Apple under fire for Siri’s response to Sexual Harassment

“‘I’d blush if I could’ is not the response you’d expected to hear when you tell Siri she’s a slut — but it is,” Leah Fessler writes for Quartz at Work. “In February, months before the #MeToo movement erupted, I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to document how these digital personal servants — whose names and voices are already feminized — peddle stereotypes of female subservience, putting their ‘progressive’ parent companies in a moral predicament.” “Amazon tells Quartz At Work that in spring of this year, it Click Here to Read more

[Correction]: Siri has a long way to go before catching up to Google Assistant

“Google might have a long way to go before it starts selling iPhone-like numbers of Pixel phones, but there is one important area where it’s firmly in the lead, and it has nothing to do with bezels or beats,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “It’s about intelligence.” “At its recent iPhone X event, Tim Cook pulled out Steve Jobs’s old Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck is going, but there’s only one company that’s thinking forward right now and it’s not Apple—it’s Google,” Simon writes. “New hardware might have been the reason for the event, but machine Click Here to Read more

Apple changes leadership when it comes to Siri

MacRumors.com has noticed that Apple has modified its employee web page when it comes to Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. Previously held by Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi is now the head of the team that’s responsible for Siri. While not a big deal to some, Federighi is also responsible for overseeing the development of the company’s OS X and now MacOS operating system. This change starts immediately.

Can’t spell a word? Ask Siri

Sometimes, we humans get a brain fart and don’t remember how to spell a word or two. Fortunately, you can ask Siri. Here’s how: Spell (word). How do you spell (word). Spell the word Democrat. Hey Siri, spell the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Using this trick will save you a ton of time and F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N.

4 Year Old Saves Mom’s Life by using Siri to call Emergency Services

A four-year-old boy in the United Kingdom saved his mother’s life after she collapsed, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed, by unlocking his mother’s iPhone and asking Siri to contact the emergency services. Released on Thursday, the call recording for the incident on March 7 consists of a police call hander speaking to Roman, a young boy who called after his mother lost consciousness. Believing his mother to have died, explaining to the handler that she had “(closed) her eyes and she’s not breathing,” Roman then recited his address so that emergency services could arrive. While children in the United Kingdom are told Click Here to Read more

Walt Mossberg calls Siri ‘Too Limiting and Unreliable’ in coming A.I. Wars

Popular tech guru Walt Mossberg evaluated Siri to see if Apple’s A.I. can complete in the coming Artificial Intelligence wars between Amazon, Samsung, and others. In his article entitled “Why does Siri seem so dumb?” covers several topics that Siri could not answer.  The questions ranged from who were the current political candidates, to the date of this year’s World Series, to what was the current weather in Crete. The verdict?  In each instance, Siri failed to provide the correct answers.  He then compared Siri to Google Now, a Siri competitor, and that service could answer all of the above questions. In recent Click Here to Read more

97% of iPhone Users won’t Talk to Siri in Public

“Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and OK Google are all hot names in tech right now. Digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence are the next big thing for Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Consumers however, might not be as excited. We set out to understand more about how consumers are using these agents as well as how they feel about them,” Carolina Milanesi blogs for Creative Strategies. Creative Strategies ran a study in the U.S.A. that focused on 500 mainstream consumers and their use of smartphone-based voice assistants. “21% of our panel have never used Siri, 34% have never used OK Google Click Here to Read more