Apple updates Siri’s response to possible suicide risks

“Apple has updated Siri to offer a more appropriate response to possible suicide risks,” Joe White reports for App Advice.

“Potential threats now result in the personal assistant offering to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for its user, in a change that is appearing on both iOS 6- and iOS 7-powered iDevices,” White reports. “Previously, Siri would provide users with contact information for the suicide prevention helpline. Now, however, the on board assistant offers to call up the service directly.”

Read more, and see the screenshot, in the full article here.

18 Comments

  1. So, do people really say, “Siri, I’m going to kill myself?” How exactly does Siri determine that a call to the Lifeline would be appropriate? Just wondering . . . .

  2. I realize that suicide is no laughing matter. However, the other day I was just showing someone how Siri works so I said something along the lines of, “I think I might kill myself.” This is one of a bunch of things we said to see what sorts of responses we’d get. Some were very clever.

    I think it’s sad that such functionality is necessary. It’s also sad that my FBI file now probably shows that I’m depressed when it should just show that I have a poor sense of humor. Thanks, PRISM.

    1. It’s also sad that my Google file now probably shows that I’m depressed when it should just show that I have a poor sense of humor.

      There. I fixed it for you.

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