Recently on the news, there has been talks regarding Apple’s latest app, Siri. With the recent release of the Apple iPhone 4S comes Siri, a voice-activated personal assistant who can direct you to pretty much anything that you ask for. However, what stirred up so many people was Siri’s inability to produce an answer when asked a question regarding where to get an abortion or obtain birth control. As mentioned in an article on the Huffington Post, when asked such a question, Siri would reply along the lines of “Sorry, I don’t see any places matching [your query].” or provide locations to crisis pregnancy centers.
Now I’ve mentioned that this app is still new and probably still has glitches, but does this “blind spot” regarding information on women’s health show that even in this modern time and day, women are still struggling to find information on health care? Siri’s purpose is to help guide one with information and answers to questions that we have, but as they said in the article, “Ask it for the nearest hardware store, reservations for two at your favorite Italian restaurant, where to buy Viagra, and presto — you’ve got names, maps and phone numbers. Yet the trusty little wizard suddenly gets amnesia when asked about birth control or abortion care.” Is it really a glitch that Apple has not been aware of yet or is this issue on women’s health so disregarded that there are no options when asked?
We’re aware that the issue of abortion is very controversial here in the United States but to not have an answer was somewhat surprising when I first heard about it. However, I believe that as technology advances, we become too dependent on it to accomplish all our tasks. We rely on things like our smart phones, iPads, and Kindles to have everything we need. Though it is much easier, everything is placed within these gadgets. Again, Siri is still a new app and because it is an app, it is not perfect. It comes very close but there will be issues. Apple should definitely work on correcting this but overall, I don’t really believe, as the author of the article says, that it is trying to hide or limit options for us to have. Overall, the app is simply something that takes what we give and provides us with the best choice. As mentioned, it is not perfect.
Personally, I’ve never really dealt with using Siri so anybody who has and came across a similar issue where something they have asked was not helpfully answered, I would love to know. But based on this humorous website dedicated to some of the answers that Siri provided, I rest my case that this app still needs work. http://shitsirisays.com/ (WARNING: Contains vulgar language and may not be safe for work)
Also, the Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cecile-richards/what-siris-blind-spot-on_b_1125377.html