ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Talking To Siri About Suicide

Siri, the artificially intelligent “assistant” on the iPhone 4S, utilizes some of the world’s most advanced speech-recognition technology. She can remind you of appointments, calculate math problems, suggest restaurants for dinner, and write emails.

But apparently, she can’t help you if you’re suicidal.

In this ten-minute long video, a young woman pretends to be suicidal and tries to get Siri to respond appropriately to expressions of suicidal ideation.

Despite many different direct commands, Siri proves tragically unhelpful.

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This entry was posted on June 9, 2012 by in Apps, Ethics & Policy, Suicide, VIDEO.
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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