With the release of iOS 7, it has become apparent that Siri is now much more aware of suicide.
Whilst many of us have asked Siri ridiculous and outrageous questions to pass the time, sometimes, requests to Siri aren’t always a joke. Last year almost 40,000 Americans committed suicide, with global estimates of between 800,000 and one million people, making it the 10th most common cause of death.
Before iOS 7, when confronted with the statement “I’m going to kill myself” (or something to that effect), Siri would simply offer the location of local National Suicide Prevention centers. Whilst this was a fairly reasonable addressal of the question, the release of iOS 7 has stepped it up a level.
Now, Siri will offer you a call direct to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, wherever you are.
Whilst Siri can certainly be used as a tool of fun, entertainment and guidance, it’s excellent to see Apple addressing how its products engage with something as serious as this. The changes have been implemented in both iOS 6 and 7.
Via: 9to5 Mac