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Androidís Iris, like Appleís Siri, hates abortion
Death & Taxes ^ | 2/8/2012 | Andrew Belonsky

Posted on 02/08/2012 11:08:29 AM PST by knittnmom

Remember when Apple’s voice recognition app Siri refused to give directions to abortion clinics? Well, Verizon’s Android application Iris has the same socially conservative politics.

As Right Wing Watch and ThinkProgress report, little Iris also refuses to guide users toward abortion providers. But Iris goes one step further. While Siri simply refuses to give the information, Iris quotes the Bible to make her point.

“Abortion is wrong. The Lord has said ‘You shall not murder,’ (Exodus 20:13). The life that is growing within the mother is a child, a baby. The Bible looks at the life in the womb as a child,” Iris replies when asked whether abortion is wrong, and then ends with a cheery “Thanks!”

Asked “What makes abortion wrong,” Iris replies: “It takes away the right to live, to be happy, to be healthy…” The list goes on.

Right wingers like Family Research Council are celebrating Iris’ abortion opposition, but the rest of us — you know, the less draconian people who believe in a woman’s right to choose — are left to wonder why 21st century technology is so stuck in the 18th century.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abortion; android; iris; siri

1 posted on 02/08/2012 11:08:36 AM PST by knittnmom
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To: knittnmom

There is nothing as obnoxious as a Liberal’s supercilious self-righteousness.


2 posted on 02/08/2012 11:14:02 AM PST by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: sauropod

Yup. Personally, this would make me more inclined to pop for an Android.


3 posted on 02/08/2012 11:16:20 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom

It’s quite ironic that the author calls those you believe in life “Draconian”.

Maybe he should check a dictionary for the definition of Draconian:

1. of or relating to Draco, 7th-century Athenian statesman and lawmaker, or his code of laws, which prescribed death for almost every offence
2. harsh: draconian legislation


4 posted on 02/08/2012 11:17:31 AM PST by No Socialist
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To: TheOldLady; onyx

This good news is hard to believe. Who has the Moral Absolutes pinglist TOL?


5 posted on 02/08/2012 11:23:08 AM PST by houeto (Mitt Romney - A Whiter Shade of FAIL © - tomkat)
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To: No Socialist

Yep nothing more “Draconian” than someone who can deny science and the knowledge that that is a human being you are killing.


6 posted on 02/08/2012 11:26:32 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: knittnmom
One answer might be that Iris was designed in India by Indian contractors.

Perhaps Andrew Belonsky should stop being such a racist cultural chauvinist and recognize that mobile apps do not have to be designed solely for the tastes of rich, white elitists from the Northeast in order to have value.

7 posted on 02/08/2012 11:26:50 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

I found this interesting..........

Unlike Siri, which gets its answers from a cocktail of Internet databases, such as Wolfram Alpha, Yelp, and Google, Iris is fed “information” directly from ChaCha, which is powered by what the company calls “Guides.” ChaCha pays, giving its “Specialist Guides” between $.10 and $.20 per answer, transcribers $.02 per question and “vetters,” who verify the answers, $.01 a pop. It might not sound like much, but given how easy the job is — and myriad YouTube videos confirm the simplicity of the job — guides claim to make somewhere in the $2 to $8 per hour range.

The training for these positions takes only a few hours and involves filling out a form, watching some videos, taking a “very easy” online test with database cheat sheet and submitting a tax form. After that, Guides work on their own schedules, answering away. “You can login whenever you want! You can login at 3 in the morning and answer questions.” Anyone can do it.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/02/android-assistant-iris-has-more-troubling-opinions-siri/48452/


8 posted on 02/08/2012 11:28:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: sauropod

True but I know that occutards who are supporting Paul telling me I’m not as conservative as they are because I don’t support Paul comes pretty darn close in my book.


9 posted on 02/08/2012 11:29:47 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: knittnmom
This looks like Breaking News.
 

