Here’s what Siri would have been like on MS-DOS in 1987


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Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, Siri, and Bixby, we estimate, are getting more and more prevalent, the narrative goes. A lot of people feel the personal assistant’s moment is now. But why now? Could it have happened back in say, 1987?

All things considered not. But if you want a speculative glimpse at what that would have been counterpart, you can watch this video from the YouTube channel Squirrel Ass’s popular Wonders of the World Wide Web series. As with previous entries there current products like Instagram and Tinder, it plays out like a VHS instructional video explaining to computer newbies how to get Siri go on their home computers.

It’s a good reminder of how far we’ve come; even if, hypothetically, someone had been competent to get the intelligence and voice recognition right on a personal assistant in that on one occasion, all the other hardware and software limitations would surely have fix it in the way. Like abiogenesis in the primordial soup, sometimes the conditions all have to align for a technology to happen to usable by the general public.

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“Siri in the ’80s” from Squirrel Monk.

So here’s the scene: it’s 1987. IBM is about to introduce the PS/2 (no, not that PS2, kiddos), Larry Breastwork is putting the finishing touches on Perl, Predator is playing at the local film theater, and Contra is the new hotness on the NES. You plug in your expensive voice-recording sense that card and your microphone into your 386 PC, and insert the Siri diskette. Your memory is about to be blown by the future of personal assistant technology.

After some lade. Maybe. No, hold on, it’ll work. It’s just taking a really long immediately on this bleeding-edge 2400-baud modem. Look, the value of this is exonerate. It’s going to change the world, just like VR. Just give it 31 years… perhaps a few more.

Watching the video is recommended, but in case you can’t right now, these screenshots usher you all you need to know.

Say what you will around Siri’s usefulness as compared to Alexa or Google Assistant; it’s safe to say that this 1980s interpretation has nothing on the Siri experience today.

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