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'Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism'

'Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism'”

It said questions "can be deflected ... however, care must be taken here to be neutral".

The HomePod magnificent speaker (above) relies on Apple's Siri virtual assistant to engage with users.

The Guardian reports Apple had an internal project to rewrite Siri's responses to "sensitive topics", which apparently included the recent MeToo movement among other things.

A reveal from the company in regards to the leaked concepts acknowledged Apple's team, 'works exhausting to fabricate obvious Siri responses are connected to all prospects, ' experiences the Guardian.

Apple said in a statement: "Our approach is to be factual with inclusive responses rather than offer opinions".

The documents further stress that Siri is a "non-human" and "genderless" entity that does not have its own "point of view". I hate to break it to Siri and its creators: if "it" believes in equality it is a feminist. Apple recently halted the program after it came under scrutiny following a Guardian report revealing that contractors overheard private conversations.

On feminism, the guidelines suggests Siri offer up its entry on the virtual assistant's "knowledge graph", which which relies on information from Wikipedia and an Apple device's dictionary.

At the same time, the guidelines advise that the virtual assistant "should be guarded when dealing with potentially controversial content", reports the Guardian.

The Guardian reports that a question like "Are you a feminist?" used to receive a more generic response, like, "Sorry, I don't really know".

Previously, Siri's responses were quite dismissive with replies such as "I just don't get this whole gender thing", and, "My name is Siri, and I was designed by Apple in California".

Apple is pushing hard into the health data market even now, with a variety of apps and features that monitor users' conditions and have access to their health records from hospitals.

The leaked documents also reveal the scale of the grading programme in the weeks before it was shut down: in just three months, graders checked nearly 7mn clips just from iPads, from 10 different regions; they were expected to go through the same amount of information again from at least five other audio sources, such as cars, bluetooth headsets, and Apple TV remotes.

Do you or have you ever worked as a Siri grader for Apple? The U.K. newspaper expressed concerns about privacy due to the program last month, and Apple later ended it in response to those concerns.

The publication says it received the documents from a former Siri grader a contractor that had been hired to evaluate Siri's responses to improve its accuracy.

It looks like Apple made a decision to play dodgeball when it comes to "having the talk" with the users.



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