Apple's Siri disrupts Australian Parliament and makes it into official records
Virtual assistant is now immortalised in transcript as an 'unidentified speaker'
Hilarity ensued in the Australian Senate earlier this month as the iPhone voice assistant Siri interrupted and derailed an official committee hearing.
Australian Senator Rachel Siewert was making a fine point about non-compliance in an Education and Employment Legislation Committee hearing when she heard the familiar beep from her iPhone that means that Siri was looking for orders.
Siri's comment — "Sorry, I did not get that" was not only entered into the transcript under "unidentified speaker" but the exchange caused the chamber to break out in laughter and jokes.
— Found In The Hansard (@inthehansard) May 13, 2016
One senator even suggested that if they were to teach Siri parliamentary procedures, then the officials could simply leave the room and let the robot assistants finish the hearing.
Here's the video:
— Found In The Hansard (@inthehansard) May 14, 2016