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Apple Hiring Writers and Editors To Improve Siri

Ultron was a dick. Hal 9000 was a liability. Wintermute + Neuromancer= bad. The eternal struggle of man vs. machine has inspired a plethora of literature regarding the topic. If there is one thing we have learned from the cautionary tales of science fiction—it’s that artificial intelligence is probably not a good thing. Worst case scenario, human beings create self-aware machines that ultimately rebel and replace us as the dominant species.

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The sometimes swift and other times comfortingly slow (if the predictions that exist in popular fiction are any indication) advancement of artificial intelligence has startled some of the greatest minds in history. People who rely on technology. Stephen Hawking wasn’t pleased, Bill Gates has expressed fear and Elon Musk once urged people at the highest levels of government to slow the f down. Still, no group of people has been able to better articulate the growing concern of artificial intelligence than writers. Stan Lee, Samuel Butler, William Gibson, Frank Herbert, H.G Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Orson Scott Card, Ann Leckie, Martha Wells, and Mary Shelly; all of these writers and MANY more played with themes of technology and the danger of playing God.


Ironically, things have now come full circle. Writers are needed to aid with the development of Siri—the “chick” is a dial tone (I’m going to put every pronoun in quotes because she’s technically not a she). Apparently, the female-voiced ominous agent of societal collapse lacks relatability. In an article published on Thinknum Media‘s website, it was reported that Apple is looking to hire teams of writers and editors to help improve the way their virtual assistant, Siri, communicates. The goal is to make Apple’s low-key mischievious “madame” more engaging. Siri’s popularity is in peril as she lacks the amount of sports knowledge, anecdotes and incidental information necessary to succeed as an A.I. I guess people are just doing things themselves due to a lack of interest in Siri’s narrative? God/secular tyrants built by us forbid. The adjectives “witty” and “funny” were used to describe the way in which they would like “her” to be improved.

Thinknum Media has tracked hiring data over the past few months and found job posts that revolve around making the digital assistant more entertaining. Various job listings aim to recruit engineers with a deep knowledge of and appreciate for particular subjects; however, the top postings are of the literary variety—-a Siri Editorial Manager and an International Creative Writer, as seen above.

Siri, along with her cohorts Alexa and Google, have helped us play our favorite songs, schedule various appointments, and order food (for which we are forever grateful)…It’s worth mentioning that I am more of a Droid fan and have no idea what Siri is capable of…Should the literary community lend “her” a pinch of the quirkiness that is invaluable and unique to human beings? Maybe we owe it to “her.” I for one think that this particular form of magic should not be lent to a potential threat. The kind of magic that is often a beautiful result of chance or sometimes something that took hours of hair pulling, chain-smoking, and rewriting to lend to a fictional character conceived in our mind.

So I implore writers and editors reading this to harbor their wit. Don’t apply to those available positions. Save it for your friends, family members, and star-struck groupies who follow you on your book tour when you inevitability publish the next great cautionary tale of scientific corruption. Save it for the page.

…but if you are unemployed and REALLY need some income…I guess go for it. I mean I did apply; although this article probably offsets any good my brown-nosing cover letter did.

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10 Best Careers for People Who Love to Read Books

Are you an avid reader who just graduated college, or who is currently working an unfulfilling job? Are you thinking of how to apply your love of reading to a job that will actually make you money? Check out these ten jobs that are perfect for readers!


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1. Librarian



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You expected this, didn’t you? Of course, when someone wants a career in books, this is the one that comes to mind. You will not always be reading books, but you will be surrounded by them. You will impart your wisdom, passion, and devotion to reading to the youth, and have discussions with like-minded people!


2. Literary Agent



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A literary agent is the bridge between the author and publisher. They are the writer’s representatives, who seek out publishers and negotiate deals and contracts. They also read a bunch of manuscripts before they decide want to take a chance on a writer. It is highly recommended to find an agent, rather than submitting your manuscript un-agented to a publishing house, many of whom won’t accept manuscripts from authors who are not represented by an agent.


3. Publisher



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Working at a publisher means you could be involved in the editing, cover design, marketing or any other aspect of the production of a book. In any of these fields, you can exercise your creativity, choices, and have your eyes on the page all day! What more could you want?


