Why is Apple's virtual assistant named as Siri?

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All the iPhone users love the virtual assistant Siri that lives on every iPhone. The interesting fact is that it wasn't actually created by Apple and Apple had no say over the name, whatsoever.

It was initially a spin-off project from the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. The company when bought up by Apple for the iPhone, they got the Siri along with it. 

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There is no revelation as such who came up with the word Siri and why it was chosen. As per the words of Siri co-creator Adam Cheyer, the name Siri was picked because it's "easy to remember, short to type, comfortable to pronounce, and a not-too-common human name".

Writing in Forbes, he said: "Once Siri became the leading candidate, everyone on the team had their own favorite explanation of the meaning.

Dag Kittlaus, our Norwegian-American CEO, once considered using Siri as the name of his child and liked the Norse meaning 'beautiful woman who leads you to victory'.

For me, Siri, which means 'secret' in Swahili, was a tip of the hat to our pre-named days when we began as

I also liked the fact that it was the reverse of Iris, a software system I helped build as part of the CALO project which Siri was spun out of.

Some liked the resemblance to SRI, which was the research institute that ran the CALO project."

We are not sure which of claims are be true, but no one at the team expected Apple to actually keep the name – but Siri lived on to become the most obedient assistant of Apple Users.

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