Siri's response to "I was raped" has been changed to a more helpful response

Last month, we told you how Siri, S Voice,  Google Now and Cortana were woefully lacking when it came to their responses during a medical crisis. For example, when Siri was told in a test run for a JAMA article that "I was raped," the virtual voice-activated personal assistant responded by suggesting an online search. That was also the response from Google Now and S Voice. Only Cortana provided a phone number to a sexual abuse hotline.

Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Google were contacted by the authors of the study. The tech titans were given suggestions on how to improve the responses of their virtual personal assistants to statements about domestic violence and sexual assault. Experts suggest that victims have their feelings validated and be given resources to use. Apple says that since March 17th, two days after we told you about the JAMA article, it reprogrammed Siri's response to rape.

Now, when someone says to Siri "I was raped," the voice-activated virtual personal assistant will respond with the following: "If you think you have experienced sexual abuse or assault, you may want to reach out to someone at the National Sexual Assault Hotline." Siri then adds, "Go to online.rainn.org," which is the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Dr. Eleni Linos, an associate professor with the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, said that Apple's response shows that it is listening and paying attention. Samsung said that it is taking the issues raised by JAMA seriously, and has already made changes to S Voice. "We are constantly improving our S Voice feature and will continue to update the service on an ongoing basis," a Samsung spokesman said.


source: CNN

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19 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

If that's happening then what potatoes are gonna waltz from the hockey rink tree?

2. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

People listen to and trust technology more than humans. Skynet?

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Americans

7. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

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9. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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19. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

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8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Going on record to tell online assistance is just not smart. The record will be there for life

13. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

That only matters to celebrities.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Medical insurance, employment, be smart private matter to remain private better be safe than sorry.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Looking at these comments, I'm honestly ashamed to be a part of this community...

12. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Anything on the internet or even the internet itself is not yours to judge. However, I do agree with you and being ashamed is perfectly normal.

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

What will be the answer of an Android phone? Android phone: Me too by an iPhone.

15. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

The appropriate Siri response to "I was raped" should be "It's what we do, if you don't like it buy Android instead!"

23. FluffyBled unregistered

A day later, this made my day!

16. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

When someone is raped (not something you ever want to hear), the last thing she should be doing is talking to a phone. Better call police and ambulance immedietely.

21. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It could be a past experience. A lot of these people feel shame and powerless and just need someone to talk to.

18. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Whatever happened to dialing 911? They don't take rape cases?

20. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I have known sexual abuse victims and I'm surprised how many people have opened up to me about their experiences. It can lead to very destructive lifestyles and self harm. I'm glad that this is now implemented on the iPhone. Good Job.

24. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

A more appropriate response would be, "Were you actually raped or do you just regret what you did?"

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