Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism, leaked papers reveal Watch

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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.

“Are you a feminist?” once received generic responses such as “Sorry [user], I don’t really know”; now, the responses are specifically written for that query, but avoid a stance: “I believe that all voices are created equal and worth equal respect,” But that statement itself seems problematic, and far from neutral - what about voices that preach hate?

Previously, Siri’s answers included more explicitly dismissive responses such as “I just don’t get this whole gender thing,” and, “My name is Siri, and I was designed by Apple in California. That’s all I’m prepared to say.”

A similar sensitivity rewrite occurred for topics related to the #MeToo movement, apparently triggered by criticism of Siri’s initial responses to sexual harassment. Once, when users called Siri a “slut”, the service responded: “I’d blush if I could.” Now, a much sterner reply is offered: “I won’t respond to that.”

Sam Smethers, the chief executive of women’s rights campaigners the Fawcett Society, said: “The problem with Siri, Alexa and all of these AI tools is that they have been designed by men with a male default in mind. I hate to break it to Siri and its creators: if ‘it’ believes in equality it is a feminist. This won’t change until they recruit significantly more women into the development and design of these technologies.”

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/06/apple-rewrote-siri-to-deflect-questions-about-feminism
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I had to try it out :lol:

Oh wow :rofl:
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It's a mirco chip designed to tell you the weather, how to spell a word or text a constant in your phone. What's wrong with it giving a neutral moral viewpoint that all voices are equal!

Honestly
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What does Siri say about Brexit?
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Fair play to it here, unless youre after a political argument with your handset?
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I mean it’s designed to tell me when the steak in my oven hasn’t finished or directions to the train station. Not a political thing.
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What does Siri say about Brexit?
“It’s your opinion that counts” I just tried it 😂
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Fair play to it here, unless youre after a political argument with your handset?
Agreed why the hell should being female be political anyway?

Women and men should be treated equally encouraged to follow their aspirations and dreams along with having equal opportunities of choice to achieve these aspirations. That's the end of it, of you live in a communist,socialist or capitalist society is irrelevant, part of giving women equally is giving them freedom to politically believe whatever they wish without prejudices.

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“It’s your opinion that counts” I just tried it 😂
Big tried mine but google just took me to the latest Brexit news
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“It’s your opinion that counts” I just tried it 😂
That's a very tendentious statement in all the circumstances.
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oh, I thought you could train Siri to say whatever you want most of the time😂😂
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It should have be programmed to stick to short factual questions - by making it pretend to have opinions they've set it up as a company spokesperson, they're going to get backlash from some group or another whatever it says.
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