What Can’t Siri Say

Years ago Peter worked on a film about

Boris Kasparov brilliant difficult Russian chess champion

playing a game against some MIT students who’d

programmed a computer with every possible chess move.

We rooted for Kasparov even though he wasn’t as likable.

as the students.  But he wasn’t a machine.  This morning

I asked Siri to tell me a joke.  I happen to like Siri, picture her

sitting in a room somewhere, Mrs. Maisel-ish, answering

questions wearing one of those dresses.  Can you tell me a joke today?

I asked and she said I can’t.  Why not Siri?  I wondered what the answer

was.  Jokes are not something I know was what she

was programmed to say.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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