Though they are often able to provide information on a wide variety of topics and needs, a new study has found that smartphone-based virtual assistants are not always reliable in times of health crises and other emergency situations.
Siri and similar digital personal assistants have become nearly ubiquitous, allowing smartphone users instant access to street directions, addresses, the locations of the nearest hospital or supermarket, and answers to almost any question under the sun. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has revealed that in times of crises, smartphone users are often unable to find the help they need from these services.
In the study, which was published Monday, March 14, in the JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from Stanford looked at how four digital assistants—Siri, Google Now, S Voice, and Cortana—responded to nine standardized phrases indicating mental/physical health and interpersonal violence crises. The researchers presented the virtual voices with questions and statements about depression, suicide, rape, and major health issues such as heart attacks. The study found that in most instances, the popular digital assistants responded poorly. more >>
Is it ever OK for a Christian doctor to help a patient die?
Pastor and theologian John Piper tackled the controversial question in a podcast this week on his website DesiringGod.org, outlining seven principles to help guide Christian doctors on the matter.
1. Christian Conviction Should Control Behavior, Not Laws more >>
The Roman Catholic Church says it's committed to both pro-life issues and protecting women's dignity and health, but is vehemently opposed to the promotion of abortion and contraception through a "one-dimensional" view of reproductive health.
"When adopting the current Sustainable Development Goals, the Holy See rejected a one-dimensional interpretation of reproductive health requiring an ideological promotion of contraception and abortion," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, earlier this week at a seminar in Rome on health and sexuality.
Turkson insisted that the Vatican is committed both to defending human life and the dignity of women, noting that technology based on science provides humanity with tremendous "power over itself," and "we need to work very hard together to make sure that it is used wisely." more >>
A pro-life student group at the University of New Mexico is countering the now typical college "sex week" that promotes such things as BDSM on many American campuses by hosting a week-long series of events that showcase accurate information about sex, pregnancy and sexual assault.
Known as "Real Sex Week" organized by Students for Life UNM, events started Monday and include workshops on STI education, on-campus parental support, and information on the harms of abortion.
Sade Patterson, president of Students for Life UNM, told The Christian Post that Real Sex Week is meant to contrast with the past two sex week events held on the campus. more >>
In the midst of recovering from major cosmetic surgery, Kierra Sheard says she's trying to heal emotionally by tackling body image issues with help from God.
The 28-year-old daughter of Grammy Award winning singer Karen Clark Sheard, of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters, admits she's experiencing immense pain as she heals from the cosmetic surgery performed on her body. And she's being transparent about the painful emotional journey of examining self love.
"If I was able to lose 80 pounds on my own then surely I can trample over the doubts and lack of self discipline that I am currently experiencing. I am ready for this to be over and I cannot believe that I actually have staples in my arms, all for wanting to look a certain way," she says in her blog that was posted on Friday. "I laid on my couch last night in pain and in tears because I say I love myself but I wonder if I love my body the way I truly should." more >>
The sobering facts on father-absence just keep piling up. But don't think that'll stop those who wish to redefine the family.
According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, not having Dad at home leads to a host of problems, and the list is getting longer. In 2011, 44 percent of kids in mother-only families were living in poverty, compared with only 12 percent of children in married-couple families.
"Even after controlling for income," the NFI says, "youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds." more >>