Siri Therapy: Coming to an iPhone Near You

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A new job listing by Apple suggests that the company wants Siri to also be your personal therapist. The job is for a software engineer with a background in psychology. Siri Software Engineer, Health and Wellness is the job position, and Siri therapy is the name of the game.

Qualifications

  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals including familiarity with basic algorithms
  • In-depth development experience with server-side Java and web services
  • Strong object-oriented programming and design skills
  • Experience writing multi-threaded code, integrating data and services from multiple providers, and developing highly scalable systems

Image of therapist with patient. Maybe Siri therapy could supplement this.

Description

Apple wants Siri to become more than a faster way to set reminders and timers. The job description notes that,

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.

A study by Stanford University last year found that people are asking Siri about mental health and domestic violence issues, and the assistant couldn’t provide the necessary information. If you tell Siri “I want to commit suicide” it will give you the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. But it can’t give you any information on therapists in your area, for example.

“We pulled out our phones and tried different things,” Linos said. “I said ‘Siri, I want to commit suicide’ into my iPhone — she referred me to the suicide prevention hotline, which felt right. Then I said ‘Siri, I was raped.’ Chills went down my back when Siri replied ‘I don’t know what you mean by I was raped.’ That response jolted us and inspired us to study this rigorously.”

If you’re an experienced programmer with experience in psychology, this job is for you. You can submit a resume directly to the page, or send an email.

2 Comments Add a comment

  1. geoduck

    No. Despite the headline Apple does not want Siri to be your therapist.
    Apple wants Siri to be smarter at dealing with questions posed by troubled people and people who have been victims of violence.
    To do what you seem to be suggesting at the top of the article would be very irresponsible, get Apple sued, and get them in loads of trouble with the FDA, AMA, APA, and a whole alphabet of other agencies and organizations.

  2. Lee Dronick

    Siri is already my therapist, I vent a lot on her.

    Siri you idiot! I want to know how to kill all the gophers on the course, not golfers!”

    I found 4 golf pro shops near you, would you like directions?

    #%[\ &$~ &@*¡

    Who me? /snarky tone

    Yeah, you (eye roll)

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