2 minutes | Dec 2, 2019

My iPhone Did My Homework – Podcast Episode

If you’ve ever talked to an assistant on a mobile device, like Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant, you probably know that it doesn’t always understand what you are saying as well as you would like. And, often, when you type on a phone or tablet, the autocorrect feature can make some pretty bizarre mistakes. I was thinking about this the other day and I wondered what would happen if you tried to get Siri to do your homework problems for you. Would she understand your questions and give you correct answers, or would she occasionally make crazy errors? What if every answer was wrong, and yet you wrote them down anyway? That was where the idea for this poem came from. Of course, even though this is an exaggeration that would never happen in real life, I recommend you do your own homework rather than relying on your phone to do it for you, just in case. My iPhone Did My Homework My iPhone did my homework. I simply talked to Siri. I read her all the problems and she answered every query. I asked her, “What is five times twelve?” She answered, “Allentown.” Her answer seemed suspicious but I shrugged and wrote it down. I asked her, “Who’s the President or leader of Peru?” She answered, “Forty seven,” so I wrote that one down too. I asked her ten more questions, and she answered every one. Her answers seemed bizarre but I was glad to have it done. It seems that Siri’s not too smart, or maybe slightly deaf. I turned my homework in today and got big, red “F.” I guess, for homework, Siri’s not the best to call upon. I’ll only let Alexa do my homework from now on. —Kenn Nesbitt
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