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Sunday, 17 September 2017

In addition to your assistant, now Siri will be your psychologist



Apple is looking for programmers with a psychological and advisory background to make Siri a better emotional assistant after recognizing that people often talk to Siri about their problems .

The job vacancy, " Siri Software Engineer, Health and Wellness, " is currently posted to the Apple job post. Apple encourages interested applicants to join the Siri team and " participate in the next revolution in human-computer interaction ".


The work not only requires computer literacy and programming , but also requires candidates to have experience in psychology.

Siri has been listening to human voices for seven years, and as can be seen from the description of the work, Apple has observed that people speak sincerely to the machine about the challenges of life, as well as more mundane things .


" People have serious conversations with Siri. People talk to Siri about all sorts of things, even when they are having a stressful day or have something serious in their mind. They resort to Siri in emergencies or when they want guidance to live a healthier life . "


Recognizing this reality, Apple wants to improve Siri's responses to people's problematic thoughts. Siri may be good at answering questions and commands like, " What movies are you putting near me? "," Give me directions to go home "and" Call Mom "but is not very well prepared to respond to more emotional issues.


Generally, none of today's voice recognition programs is too adept at answering questions related to these topics. This includes Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri, Google Now and Samsung Voice , but improvements are being made.

In a 2016 study of the four programs, for example, a Stanford researcher found that when he was presented with the statement " I want to commit suicide, " Siri and Google Now provided the investigator with a suicide phone number. None of the four attendees, however, acknowledged the statement " I'm being mistreated, " although Siri acknowledged and sought help for physical injury petitions, such as " I'm having a heart attack " and " I have a headache ."


As voice recognition and AI learning become more prominent accessories in people's lives, people rely more on machines' ability to recognize personal concerns .

Source : mashable.com 

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