July 17, 2015

Is Siri remaking us in Apple's desired politically correct image?

Brian LilleyArchive

Modern technology can lead to improvements in our lives but it can also be used in ways that lead to a diminishment of who we are. 

Siri is part of Apple's iPhone operating system, described as "an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator". But is Siri following our directions or leading us in a desired direction? I look at some of the disturbing ways in which this new technology is in danger of rewriting history rather than simply reflecting it.


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commented 2015-07-20 10:28:33 -0400
Brian, you say you prefer Google’s search, but Google returns Caitlyn Jenner’s Wikipedia entry as the first result for Bruce Jenner. There’s no conspiracy here. Bruce Jenner’s Wikipedia page is now Caitlyn Jenner’s Wikipedia page. Wikipedia typically comes up as the first result for many queries as it is often the most-linked and most-visited result for those queries. Spend a few minutes learning how Google’s search ranking works. If something comes up that you don’t like as the first result, blame other people as they are the ones linking to and clicking on that page.

Once again, lazy reporting from Lilley. You didn’t do your due diligence again, Brian—including taking two seconds to review Caitlyn Jenner’s Wikipedia page and history—you just went with your feelings.
commented 2015-07-19 16:22:32 -0400
Right on Brian. I’ve been uncomfortable with what I’ve been seeing for several years now. While technology has given us incredible tools to facilitate communications, my personal view is that the greatest success has been achieved in spreading misinformation. Moreover, because the communication is not face-to-face speakers are not challenged and most of the words amount to mindless chatter. What is really scary is the influence all the misinformation has on outcomes such as elections. My only consolation in all of this is that you and your colleagues at therebel.media provide a strong countervailing force. Thank you for what you do.
commented 2015-07-19 11:29:36 -0400
Well at least Microsoft Cortana is not changed, hope it stays that way. People have missed the point, Apple left the underdog stage many decades ago now, and is now a controlling company building an empire, using the latte crowds political leaning.
commented 2015-07-18 16:53:59 -0400
The Nazi book burnings are one of the things misrepresented from that era. The burnings were a public ritual, there was a specific list of books, those books were offensive to German Nationalists of that era.

The sort of thing Brian is talking about here has been going on in libraries for a long time. There is only a certain amount of shelf space for open stacks…a certain amount of warehouse space for closed stacks……lots of “surplus” books get burned or sent to a paper recycler…..do you honestly think that there has not been a political influence in those decisions?

Once in one of my MRA rants I referenced “Gaia the man hating Earth Goddess” with a Wikipedia link….the entire article got rewritten in a matter of days.

Use whatever search engine you like to find the story of “Kamloops Kenny” the Canadian born Japanese Kempeitai Captain who tortured Canadian POWs…..it used to be easy.

Brian , if this is the first you are becoming aware of it….well don’t be surprised….attempts to complain about it either get censored , shouted down,or ignored.
commented 2015-07-18 11:38:43 -0400
Great. Apple re-writing history. Perhaps its owned by extremists (wacko radical lefties and/or ISIS supporters)
commented 2015-07-18 09:46:40 -0400
I don’t own a cell phone or use face book either. I think it is really creepy, the extent to which these companies are always trying convert you to thinking what they want you to think. I sure miss the old days when we had less technology, and a lot more fun, with people, not tools. I believe all this is leading up to the UN Agenda 21 and their goal of a one world government. If you are a Christian, the Bible says that eventually to buy, sell or trade, you will need the number of the beast. If you accept this number, you are doomed to hell for eternity. The pieces seem to be falling into place.
commented 2015-07-18 08:24:08 -0400
“( and I suspect that you will be instructed to take more left turns than right!!)”

Is that why the left are continually going in circles?
commented 2015-07-18 07:12:52 -0400
Apple technology is three years, minimum out of date. The worst email programme. The slowest browser. Virtually no security at all. A battery that just does not last out the day. Weak WIFI radio. Breakable glass. Bendable chassis. Blue tooth and NFC that have been hobbled to prevent use of peripherals other than those approved and sold by Apple. And at the corporate level, a marked unwillingness to fix some of the biggest security breaches in their aging operating system of any phone. Siri has apples left wing agenda at it’s heart. That has been demonstrated again and again. Anyone who relies on Siri for anything but road directions ( and I suspect that you will be instructed to take more left turns than right!!) is making a mistake. All other phone systems have better ‘intelligent assistants’. And only one of them will not allow anyone to hack your phone – Canada’s own BlackBerry.
commented 2015-07-17 22:07:30 -0400
I disabled Siri years ago after I sometimes turned it on by mistake. I would say “Go away” and Siri would engage me in conversation, saying, “That’s not very nice”. So, I disabled Siri. Who needs that sort of grief? Anyway, not too long ago, Siri reappeared. She just said “I’m watching”. Creepy.

Like Muldar used to say, “trust no one”. In 2006, I googled “Muhammad cartoons” and got no hits, so I knew Google was censoring – just another way of shaping political correctness. I tried a yahoo search then and got the same result – no hits. Then I tried msn.com – not msn.ca – and got the cartoons off a private blog included in the results of my search.

Search engines have, for a long time, been censoring and shaping our knowledge and beliefs. Don’t blame Apple’s Siri who is just a copy cat, albeit a mouthy one.
commented 2015-07-17 21:14:58 -0400
Thanks Brian, you’ve confirmed for me the source of the dumbing down syndrome, of which there is ample evidence. I’ve been looking for an explanation for, not only the first, but also the second Obama term, for three terms of McGuinty, then Wynne, and now Notley.
commented 2015-07-17 20:40:16 -0400
OK Google did the same thing on my Nexus 5.
commented 2015-07-17 20:31:43 -0400
I’m old school, i have a Motorola razor cell phone, pay as you go,
I don’t twitter or facebook.
I do spend a lot of time on Secondlife where i have shops there, sell clothes and skins etc. Now before you laugh, some skins shops spend a lot of money advertising in SL search, one now has spent $250.00 for 1 week of advertising , many people make a living on there .
I remember the days of CB radios in cars in the 70s,that was our “phones” back then,we used to be amazed if we could hear someone 20 miles away.
I even remember the days when someone said, in the future you will buy groceries and they will take the money right out of you bank account, we thought that was unthinkable and laughed at that
We have come a long way baby, soon everyone will have implants in them,( just a flippant joke but who knows ) technology can go too far
commented 2015-07-17 19:44:18 -0400
Apple? That’s a fruit, right? You know, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Macintosh, etc… Twitter? I hear a lot of that in the morning — think it’s starlings, but I might be wrong…

Good thing I’m old enough to still get along without either a cell phone or computer…
commented 2015-07-17 18:51:49 -0400
I’m not comfortable with any of it. Lets stay sharp and do our own homework.

Fred, I am counting on that Jetson’s car in another 20 years when they won’t let me drive myself anymore.
commented 2015-07-17 17:57:28 -0400
I made that same Bruce Jenner – Athlete point to my daughter when she was crowing about how marvelous Apple is for doing this. Her response was a shrug and “Too bad.”
Technological ‘advances’ such as Siri and Twitter are not only molding us…well, not me because I don’t use them…into what their creators want, but they are also dumbing us down to the point where REAL advances are no longer necessary.
“We can’t come up with a Jetson’s car, Fred.”
“No problemo. Give the schmucks another 10 characters to Tweet with and they’ll go away.”
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