Apple Hires Amazon's Head of Search for Siri Help

Stasior previously ran Amazon's search engine since the departure of Udi Manber and held the position of president and CEO of A9.com. Prior to co-founding A9, Stasior was a key executive for at DEC's search engine AltaVista.

Apple did not reply questions on Bill Stasior's work at the company, though it's believed that he will be helping to run the Siri effort.

Apple's Siri is clearly in need of some talent as the virtual assistant has lost some of its original appeal and has not improved much since its original introduction with iOS 5. The company is apparently replacing Siri's founder Adam Cheyer, who came to Apple as part of his Siri's acquisition by Apple in 2008.

Cheyer left Apple in June, following Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus, who left in October of last year. Cheyer is currently listed as an advisor for Change.org.

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  • willard
    You know, I may be the only one here, but I really don't care very much about natural language search. It's easy enough to use a few key phrases. For example, on Android phones (which have had voice command for years, Apple was certainly not the first to the party) you can say "Navigate to..." and give it a destination. Being able to talk to my phone like it's a person doesn't add much for me, because I can already control the phone just fine with my voice.

    Natural language search is a very important topic of research, but it's simply not ready for primetime and the alternatives that have been on the market for years work just fine.
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  • deadlockedworld
    Good. Siri is an idiot most of the time. Understands very few of my requests.
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  • willard
    You know, I may be the only one here, but I really don't care very much about natural language search. It's easy enough to use a few key phrases. For example, on Android phones (which have had voice command for years, Apple was certainly not the first to the party) you can say "Navigate to..." and give it a destination. Being able to talk to my phone like it's a person doesn't add much for me, because I can already control the phone just fine with my voice.

    Natural language search is a very important topic of research, but it's simply not ready for primetime and the alternatives that have been on the market for years work just fine.
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  • Anonymous
    I like the fact that I can ask her to call me " my name" and she says " I did not find "my name" in my contacts" so I had to add myself to my contacts. pretty sad honestly.
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