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Another Anti-Abortion Smart Phone: Android App ‘Iris’ Calls Abortion ‘Wrong,’ Cites The Bible

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Feb 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hellfire and brimstone in the palm of your hand.

A few months ago tech giant Apple had some explaining to do when iPhone users discovered that the voice-activated assistant Siri was giving womenmisleading information about emergency contraception and abortion services.

Now Right Wing Watch reports that Siri may well have an evil twin sister in the form of Iris, the popular app for Verizon’s Android:

Iris – Siri spelled backwards – is the popular electronic assistant available for Android phones. It’s been downloaded over 1 million times and is powered by ChaCha, the Internet’s “leading answers service with more than a billion questions answered.” In other words, Iris may be a knockoff, but it’s no joke.

That’s why we were surprised when we saw the Family Research Council crowing about the Android being “as pro-life as they come” and watched their video…Iris’ answers are drawn from ChaCha, which provided a string of anti-choice answers to our questions:

Anti-abortion activists are celebrating the discovery of a kindred electronic ideologue. But Right Wing Watch notes that Iris doesn’t give such dogmatic answers to other controversial questions. For instance, “Iris failed to quote scripture in response to questions about adultery, birth control, homosexuality, working on the Sabbath, and eating shellfish (which are an ‘abomination before the Lord).”

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/08/420780/another-anti-abortion-smart-phone-android-app-iris-calls-abortion-wrong-cites-the-bible/

by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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 If you have to ask profound morality questions of the electronic assistant app in your cell phone, you are in a load of trouble.

tnmomofive
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

LMAO! Anyway I can't take think progress seriously

MrsTBailey
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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I gotta get that and see if it really happened. I have an iPhone so i will see what Siri has to say about abortion! Thanks for the post :-)
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erika9009
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM


Quoting romalove:

 If you have to ask profound morality questions of the electronic assistant app in your cell phone, you are in a load of trouble.

This^^^^^

I mean really.  Some people looking at all this have way to much time on their hands.   They need to get out and interact with REAL people.

Erika..

Children are a blessing and are never inconvenient.............

MrsTBailey
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM
I can't get it!! It seems i have the measely iPhone4 not the 4S! That sucks!
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