Apple's big TV plans maybe might include Siri integration, but a recent survey suggests that bot-controlled television is not something people would want or use. "Only 37% of 4S owners said they definitely wanted voice-commands on their television set, while 20% said they did not want them there," writes The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro, citing a survey done by the consulting group Parks Associates. Asking 482 iPhone 4S users how they employ their bots, the survey found that humanity hasn't embraced that kind of robot-enabled future yet.
What do people use Siri for? Pretty standard phone-ish things, so far. A third of those surveyed use the iAssistant to make phone calls and send text messages, making those the most popular activities. But other than that, Siri doesn't get much play. Over a third of those surveyed never used the voice-activiation to play music or schedule meetings.
Siri users aren't that adventurous with their phones, which might explain the lack of enthusiasm for Siri-TV. There's something about talking to a phone that feels dumb even though users have had about six months to get used to the bot. It no longer feels weird to ask Siri to type out a text or make a call. But, taking it to that next activity control level, however, still feels strange since you're still having a conversation with an inanimate object. It reminds us of this favorite anecdote from a New York Times commenter, discussing the absurdity of Siri phone etiquette. "On the morning of Thanksgiving, I saw a lone Williamsburg hipster on a deserted street telling his phone, with increasing insistence and volume, 'I'm hungry,'" wrote Josh K.