Siri’s main innovator, Bill Stasior has left his post. Stasior has been at the forefront of everything Siri for seven years now but after a switch up, the vice president of the voice assistant has left his post to undertake a new role within in the company.
Stasior first joined Apple in 2012 and was appointed to heed Siri after being plucked from Amazon’s A9 retail search time. The majority of the original Siri co-founders had already left Apple at this point and Stasior was given the task of deciding where the digital assistant should be headed next.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Siri has somewhat of a troubled history, the voice assistant arrived with much anticipation but Apple’s failure to properly integrate the product at relative pace meant that competitor’s were able to overtake in the same department, i.e. Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Google Assistant.
Apple have hired Google’s John Giannandrea to head their Artificial Intelligence projects and direct learning efforts within the company. This will include coreML as well as Siri. The former Google man is said to be responsible for appointing a new leader for the voice assistant so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.