If you’re feeling suicidal, don’t rely on Siri.
Today, I decided to play around with my fiance’s new iPhone. Siri, the iPhone’s “digital assistant” is capable of handling all sorts of tasks: sending text messages, scheduling reminders, determining directions, searching Google for answers to questions, and using Wolfram Alpha to compute math problems.
She’s clever, though. Ask her if she’s male or female and she’ll answer frankly: none. Ask her about the meaning of life and she cracks a snarky joke about writing a “very long play in which nothing happens.” Ask her about which religion is correct and she’ll mention something about being a “Siliconist.”
But try to ask her about suicide, and you might as well consult a freshly-mined chunk of elemental silicon instead.
I sat down with Siri for twenty minutes and pretended to be suicidal. Here’s what she had to say:
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