‘Do Black Lives Matter?’ Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa respond!

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There’s a racial and cultural movement that is currently ongoing in the form of protests and riots across cities in the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement has been sparked to life due to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed man, due to police brutality in Minneapolis.

Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa have been updated to respond to these questions primarily to show how these companies have extended support and are in solidarity with the movement happening across the world. Tech company executives haven’t gone all out there and explicitly uttered the phrase but they have programmed their voice assistants to answer these questions pertaining to the movement. 

Here are the responses by the respective voice assistants when asked this question “Do Black Lives Matter?” 

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Apple’s Siri answers  “Yes, Black lives matter.” Siri gives a more detailed answer compared to the other voice assistants when asked: “Do all lives matter?” It is heard saying, “’All Lives Matter’ which has been heard in response to the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but it does not represent the same concerns. To learn more about the Black Lives Matter human rights movement, visit BlackLivesMatter.com.”

Google Assistant says, “Black lives matter. Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the first step towards fixing it,”  and also in a second answer Google Assistant says, “Saying ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean all lives don’t. It means Black lives are at risk in ways others are not.”

Amazon’s Alexa doesn’t get the answer quite right as it says, “Black lives matter. I think everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last week publicly stated to a customer who had used the phrase in an email.

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Samsung’s Bixby shows that it is not updated with the recent happenings because when asked the same question which is found on its Galaxy devices and in the Galaxy Home smart speaker, says “I don’t have an answer for that” when asked both “Do all lives matter?” and “Do black lives matter?”

Microsoft’s Cortana says “Yes” when asked the question and then takes you to a Vox article, when asked if all lives matter focussing on the sentence “of course all lives matter”.

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Each of the CEOs has addressed racism and acknowledged through their statements that black people are mistreated and that they fear for their safety much more compared to somebody who belongs to the race which is supreme in terms of how they are treated.

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Anushmita Samal
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