If you're on the receiving end of a so-called "butt dial," it could be a nuisance or it could make for some fun eavesdropping. Either way, it's mostly harmless. Except for one Tennessee man, because a butt dial was his saving grace, along with a little help from Siri.
An 18-year-old from Murfreesburo was working under his truck by himself when the jack collapsed and left his arms pinned under the weight of the vehicle and unable to call for help.
The man screamed and screamed, and luckily he caught the attention of one person. One artificial person, that is.
Siri, Apple's artificial intelligence assistant, recognized the man's voice and was activated after he used his butt to confirm that he needed to make a command. Siri obliged his request to call 911 and emergency responders were dialed. The man was able to communicate with the dispatchers and medics were sent to the scene.
The man's life was saved thanks to his iPhone and the friendly voice of Siri. And the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's trauma team, LifeFlight and Murfreesboro EMS, of course.