Chris Rawson, writing for TUAW:
Siri’s unhelpful and sometimes misleading answers to pressing
health questions stand in stark contrast to her prompt and
accurate responses to inquiries about nearby escort services,”
says Think Progress, while Slate goes even farther off the deep
end and says, “many around the Web [are] wondering if Siri is
pro-life and whether Apple is attempting to impose its morals upon
the rest of us.”
This is a textbook example of sensationalistic media making
something from absolutely nothing.
Plus, Apple is a pretty progressive company, especially by Fortune 500 standards. If anything, the company’s politics on this issue would skew the other way.
A Siri search for “Planned Parenthood” almost always returns
results no matter where you search in the States — because that
search is powered by Yelp rather than whatever comparatively
limited database Siri is using for more specific searches like
“abortion clinic” or “birth control.” If Siri is really supposed
to be “pro-life” and “imposing morals” on its users, then searches
for the politically charged Planned Parenthood clinics would also
turn up no results, wouldn’t they?
★ Thursday, 1 December 2011