We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

If Siri Is Star Wars, Then Majel Will Be Star Trek

How will Google respond to Siri? Think the Enterprise's computer.

While Google were pioneers in speech recognition technology on their Android platform, Apple's Siri for iOS has been the real star of listening, virtual assistants of 2011. Siri's natural language processing has given Apple the edge for the time being, but Google aims to change that in the near future, albeit with a slightly different approach.

In this Slashgear interview with Matias Duarte, Google's Director of Android OS User Experience, he describes Google's more cut-and-dry approach to speech recognition with a metaphor I think you will all understand:

"If [Siri]'s Star Wars, you have these robot personalities like C-3PO who runs around and he tries to do stuff for you, messes up and makes jokes, he's kind of a comic relief guy. Our approach is more like Star Trek, right, starship Enterprise; every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. It's not that there's a personality, it doesn't have a name, it's just "Computer."

Google's new secret project is codenamed "Majel," named for the Majel Barrett-Roddenbeery who was the voice of Star Trek's Federation Computer. This isn't the first time Google has drawn inspiration from Star Trek and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Defenders of Threepio, use the comments below!

[Slashgear]

Mike Keller is PCWorld's resident iOS Developer nerd. Catch Diary of a Developer every week here on GeekTech.

Like this? You might also enjoy...

Get more GeekTech: Twitter - Facebook - RSS | Tip us off

IDG UK Sites

Microsoft Band UK release date and price rumours, features and specs: Microsoft smartwatch unveiled

IDG UK Sites

Why Sony's PS4 2.0 update is every gamer's dream (well, mine at least)

IDG UK Sites

This Grolsch ad combines stop-motion & CG for majestic results

IDG UK Sites

Apple rumours and predictions for 2015: What to expect from Apple in 2015