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When Technology Meets Stupidity

By Bobby Eberle

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:

WHATEVER!

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.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    December 5, 2011 @ 9:21 am

     
    Only in the insane mind of a disoriented Liberal does killing the very thing that constitutes a family called family planning. Just how do these people ever get around to having families if they butcher the very thing that creates one? Thus the twisted Liberal must reconstruct the very definition of what a family is so they can justify the insanity of their very Liberal existence. You and your pet Fido are now a family, in anthropomorphic disorientation.  You and your same sex partner are now redefined as a productive family in anthro-moronic delusion where society can no longer reproduce itself in the homosexual realms of the immediate gratification of misdirected unproductive same sex non-fecundity

    Liberals indeed should fear the age of the rational computer who spits out rational solutions and is impervious to manipulation by the emotion. There is hope for mankind yet, until the liberals see that like the human mind, he who controls the garbage into the computer, can also produce the garbage that comes out which is how Liberals manipulate and survive in this new Progressive world, where technology does indeed meet the Liberal realms of stupidity.
     

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      December 5, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

      Just goes to show—even machines are smarter than Liberals.  Apple should have taken it yet further, so that every time a question is asked or advice is sought in a Liberal context, it would respond—”ERROR—INVALID DATA—PLEASE TRY AGAIN”.

      If they came out with a Liberal version, it wouldn’t work anyway—the programming would have to be corrupted and illogical which woulod cause it to turn on itself and self-destruct—just as in real life.

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  2. tickedintexasComment by tickedintexas
    December 5, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Since I don’t have an iPhone, I can’t ask Siri.  Someone needs to ask, “where can I find someone with common sense?”

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    • Comment by Leonidas
      December 5, 2011 @ 10:03 am

      I just asked her for you. She said she couldn’t find any places matching common sense.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 5, 2011 @ 10:17 am

       
      The expression “Common Sense” is an oxymoron for it is neither common nor makes much sense these days.
       
      “Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and

      Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son,

      Reason.

      He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights; Someone

      Else Is To Blame, and I’m A Victim.”
       

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    • Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
      December 5, 2011 @ 10:25 am

      Leonidas, you will probably get a similar result for human decency, integrity, responsibility, humility, etc.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      December 5, 2011 @ 10:26 am

      Too bad the author is unknown.  They deserve credit for their wisdom.

      “Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
      If you still know him pass this on, if not join the majority and do nothing.”

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    • OldCurmudgeonComment by OldCurmudgeon
      December 5, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

      I have a link to the person who authored this Common Sense Obituary.  http://www.loriborgman.com/default.php
      It originally appeared in the Indianapolis Star newspaper.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      December 5, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

      OldCurmudgeon:

      Thanks for the link.  What a pity that the composer didn’t want to be known.

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  3. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    December 5, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Technology like everything else can be used for good or for evil, and we know which way the “Prince of the Power of the Air” uses it for his purposes.  Inanity, and progressivism has always been with us, but unfortunately, through the media and with the help of modern technology in the hands of the princes’ minions — it is now more prevelant in our day and age.

    There are many people we can thank for the liberal agenda included those who have been forgotten such as Margaret Sanger, and Madelyn Murray O’Hare. 

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 5, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

       
      Madalyn Murray O’hare on many occasions Declared God was Dead and told HIM to drop dead. She stood in a thunderstorm and dared God to strike her dead. This just goes to prove the statement that only a fool in his heart says there is no God. Murray is now dead and God continues to live. Such is the end of all Self-God Liberals who murder their own spirit and chance to return to the source from which they came.

      Deus Ex Machina
       

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  4. mcblancComment by mcblanc
    December 5, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Bobby- Apple, Inc.–like all Businesses & Government Entities–must try to deal with all comers…liberal / conservative / content / unhappy & somewhere(s) in-between.

    Unlike You–who cater to a narrower audience–this Apple Rep would not have served her employer well to simply respond to these customer concerns in the manner of a surly teenager with a:

    “WHATEVER!” … as you suggest she should’ve.

