Siri's Co-creator Ponders "Her"

 Siri might not be Samantha yet, but she's great at boiling my eggs.

Hollywood has always shown the way to the future. It’s a little known fact that, for decades, the bigscreen inspired many forward-looking technologies long before their day. (The reverse has also been true: Steven Spielberg asked his way around Silicon Valley to find out where technology was likely to be in 50 years prior to filming “Minority Report.”)

My line of business was no exception to this trend. Siri was seriously influenced by Stanley Kubrick’s HAL 9000 character in “2001: A Space Odyssey” as well as the talking computers from “Star Trek” and KITT from “Knight Rider.” I’ll bet David Hasselhoff is using Siri right now.