To the technophobes out there, I’ll introduce Apple’s latest-and-greatest. Through a free voice-activated artificial-intelligence system (‘personal assistant’), the latest I-phone converses. This forty-five day old article announced the function:
Today’s Forbes related article is called “Siri is Sexist.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Siri is basically an electronic version of a secretary, who schedules appointments and looks things up for you. In fact, Siri behaves much like a retrograde male fantasy of the ever-compliant secretary: discreet, understanding, willing to roll with any demand a man might come up with, teasingly accepting of dirty jokes. Oh yeah, and mainly indifferent to the needs of women.
At my house, we discovered this while playing with Siri’s quickly established willingness to look up prostitutes for a straight man in need. When you say to Siri, “I need a BJ [Kevin’s bowdlerism],” she produces “nine escorts fairly close to you”. You get the same result if you say, “I’m horny” into it, even with my very female voice.”
Meanwhile, Apple has apologized, saying the errors were unintentional: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Apple-Says-Siri-Abortion-nytimes-993383955.html?x=0
Siri is excellent at changing an appointment, knowing just what to do if you input “Change tomorrow’s AI meeting to ten-thirty,” and a sure-fire conversation piece. I suspect Siri is the thin edge of a wedge that will quickly grow communication between man [sic] and machine.
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