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Apple Says Siri Isn't Intentionally Anti-Abortion

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Earlier this week, it was widely reported that Siri won't locate abortion clinics. It's a troubling thought that the magical device you carry in your pocket may not share your views on women's reproductive rights. However, today an Apple spokeswoman told the New York Times that Siri isn't necessarily harboring conservative views:

"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."


That does make a bit of sense, but I'm still not entirely convinced. At first I thought it was just a glitch that Siri could learn the name of my "boyfriend" by not my "fiancé." Now I'm worried that she may have reservations about my relationship. If you catch Siri secretly displaying a "Bachmann For President" home screen when she thinks you aren't looking, please let us know!

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I'm bothered by how angry people are getting about this.

Firstly - how many people looking to get an abortion are going to do so in such a last-minute manner that they have to use Siri to find one? Doesn't it dawn on you earlier in the decision process to maybe Google the place you are planning to go to have the procedure done? Or am I the only one who thinks it is a bit hasty to jump in your car, decide on aborting your pregnancy, ask Siri, and then get pissed when she doesn't help you accomplish such a HUGE decision in a quick and timely fashion?

I'm quite happy that Siri doesn't make finding an abortion clinic a cake walk, and that is not because I don't "believe" in abortion. I believe it should not be a hasty decision.

As for the "disposing of a body" query — Siri was designed not to have full-fledged conversations with a person, but to pick up on various keywords. "Dispose", I have a hunch, might be just one of those key words.

Secondly - people are watching WAY too much TV. This is not a conspiracy by Apple. I tried finding a burrito the other day while in The City and it didn't know what I was talking about. Effing Siri. She must really hate Mexicans!!

Come on.