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  5. thedoveComment by thedove
    December 5, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    This is neither a pro- nor anti-abortion statement, but it does seem the location of an abortion clinic would not be a rare question, and I’m surprised the program could not find one closer than several hundred miles away.  Had it found none anywhere on the planet, one could argue it simply didn’t occur to the programmer that such a question would be asked, but since it did find some, “abortion clinic” or a similar phrase was obviously included. 
    On a side note, I wish my life were so uncomplicated, and my idle hours so numerous that I had time to play this sort of game.  Have they absolutely nothing better to do?

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    • mcblancComment by mcblanc
      December 5, 2011 @ 11:44 am

      dove- Seriously…I think that it’s appropriate that iPhone Siri’s programmed responses to a Life & Death question…”Where can I go to get an abortion?”…is NOT to provide the Asker with directions to those centers who operate as if they–too–have factory programmed responses to unquestioningly kill the baby.
       
      After All…
      We’re Human Beings–Let’s THINK About THIS.
       

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  6. Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
    December 5, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    I am surprised they didn’t ask a three year old for the answer. Opps! That might mean that they have not taught the kid to be politically correct. 
    It’s artificial intelligence stupid, it was not designed nor should it be, to be politically correct. Just provide it with the information you seek which may require more than a single question or several questions. It is designed to learn from this process to better serve you without placing any bias on the answers. If it placed bias on answers the program type could not be termed artificial intelligence it would be an artificially biased information system. Better known as a politician.

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  7. JDZComment by JDZ
    December 5, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    If you just take a breath and step back and think about how amazing this voice recognition technology has become over the years, only those that have no appreciation for the complexity would pick at it to find some politically correct flaws to harp about. In my opinion, this is a blatant example of why this country is losing much of the cultural values that made us the great nation we are, but which is being undermined by this obsession with the liberal interpretation of “political correctness”.

    Instead of enjoying this amazing product for what it is, and as rudimentary as it is in some ways, these social liberals are attempting to force Apple to implement their own political correctness biases into how it answers certain social and culturally “sensitive” questions. This is a game/trap that Apple and any other company cannot allow themselves to fall into because once you open Pandora’s Box and begin pandering to these criticisms, it is a “no win” process.

    The buying public has choices and can buy or not buy any particular product offered based on the features and pricing, and if you do not like some of its features, then do not buy it. A technology like Siri was not offered as the “know all” to every question asked, especially when you get into social issues where political and social biases exist, but as a very sophisticated voice recognition assistant providing mainstream practical help to typical computer assisted activities like navigation, voice mail, phone calls, calendars, etc. Anything beyond that is limited due to complexity and cost and should be enjoyed for what it is, and stop the public criticisms and political correctness silliness.

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  8. jc711Comment by jc711
    December 5, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    I wonder if asking Siri ” Where can I find/ buy a CHRISTMAS tree ? “  will be met with an  “  I can’t find any CHRISTMAS trees… “  response. 
    ALL this PC  bu!sh!t  HAS  to G O !
    We, the Patriotic, hardworking, tax-paying, law-abiding,  English-speaking, Judeo-Christian based, rule of LAW people that we are need to see the DANGER of allowing these PC terrorists to continue   ” LEFT-icizing “   not to mention the muslimification of this NON – Islam country. 
    TOLERANCE  is a  CRIME  when applied to EVIL. 
    I believe that quote is from Thomas Mann. Please, memorize it and commit to ending this PC **** that WILL be the END of us, if we don’t put a stop to it first.
           

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  10. mcoryComment by mcory
    December 5, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    I am totally convinced that most liberals are mentally ill. What kind of mind becomes so totally obsess with the obscene and the perverse and tries to bully the rest of society to nomalize  to its level of crazy.  It is also amazing how many weak-minded individuals there are in our society who would gladly acquiesce to this crazy, politically correct world view just so that they would not be called a homophobe, a racist or anti-woman even though in the private recesses of their minds they know those accusers are really off the rails.

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  11. jimbobillybobComment by jimbobillybob
    December 5, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    Bobby is dating himself.  It’s no longer “whatever” it’s Meh!

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  12. URKiddinMeeComment by URKiddinMee
    December 5, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Sometimes there are benefits to being a computer-illiterate dinosaur.  I truly don’t know who, or what, the hell “Siri” is nor how I would go about asking her/it anything!  Is this a case of ignorance being bliss? Oh well.