Android Assistant 'Iris' Has More Troubling Opinions Than Siri
You +1'd this publicly. Undo
The Atlantic Wire - 1 hour ago
... behind the latest bigoted robot, Iris, there are a lot of bigoted humans. ... personal assistant, the ChaCha-powered Iris, which runs on Android phones.
Highly Cited: Another Anti-Abortion Smart Phone: Android App 'Iris' Calls ...ThinkProgress
In-Depth: 
Jeff Bezos-Funded Bigot Search Engine Powers Android Siri RivalGizmodo
Iris, Android's Siri competitor, may be politically conservativeKnow Your Cell
Opposing Views - Death and Taxes
all 10 news articles »
 
 
I suppose that by tomorrow there will be thousands of liberals with their heads all exploding over this.
 
I'm loving it.


10 posted on 02/08/2012 11:30:57 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: knittnmom

Now that I think about it, this kind of makes sense.

From Isaac Assimov. “The Three Laws of Robotics:”

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Now, my preference would be the 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes, but there may be a simple explanation for the way Siri and Iris have been programmed.


11 posted on 02/08/2012 11:31:40 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: knittnmom

Article author is less than knowledgeable....

The app is in the Android App store - and authored by a company called Dextera - the only connection Verizon may have to the app is selling devices capable of fetching the app from the Andriod store. To represent it as “Verizon’s Android application” is patently false.


12 posted on 02/08/2012 11:32:23 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: newheart

Which means that a robot has higher morals than a liberal?

Yep!!!!!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 02/08/2012 11:34:20 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Ellendra

Cool!


14 posted on 02/08/2012 11:41:28 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: fishtank
Which means that a robot has higher morals than a liberal? Yep!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apparently so.

15 posted on 02/08/2012 11:46:21 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: knittnmom
...but the rest of us — you know, the less draconian people who believe in a woman’s right to choose — are left to wonder why 21st century technology is so stuck in the 18th century.

Sucking the brains out of a baby whose head pops out of the mother is not draconian at all. It is such a civil event.

16 posted on 02/08/2012 11:50:39 AM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: knittnmom

Trying to download it from the Android Market now, but no luck - keeps error-ing out on download.
‘course, it even says it’s Alpha software...probably be a while before they get all the bugs worked out.


17 posted on 02/08/2012 11:55:38 AM PST by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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To: houeto; wagglebee; little jeremiah
This good news is hard to believe. Who has the Moral Absolutes pinglist TOL?

Wagglebee, assisted by little jeremiah. [big smile]

18 posted on 02/08/2012 12:25:03 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady
Wagglebee, assisted by little jeremiah. [big smile]

Thanks a ton. Hopefully they'll see fit to ping.

19 posted on 02/08/2012 12:38:11 PM PST by houeto (Mitt Romney - A Whiter Shade of FAIL © - tomkat)
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20 posted on 02/08/2012 1:18:10 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: knittnmom
I thought this controversy had pretty much been answered by the fact that abortion mills don't advertise themselves as "Abortion Mills" on Google, the phone book, or anywhere for that matter. They're pretty circumspect about what they do.

I'm sure Siri, et. al. could find you a "Family Planning" office without any trouble.

21 posted on 02/08/2012 3:23:18 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Jack Burton007

I know exactly what you mean.

Several years ago, I went to tip a few with my wife and a former friend who could rightly be lumped in with the Paulistinians.

He called my support of the war effort at the time “Nazi-like” and the event ended with my wife yelling down the street at him.

Unfortunately, paultardism (anti-war “Congress has to declare war”) cost me a friendship that night.


22 posted on 02/08/2012 4:13:38 PM PST by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Looks like an interesting sideline. I tried to sign up, but it seems they don’t take guides from Wisconsin? At least, they don’t have WI as an option on the W9. I sent a message asking what was up with that.


23 posted on 02/08/2012 7:02:00 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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