TechCrunch: Siri will now answer your election questions

TechCrunch: Siri will now answer your election questions. SIRI, WHEN WILL THIS ENDLESS NIGHTMARE BE OVER? “Apple’s built-in voice assistant won’t help you figure out who to vote for, but it will be able to update you on different races around the U.S. during election season as well as deliver live results as votes are counted. The new feature, announced today, is part of Apple News’ 2020 election coverage, which also includes a series of curated news, resources, and data from a variety of sources, with the goal of serving users on both sides of the political spectrum.”

The Next Web: MIT researchers developed a text-based system that tricks Google’s AI

The Next Web: MIT researchers developed a text-based system that tricks Google’s AI. “Now, researchers at Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT, have developed a new system called TextFooler that can trick AI models that use natural language processing (NLP) — like the ones used by Siri and Alexa. This is important to catch spam or respond to offensive language.”

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Virtual Assistants Are Getting Worse at Answering Questions Correctly

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Virtual Assistants Are Getting Worse at Answering Questions Correctly . “A new study suggests the performance of virtual assistants, like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, may have plateaued. Perficient Digital released its annual evaluation of virtual assistants. Perhaps the most interesting finding is that none of the top virtual assistants are improving when it comes to answering questions accurately.”

Wired: How to Keep Your Smart Assistant Voice Recordings Private

Wired: How to Keep Your Smart Assistant Voice Recordings Private. “Even if Siri isn’t your smart assistant of choice, it’s still a good time to take stock of how you have things set up on whatever platform you use. Each service has its own mix of options and controls. Here’s how to take the human element out of Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana. Once that’s done, tell a friend to do the same.”

The Guardian: Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism, leaked papers reveal

The Guardian: Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism, leaked papers reveal. “An internal project to rewrite how Apple’s Siri voice assistant handles ‘sensitive topics’ such as feminism and the #MeToo movement advised developers to respond in one of three ways: ‘don’t engage’, ‘deflect’ and finally ‘inform’. The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favour of ‘equality’, but never say the word feminism – even when asked direct questions about the topic.”

CNN: Apple has stopped letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings

CNN: Apple has stopped letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings. “Apple has temporarily stopped a practice that allowed contractors to listen to user commands given to its voice assistant Siri. The tech company also said it’s conducting a review of the program after news reports raised concerns about the scope of recordings that contractors were listening to.”

The Guardian: Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings

The Guardian: Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings. “Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or ‘grading’, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.”