Apple’s New Counselor Will Teach Siri How to Have “Serious Conversations”

Siri may soon be able to give you advice on healthy living.

9. 16. 17 by Business Insider
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Guidance from Siri

Apple is on the hunt for a Siri software engineer with a background in counseling or psychology, according to a job listing spotted by CNBC’s Christina Farr.

The job listing gives a rare insight into how people use Apple’s voice assistant and how Apple wants to improve it. Interestingly, people are turning to Siri in emergencies or “when they want guidance on living a healthier life.”

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Candidates must also have a computer science degree or equivalent, while experience with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like natural language processing and machine learning is also desirable.

Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and other technology companies are all battling it out to hire the best and brightest people in the field of AI, with salaries often running into six figures.

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Taking Siri to the Next Level

Describing the “Siri Software Engineer, Health and Wellness” role, which is based in Santa Clara Valley, Apple writes:

“People have serious conversations with Siri. People talk to Siri about all kinds of things, including when they’re having a stressful day or have something serious on their mind. They turn to Siri in emergencies or when they want guidance on living a healthier life. Does improving Siri in these areas pique your interest? Come work as part of the Siri Domains team and make a difference.

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“We are looking for people passionate about the power of data and have the skills to transform data to intelligent sources that will take Siri to next level. Someone with a combination of strong programming skills and a true team player who can collaborate with engineers in several technical areas. You will thrive in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.”

Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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