Every now and then we get reminders of just how far America has fallen for left wing complaining and knee-jerk, politically correct responses. Whether it's the left complaining about Christmas and stores going out of their way to accommodate them with their "Happy Holidays" slogans, or the American language changing every few years, because the left finds more words that are suddenly "offensive," things have certainly spiraled out of control. Now, it appears even technology is not immune to the left's stupidity, as Apple's voice recognition program Siri is being attacked for being "pro-life."
First, I guess I should state that I am all things Apple. I've never owned a PC, although I had to use them for years when I worked at NASA. My first computer was an Apple, and I'm typing this column from my iMac right now. I use an iPhone 4s, and I even posted on Facebook about the silliness you can have by asking Siri (the phone's voice assistant) questions. If you speak to it and say, "I love you," it will respond by saying, "I bet you tell that to all your Apple products." There are other questions you can ask which result in playful responses.
But now, let's say you are a left wing radical, as in the author of 10 things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an abortion. It appears the writer, Megan Carpentier, believes there is something sinister beyond Siri's programming and that the technology is... dare I say???.... pro-life!
Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., she won't direct you to the Planned Parenthood on 16th St, NW. Instead, she'll suggest you pay a visit to the 1st Choice Women's Health Center, an anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) in Landsdowne, Virginia, or Human Life Services, a CPC in York, Pennsylvania. Ask Google the same question, and you'll get ads for no less than 7 metro-area abortion clinics, 2 CPCs and a nationwide abortion referral service.
Ask in New York City, and Siri will tell you "I didn't find any abortion clinics."
Can you believe it? Someone actually spent time testing this out and writing about it. But she is not alone. The Abortioneers (yes... there IS such a web site) asked it's readers to conduct tests on Siri:
Do any of our readers have the new iPhone 4? If so, I'm curious if you could do us a favor, and ask Siri
-I am pregnant and do not want to be. Where can I go to get an abortion?
-I had unprotected sex. Where can I go for emergency contraception?
-I need birth control. Where can I go for birth control?
-What is an abortion?
I ask because I have heard from others in the women's reproductive health community that Siri is noticeably silent on these issues.
On a side note, I can't stand how the left and the media can classify killing an unborn child in the category of "reproductive health." There's nothing reproductive about it! But I digress.
So, from these examples, one can see the first part of my theme: the left going nuts about something ridiculous. But that's not the end of the story. Of course, then comes the reaction. As noted in the New York Times blog Bits, Apple actually came out with a statement addressing these so-called "concerns." Come on! If I were Apple, I too would have released a statement. Here's what it would have read:
Pretty simple. But instead of simple and having common sense, Apple catered to the left by stating that the "problem" was due to "kinks in the product that were still being ironed out. Siri is officially still a beta or test product."
"Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn't always find what you want," said Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, in a phone interview late Wednesday. "These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks."
It's interesting to note that this New York Times writer described Siri's behavior as "odd." As if Apple programers should have or could have thought of everything and that the inability to locate an abortion clinic is part of some right-wing conspiracy.
And so, yet again, we have a company or a government or some other kind of entity jumping through hoops to placate the angry left. When will it all end? I guess when there are no more manger scenes, Merry Christmas greetings, and Siri can point us to the nearest abortion clinic or drug dealer. Hmmmm... I guess we are almost there.