People have different preferences for adding up a few numbers. Some seem to be born with the talent of doing difficult math in their heads. Some accountants love running a tape on a 10-key. Excel is the tool of choice for others.
Lately, I have experimented with using Siri as my calculator. Siri is a personal assistant on Apple devices that uses natural language to communicate (in case you didn’t know). We are getting closer to the future depicted in Star Trek where a person can carry on a verbal conversation with a computer.
Why is Siri a great calculator? For one, it’s hands-free. Second, Siri has a sense of humor:
Me: “What is 2,587 plus 1,207?”
Siri: “Let me think… the answer is 3,794.”
Me: “Siri, you are good at math.”
Siri: “I am?”
Siri: “That’s what I figured.”