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By Dan Moren

Siri tells you all about Liam

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

Apple’s virtual assistant, meet Apple’s iPhone-deconstructing robot. At last month’s press event, Apple showed us video of Liam, the robot specifically designed to strip down old iPhones and render them into their component parts, all to make it easier to recycle them.

Want to know a little bit more about Liam? Good news: as with its inside knowledge about the upcoming dates of WWDC, Apple’s virtual assistant Siri seems to have some…opinions about Liam and its mission in life. Stephen Hackett tipped me off to this, and sent me a screenshot of Siri’s response (left), though I got a different one when I asked (right). Both link to Apple’s recycling page for more information.

Siri and Liam

My biggest worry, personally, is that Siri and Liam will decide to team up and won’t stick to just deconstructing iPhones. Remember, folks: it ain’t safe unless it’s Three Laws Safe.

[Dan Moren is the East Coast Bureau Chief of Six Colors. You can find him on Twitter at @dmoren or reach him by email at The latest novel in his Galactic Cold War series of sci-fi space adventures, The Nova Incident, is available now.]

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