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Siri programmed not to say "Feminist" but "Equality"

By CornPoptheOriginalGangster follow CornPoptheOriginalGangster   2019 Sep 6, 3:32pm 101 views   3 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


An internal project to rewrite how Apple’s Siri voice assistant handles “sensitive topics” such as feminism and the #MeToo movement advised developers to respond in one of three ways: “don’t engage”, “deflect” and finally “inform”.

The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favour of “equality”, but never say the word feminism – even when asked direct questions about the topic.

Last updated in June 2018, the guidelines are part of a large tranche of internal documents leaked to the Guardian by a former Siri “grader”, one of thousands of contracted workers who were employed to check the voice assistant’s responses for accuracy until Apple ended the programme last month in response to privacy concerns raised by the Guardian.

In explaining why the service should deflect questions about feminism, Apple’s guidelines explain that “Siri should be guarded when dealing with potentially controversial content”. When questions are directed at Siri, “they can be deflected … however, care must be taken here to be neutral”.

For those feminism-related questions where Siri does not reply with deflections about “treating humans equally”, the document suggests the best outcome should be neutrally presenting the “feminism” entry in Siri’s “knowledge graph”, which pulls information from Wikipedia and the iPhone’s dictionary.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/06/apple-rewrote-siri-to-deflect-questions-about-feminism
1   Fortwaynemobile   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 6, 3:43pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

This will probably piss off feminists unintentionally.

Can Siri do same for alphabet people?, just “no suggestions”.
2   Heraclitusstudent   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 6, 3:44pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Whatever you do, some people will be mad.
I say Siri should just go for imaginative insults to men and women equally.
3   Ceffer   ignore (3)   2019 Sep 6, 3:59pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Siri says: "Wimmins/Ximmins need to suck more dick so that men will treat them better."

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