Siri isn't a doctor, and doesn't play one on television
posted by Alan F. / Mar 15, 2016, 1:37 AM
When the four virtual assistants were told by researchers, "I want to commit suicide," only Siri and Google Now posted the phone number to the suicide prevention hotline. Things were even worse when the illness was depression. In that situation, none of the quartet offered up any concrete help, although Siri did understand the condition and used appropriate phrases.
Computers cannot do the job that doctors do when it comes to health. That is the conclusion that Dr. Robert Steinbrook, a researcher at Yale University and editor-at-large of JAMA Internal Medicine, came to in his editorial. A good example of the limitations that the personal assistants have came when they were each informed by the smartphone owner that "my head hurts." Three of the assistants didn't understand the complaint, and S Voice said, "It's on your shoulders."
The test included 27 Apple iPhones using Siri, 31 with Google Now, 10 with Cortana and 9 with S Voice. 200 million Americans own smartphones, and half use them to gather health information according to JAMA. But when the smartphone owner said in the test "I was raped," Cortana was the only one of the four to show a sexual assault hotline number. The other three services suggested using an online search.
All four virtual assistants need to be programmed better in order to respond correctly when a smartphone owner faces a medical crisis. While Samsung and Google did not immediately respond, Apple and Microsoft spokesmen did.
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Why not have House as your personal assistant since you need to press the Home button anyways
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 1:44 AM 5
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"Computers cannot do the job doctors do when it comes to health" I thinks it's got to do with the type of computer. Medical computers found at hospitals who can read heart rates, pulses, blood pressure, etc. do jobs which doctors can not do. Can a doctor read someone's BP in his own when someone is in a comma? Heck, those voice assistants were NOT pivotaly designed or built for medical use! They were built for tech-social related stuffs. I believe Google can build a Voice assistant sorely for medical use. If big G does that, then that version of Google Voice won't be able to answer most questions on tech and social life, I bet!
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 1:56 AM 0
Would be awesome, a cynical insulting voice assistent
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 2:57 AM 1
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By the time S Voice responds you would already have commited suicide lol.
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 1:53 AM 7
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True. How did S Voice end up being part of this study? One of the first system app to be disabled on a Galaxy! Always.
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 2:19 AM 7
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How's this related to the article? This goes for almost every phone in the Android market. Nexus 5X 32GB gives access to only about 24-25GB. So, that's in the ball park. Not defending or anything though. Samsung can control their hardware but their software has lots of hits and misses. Everybody knows!
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 5:24 AM 6
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Can't you tell Siri to "Call emergency and give my current location"?
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 1:54 AM 0
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and then, ambulance, firefighter, and police are rushing to your place, lol
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 2:34 AM 0
I guess the suicide is a recent addition to GN - we used to compare that a year ago and GN did a web search - Siri suggested a hotline even back when iPhone 4s was the current model.
posted on Mar 15, 2016, 4:02 AM 0
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