Since the birth of Apple’s assistant Siri, it has fast become a stable staff in people’s day to day activities. With everyone going to Siri for directions and information on everyday tasks, it isn’t hard to see why the assistant has gained popularity amongst its users. But a pattern is just beginning to emerge, Siri is being asked thought-provoking questions about life and life-changing decisions. And it is unfortunate to say that that has been above its paycheck.
But Apple has decided that it is time to do something about it. It has gone out to find programmers who have some background knowledge in psychology, guidance, and counseling. They have done so to make Siri capable of addressing these upcoming issues.
In a recently released advert looking for a software engineer dedicated to Siri’s development, Apple says
“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.” This goes further to reiterate the fact that there is a serious need for these machines to become some form of emotional support for people.
And even with all the glaring evidence, we see that the assistance available to us are not up to par when it comes to handling this problem. A scientific finding from Stanford goes on to support this observation. They looked into the four most used digital assistants in the market today. They included Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s Google Now, the S Voice and Microsoft’s Cortana.
And it was established that they all fell short when it came to giving adequate answers to questions concerning emotional and psychological matters including domestic and sexual abuse.
But that doesn’t mean that applications and programs focused on voice, don’t have the ability to solve these eminent health problems. This claim has been backed by researchers. In fact, one of them Dr. Eleni Linos, who heads the research says “As ‘first responders,’ these agents could help by referring people to the right resources during times of need,”
As of now, the future looks bright as Apple states in its job posting that a lot of significant improvements have been made towards the further development of Siri. We would watch with – our fingers crossed, to see how these new set of shrink software engineers will to take the computer experience to a whole new level. This will bring a new meaning to the way we humans interact with technology.