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  • Apple Tweaks Siri's Responses to Help Prevent Suicide


    Apple is a company which often touts how its products affect the lives of their users and a recent update to Siri suggests that the Cupertino California company is committed to doing what it can to save those lives as well. When Siri is presented with a user that indicates he or she is considering suicide, the program will offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Previously, Siri would show the locations of centers but not offer to call them.

    The change to Siri’s recommendations will be a feature in both iOS 6 and iOS 7 going forward. On devices that don’t have a calling feature, such as the iPad or iPod Touch, Siri will list and read off the NSPL phone number and will then search for nearby suicide prevention centers.

    The change appears to be a server-side alteration to Apple’s digital assistant. Previous alterations have made Siri less tolerant of long questions and improved her ability to take and tell jokes.

    Apple’s upcoming iOS 7 update will give Siri even more capabilities, including the ability to control settings, search Twitter and Wikipedia, and search Google or Bing. Siri will also gain additional voice options, giving users the ability to a male or female voice for the digital assistant.

    Do you use Siri? If so, what are your thoughts on this change as well as the forthcoming changes?

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tweaks Siri's Responses to Help Prevent Suicide started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      I totally just tried that. It worked!!
    1. snoozkewl's Avatar
      snoozkewl -
      Now what happens if you confess to wanting to kill someone else?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by snoozkewl View Post
      Now what happens if you confess to wanting to kill someone else?
      Then NSA will be listening. Lol #hashtag lol
    1. davshirley's Avatar
      davshirley -
      Quote Originally Posted by snoozkewl View Post
      Now what happens if you confess to wanting to kill someone else?
      Following the latest trend in nanny-state, snitch on your neighbor apps, it calls the cops and reports you. Apple keeps 60% of the reward.
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      It works in iOS 5 too pretty nifty.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Senyaichiya View Post
      It works in iOS 5 too pretty nifty.
      It's going to work in all versions of ios with Siri. Siri's responses come from a server, not files with in ios.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      I'll remember to tell siri the next time im sad.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      I don't think people that want to kill themselves will tell siri :P
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StuG III View Post
      I don't think people that want to kill themselves will tell siri :P
      But if they do then its better to have a hotline ready and waiting instead of her usual jokes
    1. Reeiiko's Avatar
      Reeiiko -
      It should also give this response to similar phrases like "what's a suicide hotline?", which people are more likely to say.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Should come in handy at FOXCONN
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      I'm surprised they didn't have siri give a list of local gun shops instead.
    1. toadc69's Avatar
      toadc69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by snoozkewl View Post
      Now what happens if you confess to wanting to kill someone else?
      Or ask Siri what to do with a dead body? (A friend did ask this when Siri first came out..AS A JOKE.. Results were funny, can't remember now )