Voice assistant software at this point in time have certainly come a long way from when they were first introduced, but at the same time we wouldn’t exactly call it perfect. For the most part it does what it is supposed to do, but what if voice assistants could become more than just mere software in the future?
That seems to be a future that Apple is looking to explore, thanks to a recent job listing in which Apple is seeking an engineer with a psychology background for Siri. The job listing, which was discovered by CNBC’s Christina Farr reads in part, “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.”
Farr also provides a link to a study conducted by Stanford University back in 2016 in which it explored how voice assistants could be improved upon to respond to personal emergencies, such as how to advise a user who might have been raped. It will be interesting (and also a bit scary) to see if Apple has what it takes to make Siri be more “human” and understand our human needs.
It is clear that Apple sees AI as being the future, especially when you consider the fact that for the iPhone X, Apple included a dedicated neural engine in the A11 Bionic chipset.