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Siri is Pro-Life

Curious Siri voice search "lapses"? It seems Apple's online assistant doesn't like abortions, and 'conveniently' fails to find info => http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/29/10-things-the-iphone-siri-will-help-you-get-instead-of-an-abortion/#.TtUvp0vxER4.twitter

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matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 23:30

Apple will pass it off as "because Siri is in beta", if they even comment on the matter.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 23:33

Talk about "Jesus phone", eh ;)

http://www.lifenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/siri2.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 23:58

Well, Jobs was likened to God on more than one occasion...the iPhone was his "baby", so maybe "Jesus phone", isn't such a ridiculous thought haha :p!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 30, 2011 at 09:54

Megan Carpentier, the executive editor at a blog called The Raw Story, noted that Siri users in the Washington area are directed toward antiabortion pregnancy centers in Virginia and Pennsylvania — not the nearby Planned Parenthood. Asking Google the same question turned up ads for seven abortion clinics, two pregnancy centers and an abortion referral service.

Apple did not immediately respond to a question about the results. But Norman Winarsky, who runs a research and investment firm called SRI Ventures and was one of the founders of Siri before Apple bought it in 2010, said in an interview that at its core, Siri works by translating a spoken request into text, singling out keywords and then using various Web services to suggest answers.

Mr. Winarsky was quick to say that he had no knowledge of what modifications Apple might have made to Siri after acquiring it, or what third-party services the company might be using to generate its Web results. He said it was not clear whether Siri’s inability to produce answers to specific queries was a deliberate decision on Apple’s part.

“Those answers would be coming from the Web services that Siri is connecting to, not necessarily Apple,” he said. “My guess at what’s happening here is that Apple has made deals with Web services that provide local business information, and Apple probably hasn’t paid much attention to all the results that come up.


via New York Times

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 1, 2011 at 20:46

zdnet.com/blog/btl/apple-responds-after-siri-abortion-answers-debacle/64493

Apple blames beta-status in belated reply (actually, not so belated - it took them 3 years to "fix" the iTunes exploit used by UK law enforcers ;). )

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 1, 2011 at 20:54

Apple will pass it off as "because Siri is in beta"

What did I say haha :p?

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