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  13. MaryComment by Mary
    December 5, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    HeyCurmudgeon,
    I read your column online everyday, and it makes a lot of common horse sense to me.  Since when does a liberal have any common horse sense?  I never heard of “Siri” before.
    But I try to learn something new everyday.  Maybe “Siri” could advise Congress.  They sure could use some common horse sense right now.

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  14. TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
    December 5, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    My original thought was that if someone was looking for an abortion clinic, asking a smart phone would not be the first step.  However, then I remember a frantic phone call we received in July telling us our son had taken to the hospital in another city 45 minutes away.  I happened to be home at the time, and used the computer to locate the hospital and get directions.  If I hadn’t been home, I might have been relying on my iPhone for information.  So, in that sense, I can see where it would be a problem.  But I have trouble with the idea that someone would use their iPhone to deal with a pregnancy that wasn’t an out and out emergency.

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  15. middlegroundComment by middleground
    December 5, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    It’s surprising that Siri isn’t a product of Oracle Systems so you could ask the Oracle of Dephi such personal questions as: “Where can I go for my abortion?” See what great strides civilization has made since Homer authored his opuses. We now have Siri to ask rather than the gods, but the answer may be the same as it was 3500 years ago. The only thing that has changed is your sense of who should bear the responsibility and burden of your unwanted pregnancy.

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  16. mcrankComment by mcrank
    December 5, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    Siri’s response to a Liberal—”I do not recognize you as an intelligent life form.  Your session has ended.”

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  17. Allen SComment by Allen S
    December 5, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    Political correctness needs to stop; people need to develop thick skin and let everyone think the way they want to think.  However, there should be responsibility and integrity with respect for others as well. 

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  18. thedoveComment by thedove
    December 5, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    I haven’t even been inside an airport terminal in more years than I can remember–maybe 15 or 20, I don’t know.  So, when I see some of these comments, I have to wonder how much, if any, is pure hyperbole.  I direct this question to those of you who travel often, or accompany others who are travelling (as far as TSA allows non-passengers to go).  Have you actually witnessed people being waved through security because they appear to be muslim?

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  19. CharieComment by Charie
    December 5, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    Madalyn Murray O’Hair got her comeuppance in a singularly unpleasant way.  Her body, as well as her son’s and grand-daughter’s were found buried on a Texas ranch, having been cut into pieces with a saw.  The head and hands of one of their kidnappers were found buried with them.

    God is not mocked. 

    Whoever programmed Siri did well.  Although I believe they simply did not think to include  directions to the local abortionist.

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  20. bobnipComment by bobnip
    December 6, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    My comments are directed at the fungus called “political correctness”. The double standard is overwhelming. Tea Partiers were called racist because they want to restore America’s wholesomeness and goodness. Yet, at an Al Sharpton rally a Black woman holds up a sign saying, “Get Whitey.” Sharpton waves off any criticism as the woman simply reacting to “the years of subjugation and segregation at the hands of Whites”.

    Giffords was shot and immediately Republicans were blamed for vitriolic rhetoric manifesting violence. The Liberal media dropped it like a rock when it was discovered the shooter idolized the same historic figures Obama does; Mao, Marx, and Castro. They also intentionally avoided covering an American Communist rally where the leader espoused, “If we can’t break their will, we’ll break their heads.”

    Reagan was a master at minimizing the affect and infection political correctness advocates have on our society. He waved them off as foolish or misinformed. No one, to date, has stood up to this cancerous slimy movement like he did. 

    The Republican candidates need to stand up to the Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, Barney Frank warped perspective, and boldly espouse values and morals indicitive of our Founding Fathers.

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  21. EveComment by Eve
    December 7, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Well along with Obama importing gays since we don’t have enough already and that gay lifestyle is so important to us all, now we have the libs demanding that our gps systems guide us to the nearest abortion center in case a woman who isn’t gay becomes inconvienently pregnant. I see all of this as strikes against religion. Obama is a Muslim and yes they abhor gays but they abhor Christianity even more. To bring it down they must make abortion appear to be as easy and normal as diving into a pool. Sure the first time is scary but after that it gets easier and easier. Gay life is normal you see it on all the tv shows and commercials and at school the teachers think it’s all great. Not to mention those gay heros in our military! Wow, America is the place you want to live if you are gay or promiscuous…

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