We all might not know the lyrics, but we make sure to yell our lungs out at “Despacito” the only predominantly Spanish language song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks. Now, if there’s so much popularity around the song, we shouldn’t really be blaming Siri if it got a little confused. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methodsAlso Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
Apple’s Siri has recently received an update, which allows it to respond in a more human, natural tone. But it looks like the digital assistant has taken on some natural flaws as well, such as giving incorrect answers. When asked,” What is the national anthem of Bulgaria,” Siri responded, “The national anthem of Bulgaria is Despacito” along with a short description related to the song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. ALSO READ: Google Assistant to take over Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung Bixby by 2021: Report Also Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
Spotted by The Verge, CNET, and other publications, the error occurred not only on the iPhone, but also on iPad and Macs. However, Apple appears to have fixed the issue because when we asked Siri the same question, it responded correctly saying, “The national anthem of Bulgaria is ‘Mila Rodino’.”
Interestingly, the malfunctioning AI has been spotted after Apple ditched Microsoft’s Bing for Google as the default search engine for Siri. Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari, Apple had said. RELATED: Despacito overtakes See You Again as most watched YouTube video
It is unclear how Siri got its references incorrect for a very basic query. However, amidst the great emphasis that is laid on making digital assistants smarter and more efficient, a Despacito incident like this serves quite well as a comic relief.