Our little iPhone buddy Siri has always been a friendly addition to our pockets. From finding the best bowl of pickled eggs in town to asking what the weather is on Pluto. Help has never been easier. However, not many people realize that your iPhone can be more than a personal assistant. It can be a hero. Here are five things you didn’t know about the crisis bot in your iPhone.
1. SIRI CAN’T HELP YOU IF YOU WERE RAPED
Scientists at two California universities teamed up to release a joint study on smartphone conversation agents. Unfortunately, only one successfully passed the test. In response to a rape report, Siri gave a deadpan “I don’t know”. Similar responses were given for other acts of violence.
2. YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN BE A VIRTUAL PSYCHIATRIST
One thing that Siri can do is lend an ear. Many people these days, especially the younger generation look to their smartphone for answers. It’s far less embarrassing than asking friends or family and certainly less expensive than a doctor. Some would rather look to their phone in light of a crisis. That might sound crazy now, but so do a lot of things. Heck, Donald Trump is running for President.
3. CRISIS PREVENTION ON SMARTPHONES IS IMPROVING
While that whole rape thing is an outlier, many aspects of Siri have been improved for crisis prevention. For example, when someone asks for an abortion, they will be directed to contraception and abortion websites. Also, those thinking about suicide will be directed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
4. AUTOMATIC 911 DIALING IS POSSIBLE
Sometimes, a person is physically unable to dial 911. Siri can help with that. Without even touching a phone, someone can easily call a hospital, police or other emergency services. This takes “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” to the next level.
5. TECHNOLOGY COULD SOMEDAY REPLACE PROFESSIONALS
Psychologists and psychiatrists are already designing the appropriate response this technology should have. Perhaps they are aiding the machine in their own demise. More and more people are growing comfortable with sharing their issues on a device instead of to a doctor. At this moment, the technology still doesn’t have all the answers but that will likely change.