Tech: Apple is hiring a psychologist to help Siri have ‘serious conversations’ (AAPL)

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Apple is on the hunt for a Siri
software engineer with a background in counselling 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.”

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.

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.

“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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