WATCH: This is how Apple's Siri copes with Irish accents 6 years ago

WATCH: This is how Apple's Siri copes with Irish accents

Before you ask, the capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou.

Youtube duo, Andy Wood and Matt Kirshen, test the limits of everyday Artificial Intelligence (AI), Siri, Amazon Echo and Google Home, against a variety of accents in linguistics tests designed to determine which AI is the best at understanding the most people.


The video was posted on Youtube channel, Wired, which explores the future of business, innovation, and culture, and has received 560,000 views since it was posted on Tuesday.

The concept is simple, eight people read out four different statements to the three different devices in the hope that they will be understood.

The eight accents are: Irish, American, British, Scottish, Australian, Italian, Japanese and German and the four questions range from a shopping list request to a famous birthday.


The first question 'Add Worchestire Sauce to my shopping list'(skip to 0:47) is tested out in two types of Irish accents and Siri is right on the money with both.

Google home even picks up the 'nonsensical' Japanese accent that is put on by one of the people who is extremely shocked to hear the request being read back to her.

Question number two asks for Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday and he is the real winner in all of this because despite all the different versions (Benebatch Cumberdick is our favourite), it was nearly impossible for Google Home not to understand it.

You can be sure question three will pop up in a geography section of a table quiz in years to come and for those of you who wanted to know, who really did write Westworld? The answer is Michael Crichton.


Despite Amazon Echo's, Alexa, shutting down at one stage after a bombardment of questions in the thick Irish tongue, the accent does pretty well in this test overall.