Forget a new HomePod, Apple needs an assistant that’s actually smart

Voice assistants aren’t perfect, and it would be unreasonable to expect them to be. The technology to recognize words themselves in a huge range of accents and tones is incredible, and further deciphering the jumbled cadences and vocabulary of natural speech takes the challenge to the next level. It’s not surprising that our devices sometimes can’t understand what we’re saying. But the problem with Siri, beyond all other voice assistants I’ve tried, isn’t merely failure. It’s misplaced self-confidence. It’s

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