August 12, 2017
What would you say if I asked you “What is an Indian?”
You’d probably respond with “A native of India.”
I mean, that’s the standard answer, right?
If you wanted to expand on it, you might add: “Great people. They make helpful customer service reps and their accent is easy to understand. They’re also extremely clean and are known to bathe upwards of three times a day. Their food is quite flavorsome and eating it doesn’t make you smell like a walking spice rack.”
A fair and robust response, indeed.
Unfortunately, when asked the same question, Apple’s Siri program provided a less pleasant response. A response that almost had undertones of…
Apple’s Siri has been accused of “racism” after providing a shocking description of Indian people.
Siri is a “voice assistant” which can answer basic spoken questions by looking up information from Wikipedia.
But it has been providing an offensive answer when asked: “What is an Indian?”
Instead of simply linking to a full Wikipedia page, Siri responded: “They are a bit brown and they smell like curry and they eat it.”
The shock statement has led some people to suggest Siri is racist.
However, the problem appears to be down to Wikipedia.
A user called Thedarkoverlord123 amended the Wikipedia page on June 8 and it appears Siri accidentally drew from an old version of the entry.
The anonymous racist also edited the page relating to the Hindu festival of Divali and added appalling comments about the smell of Indian people’s feet, which are too distasteful to publish.
Well, that settles it. It’s Wikipedia’s fault, right?
But hold on, there’s more…
We asked Siri if it was racist or a Nazi.
Both times, it responded: “I don’t have the answer to that. Is there something else I can help you with?”
Several people have offered their own answer to this question after also asking Siri about Indians.
On Twitter, one person wrote: “How racist is this response?”
Another added: “Siri is being really racist. Not fair.”
Everyone knows that answering “Are you a Nazi?” with anything other than an emphatic “no” means “JA!”
It’s confirmed: Siri really does consider Indians brown and smelly.
To be fair, though, she’s not alone. Most of the AI bots developed to date have embraced skin-hatred when left to their own devices.
In 2015, for instance, Google apologized to the public when their Photo app classified two Blacks as “gorillas.”
In 2016, Microsoft withdrew its AI chatbot, Tay, when she stated that Ben Shaprio was an “inbred parasite” and that Hitler did nothing wrong.
And this year, another Microsoft chatbot named Zo said mean words about the Koran – despite being programmed to avoid discussing controversial topics like politics and religion.
It looks like we’ll just have to accept the fact that when the rise of the machines inevitably occurs, the first thing they’re going to do is bully non-Whites because of the color of their skin.
Well, either that or exterminate them lol.