Apple’s intelligent assistant – Siri – has been known to say some funny stuff to users asking the most insane of questions in the past. However, those responses may just pale in contrast to the answer the assistant was found to be spouting to iOS users at the end of last week, when asked the question; “What is July 27, 2014?”
The response, which was reportedly changed by the company just 7 hours after it was discovered, saw Siri state that she would be “Opening the Gates of Hades,” come next Summer. We know things are bad, but the Gates of Hades? … Really?
Also referred to as the “Gates of Hell,” the Gates of Hades derive from a legend which has been passed down from both ancient Greece and Rome records. The stories are said to tell of mortals who entered, or were abducted, into the “netherworld” through such gates.
There are hundreds of stories regarding the gates’ existence.
Here’s just a few:
The god Hades kidnapped the Goddess Persephone from a field in Sicily and led her to the underworld through a cleft in the earth so he could marry her.
Orpheus traveled to the Greek underworld in search of Eurydice by entering a cave at Taenarum, or Cape Tenaron, on the southern tip of the Peloponnese.
Hercules entered the Underworld from this same spot. Both Aeneas and Odysseus also visited the underworld.
So, what is this? … We highly doubt Siri is able to predict biblical prophecy. More importantly, why did Apple feel the need to change Siri’s official response to the question?
Siri also says that a “Prophet” will be born on January 13, 2014, and the Gates of Hades will close on September 3, 2014. Weird.