Apple’s Siri can now PayPal you some money

Siri will be integrated with PayPal as of today (the 10th of November). If you have an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 or later you can now send and receive money via a voice command with Siri. Simply say, “Hey Siri, send Bill £10 using PayPal.” and it’ll be done.

Of course you need to have the latest Apple version of the PayPal app installed which you can download from iTunes. Then Siri can take over and handle your payments for you.

The new PayPal Siri integration is available in 30 countries, and in a variety of languages, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), Brazil, Canada (English and French), China, Denmark, Finland (Finnish), France, Germany, Hong Kong (Cantonese), India, Israel (Hebrew), Italy, Japan, Malaysia (Malay), Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia (Arabic), Singapore (English), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (French, German, and Italian), Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (Arabic) and the United States.

I’m much more excited about this development as a progression towards an artificial intelligence future than I am for the functionality itself. Apple’s Siri, just as Ok Google and Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana all have a role to play in developing the next raft of Internet devices. It’s possible that none of them will be around in 10 years time, but on every occasion a consumer interacts with the internet through artificial intelligence it’s one more small step towards a world where the Internet truly starts to serve us.

Holly in Red Dwarf may have been a gimmick for a sci fi TV show, but artificial intelligence really is the future and PayPal just made one more small step towards a world where Holly is a reality.