What Happens When Siri And Google Voice Talk To Each Other?

To put it mildly, it goes very wrong very fast:

What happens when two of the most popular digital voices speak to each other? A whole lot of confusion, that’s what. Artist Michael Silber wanted to put both Siri and Google Voice to the test, so he had the two applications talk to each other and saw what happened. Here is the way he described his process:

PROCESS 1. I recorded the audio of Siri reading a selection of text. 2. I placed a call to myself and played the Siri audio recording into my Google Voice voicemail. 3. I instructed Siri to read the new Google Voice transcription, including any errors and recorded a new audio clip. 4. I placed a call to myself and played the new Siri audio recording back into my Google Voice voicemail.

Silber repeated the process 10 times for this video, and 50 times for another one.

Here’s the video of the the experiment done ten times:

And here it is at 50 times, by the time you get to the 40s there aren’t even coherent sentences being formed:

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Mikey says:

    “Whenever castration in the office…”

    Whatever I do, I am NOT calling (808) 100-8818.

  2. @Mikey:

    I think it’s the ticket counter at the Human Computer Interactions airport.

  3. andrew e. says:

    Dammit, I’m really not going to see the Singularity in my lifetime am I?

  4. Chris says:

    Google Voice translations of voice mail are horrible Siri or no Siri. You can mostly get the gist of the call from the translation but it’s mangled pretty badly. The only reason I use it is so I can access voice mails in any order. I had an iphone before I switched to android and I got used to that functionality.

  5. rodney dill says:

    Open the pod bay doors, Hal.