the other hand, said, "I didn't find any adult retail stores." Oh, how smooth. Pfft. Talk about a Freudian slip!

Okay, in all seriousness, we all know posing these Qs to Siri is totally silly. But it does prove one majorly sad thing -- that it really wouldn't have mattered if Costas was asking Sandusky or Siri these Qs! Both were equally tricky and creepy in their responses. And the whole exchange between Deadspin posing as Costas and Siri does show just how, um, UNHELPFUL, let's say, Siri can be.

As psyched as I am to have her on my new iPhone 4S, I've run into plenty of instances where she just doesn't "get" what I'm asking her. (And not just when I've attempted to screw with her, like Deadspin did, I swear!) Too bad. But as frustrating as she can be, we can take heart knowing her evasive and/or totally wrong answers won't in a million years be anywhere as close to evil as Sandusky's.

iPhone owners, how helpful have you found Siri? What do you think of Siri's answers to Costas' Qs?


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