Hot topics: Some say Apple's Siri is anti-abortion
You know that cool iPhone 4S in your hand? The one that has a female-voiced assistant named Siri helping you make calls, search the Internet and organize your life? Well, she might be blatantly anti-abortion.
At least, that's what some people are saying after news spread that Siri has been unable to provide iPhone users with results on birth control, contraceptives and abortions or unable to give people directions to abortion clinics.
Yet, oddly, Siri has been able to provide information about Viagra and escort services.
Regardless of the perceived gender slight, Siri's perceived slant has inspired the expected reactions from two sides of our society's most vitriolic debate.
The anti-abortion crowd applauded Siri's apparent disregard of the controversial medical procedure.
On the other side of
the divide, pro-choice advocates rallied to petition Apple to expand Siri's awareness of the issue.
Meanwhile, others speculated that Apple had covertly designed a political statement into its popular new software.
Not so, Apple said to the New York Times on Wednesday.
The Times article quoted Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, as saying, "Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn't always find what you want. ... These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks."
Sounds like typical public relations non-speak and a sure sign Apple will be enlightening Siri on the idea of objectivity.