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See what happens when you ask Siri to divide zero by zero

Updated: 2015-07-01
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When Siri is asked the maths sum (pictured), it says: 'Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense'
    
Apple's Siri can be a bit of a comedian, if you ask the right questions. 
 
And its latest comical answer, taking the internet by storm, is a response to the simple maths question: 'What is zero divided by zero?' 
 
The voice assistant begins by saying that the sum doesn't make sense before using the Cookie Monster to help explain why.
 
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul tweeted the Siri Easter Egg to his 2.5 million followers earlier today and the term began trending on Twitter. 
  

The software then adds that Cookie Monster (pictured) is sad that there are no cookies, 'and you are sad that you have no friends.' It is the latest comical answer given by Apple's voice assistant
   
When Siri is asked the maths sum, it says: 'Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends.
 
'How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn't make sense. 
 
'And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.' 
 
Siri is renowned for giving funny answers to a wide variety of questions. 
 
For example, if a user asks Siri why the chicken crossed the road it responds: 'Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends on your frame of reference, according to Einstein.' 
  

Siri is renowned for giving funny answers to a wide variety of questions. Its answer to 'why did the chicken cross the road' is pictured
       
When asked to reveal when the world will end, Siri quips: 'I don't know, but I wouldn't worry about it...there are other perfectly good universes.' 
 
And the voice assistant doubles up as a die. Asking Siri to 'roll the dice' generates a number - which is typically three.
 
Siri isn't the only software that contemplates life and the universe. 
 
Earlier this week Google revealed it has created a 'conversation model' that lets a machine answer questions in a similar way to a human. 
 
It was built by Oriol Vinyals and Quoc Le, research scientists at Google Brain. 
 
They used what's known as a sequence-to-sequence framework in which the model converses by predicting the next sentence in a conversation. 
 
Depending on the questions being asked, it can gather information from various sets of data, either based on an IT helpdesk manual, a movie and subtitles database, book quotes and so on. 
 
For example, during a technical support question and answer session the machine was able to diagnose a problem with a user's virtual privacy network, and solve the problem of a browser crashing.
It was then tasked with having an everyday conversation in which it asked the human questions about themselves and responded to the answers. 
 
Once it had been trained, researchers asked more complex and advanced questions that either involved using a larger database for the general knowledge quiz, to more obscure answers such as the meanings of morality, ethics and life.
  
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