You've seen the commercials: Two good-looking kids in their 20s cross the country on the ultimate road trip with the helpful talking search robot Siri as their guide. She helps them find a rodeo in Amarillo, and barbecue in Kansas City. "Remind me to do this again," they tell her when the trip is over. "OK. I'll remind you," she says.
In another commercial, Siri helps a teenage wanna-be rocker through all the steps of planning the ultimate high school show in his garage including finding the sheet music to "London Calling" and "Whole Lotta Love" and even texting his friends the time and date of the big show. "Siri, call me rock god," he says.
But in real life, Apple's talking personal assistant doesn't function quite so dreamily as it does in the commercials. She doesn't always understand what you're saying, and she often comes back with a wrong answer. For many people it's a minor disappointment, but for one New Yorker the difference between how Siri functions on television and how she functions in real life was worth suing over.
Earlier this week, Frank M. Fazio filed a class-action suit against Apple, asserting that the company's advertisements regarding the Siri feature are "fundamentally and designedly false and misleading." Later in the suit, he calls the advertisements "a fiction."