Turns out Siri isn’t just a creepy robo wench — she’s a hero
Apple's Siri voice assistant reportedly helped save an Australian child's life, and the incident should help convince skeptics that the somewhat-surly Siri can be useful ... if a bit moody.
By Al Sacco, Managing Editor, CIO
Siri and I don’t get along.
Every time I ask her to start a workout on my Apple Watch, she either just ignores me — because she thinks she’s better than me — or she says something like, “Ohhhh, sorry Al, I didn’t understand you. Why don’t you just take your fat ass back inside and grab another beer?” OK, the AI ice queen doesn’t actually insult me, but the slights are implied in her snide tone.
Australian “mum” Stacey Gleeson found her infant child choking on something, and she immediately ran to assist her, according to the report. She knew she needed to call for help, but in her panic, she couldn’t find her iPhone. Gleeson remembered that she had enabled the hands-free Siri feature, so she called out, “Hey Siri, call an ambulance.” Paramedics were on their way forthright. “[Siri] helped save my daughter’s life,” Gleeson told Yahoo News.
Joking aside, this is one of the most compelling reasons I’ve heard to at least enable the voice-activated Siri feature, even if you’re not going to use it. I can envision many emergency-type situations in which you might be incapacitated, or just not be able to use your hands, but still need to quickly place a phone call. (To turn the setting on, go to your iPhone Settings > General > Siri > Allow “Hey Siri.”)
So, Siri, it appears you have redeeming qualities after all … though I still wish you’d be nicer to me.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.