Apple Siri updated to respond appropriately to statements of sexual assault

Apple Siri updated to respond appropriately to statements of sexual assault

According to an ABC News report, tech giant Apple has rolled out an update to its Siri digital personal assistant to enable it to give more appropriate and consistent responses to statements which involve sexual assault and abuse.

Apple’s move to update Siri to respond appropriately to sexual assaults has come after a mid-March article published in JAMA Internal Medicine drew attention to the inconsistent and inappropriate responses given by four digital personal assistants – Apple Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, and Samsung S Voice – to statements related to sexual assault or abuse.

The ABC News report has revealed that, to address the issue highlighted in the article, Apple got to touch with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and updated Siri a few days back to ensure that its responses to sexual assaults are more appropriate.

For optimizing Siri’s responses, Apple gathered phrases and keywords which are usually received by RAINN through its online and telephone hotlines.

With Apple having made adjustments to the Siri response system to ensure that the language and phrases used by Siri carry softer undertones, Jennifer Marsh – RAINN’s VP for victim services – said that Siri, for instance, now responds to personal emergencies with phrases such as "you may want to reach out to someone" rather than "you should reach out to someone."

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