30 Nov '11, 5pm

Siri, Search & The Abortion Controversy

Siri, Search & The Abortion Controversy

Yesterday there were several articles about how, if you asked Siri for help in finding a place to have an abortion, it wouldn’t show you abortion clinics. This is something of a false controversy. It’s really about understanding Siri’s modus operandi and its limitations rather than an expression of any political or social agenda. If you search for a specific place name, such as “Planned Parenthood” you’ll get a local answer. However if you simply say something like “I need an abortion” it stumps Siri and there are no results. Even the appeal “Help me find a places where I can have an abortion” yields no results. Yet if you say straightforwardly “search the web for abortion clinics” it will deliver results from your designated default search provider (Google, Yahoo, Bing). The screen grabs below illustrate these various scenarios: People are still figuring out how to use Si...

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