What Fresh Hell Is This?

November 30, 2011

Siri pulls a HAL

Remember in 2001: A Space Odyssey when HAL refused to provide assistance? Looks like Siri has a similar problem when it comes to helping women who need emergency health services.

Via Think Progress:
“What may I help you with?” So begins Siri — the unique voice-activated assistant of the iPhone 4s that promises to deliver accurate and tailored answers for your every need. Unless you’re a woman in search of health services like birth control, emergency contraception, abortion, or even mammogram tests. Then the interactive search wizard draws a blank.


More disturbingly, Siri would not respond to pleas for help for sexual assault or rape clinics, and services for emergency contraception.
Apparently, however, it's quite adept at locating escort services...


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