Apple Needs a “Completely Rethought” Siri, Too

Google Assistant is looking very impressive, and each day I’m more acutely aware of Siri’s lack of progress. Apple needs to buckle down on Siri yesterday. I’m getting nervous. From Daring Fireball, <a href="https://daringfireball.net/linked/2018/03/14/the-information-siri“>in March: > The gist of The Information’s story is that Siri has existed for seven years without cohesive leadership or product vision, and the underlying technology is a mishmash of various systems that don’t work well together. <a href="https://daringfireball.net/2017/04/the_mac_pro_lives“>Like the Mac Pro, Apple needs a “completely rethought” Siri. It should be deeply integrated with third-party applications and hardware across the Apple ecosystem, continually updated, with a centralized and cohesive experience; it should be a true virtual assistant. Apple needs a well-managed, well-financed team to turn Siri into the foundation stone it is meant to be.

It may soon be time to replace my mattress (7 years), and I may take the opportunity to get rid of the frame and downsize slightly. While reading Goodbye, Things, I discovered shikibuton, a traditional Japanese cotton mattress pad about 3 inches thick. Normally they’re placed on a tatami mat on the floor, but I will probably opt for a hardwood folding platform. So far, my replacement set is looking something like this ($475 for the items pictured):

EMOOR Japanese futon with gray cover, double/full

KD Frames Folding Platform Bed, double/full

IKEA Honsbar down comforter


I would love to purchase a set of Belgian flax linen bedding from West Elm (sheets, duvet cover), but on sale they’re $370, so I have a budget pick from IKEA. Also, an alternative to the platform bed frame would be this futon bifold frame from the same manufacturer.

I’ve always had limited cognizance of my talents and strengths and find it very hard to see them as valuable. But according to this HBR article by Whitney Johnson, that’s the norm. In fact, the skills people are hired for are ‘rarely listed on their résumé’. We’re much more likely to value the skills we’ve worked hard on than the ones that come naturally.

So how do you go about recognizing your strengths? Johnson lists 3 questions:

  1. What exasperates you?
  2. What compliments do you dismiss?
  3. What do you think about when you have nothing to think about?

And she points out this method used at CVS:

Brett Gerstenblatt, VP and creative director at CVS, has his team take a personality assessment, then post their top five strengths on their desk. Brett wants people to wear their strengths like a badge. Not to tell others why they’re great, but to remind them to use them.

Honestly, my first thought was this would be useful to remind me why I’m valuable. Building confidence and trust in ourselves as well as in the skills of our co-workers can have a powerful effect.

Understanding and acknowledging each person’s strengths can be a team-building exercise.

Seems like there’s a lot of potential in workplace exercises like this.