4. Proofreader



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If you love to read, then surely you appreciate the rules of grammar. The job of proofreaders is to correct grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. Proofreading is one of the most available and desired positions to be filled in the job market.


5. Script Reader


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Are you into movies, television series, or films in general? You can read script submissions from writers who are looking to work on a desired show, and make the decision to accept or toss it onto the rejection pile. Reading a lot of books, plays, and scripts, makes you qualified to decide what is acceptable.


6. Book Reviewers



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Based on employer’s rules and regulations you get to critique books by writing articles or on book websites—regarding essence of story like plot, setting, tone, and believability.


7. Translator



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This job requires you to be at least bilingual. A translator translates books between languages. You are expected to read and rewrite copies—taking into consideration of grammar rules. As a reader, you are passionate about the essence of language, and this job will provide a closer relationship with it.


8. Book Publicist



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You will be responsible and accountable for marketing books. You’ll be scheduling book signings, contacting media outlets such as newspapers, radio shows, and television producers to schedule interviews for representation and promotion for the targeted book.


9. Teacher



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Want to inspire fresh young minds to read? Then being a reading level teacher for elementary school is just for you! You could also be an English teacher in middle school or high school or even college professor!


10. Independent Bookstore Proprietor


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Are you the kind of person that does not like to work for others? If you are looking forward to opening up your own business and immersing yourself in your love into reading somewhere, you can open up your bookstore with the help of social media and the internet these days. This way you will have a duty for others by helping their book reading passion.


As you come to the end of the list, then you will see that there are plenty of jobs for book lovers who need your love of reading, passion for writing, and knowledge of grammar. All it takes is to explore and to open your heart and your book up to the possibilities!




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Need A Career? Have No Fear! These 8 Jobs Are Perfect For Bookworms!

If you’re a lover of all things books and are searching for a way to infuse your passion with a satisfying career, then look no further! Here are 8 incredible career avenues that will offer bookworms the chance to get through the whole adulting process with a career they can truly enjoy.


1. Author




Becoming an author is the biggest dreams of any writer. The great news is, in today’s digital world today there are so many avenues aspiring writers can take. In addition to the traditional method of publishing through a publisher, you can self-publish stories for free online through websites like Wattpad and FictionPress. In fact, many popular stories such as Chasing Red and Fifty Shades of Grey, have begun as stories published online. While many authors start off with side jobs to earn incomes, the possibilities that exist for writers are endless!


2. Librarian




For so many bookworms, libraries represent happy zones where a love of literature and quiet cozy spaces come together. Becoming a librarian is one of the perfect career options for bookworms. You can share your knowledge and appreciation of different authors, genres, and more with other readers. You can also go about your days surrounded by the calming aura of books. What could be better!


3. Editor




Editors read other people’s work and find ways to improve, simplify, and communicate their ideas in more efficient ways. If you love to read and are super critical (don’t lie to yourself, you know you are), then this would be perfect!


4. Blogger




Blogging is perfect for book lovers because you can reflect your knowledge of particular genres, subjects, and…well anything you want through your writing. Don’t believe me? Then check out this Jane Austen blog. Yes, it’s a blog completely centered around Jane Austen. While earning a living by blogging may not be the easiest route (many writers may still need an additional job to earn an income), there are some definite liberties attached. 


5. Professional Writer




Love writing but don’t have a knack for fiction or poetry? No problem! You can still pursue your love of writing and display your skills through over avenues. You can become a journalist, freelance writer, critic, technical writer, and so much more. Professional writers are vital to companies everywhere because of their research and communication skills. As long as you can communicate vital ideas, messages, and more to audiences, becoming a professional writer is for you.



6. Publisher



Publishing is perfect for readers who love to analyze stories (and are damn good at it). If you have an eye for good writing and are familiar with the writing process, then publishing may just be it. Responsibilities include reading, analyzing, and editing manuscripts and helping publishing companies decide which stories get published. Publishing jobs aren’t necessarily the easiest jobs to come by, but they are certainly fulfilling and allow bookworms the opportunity to have a role in getting books into the hands of readers who would appreciate them.


7. Bookstore Owner



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If you have a shared love of books and business, then becoming a bookstore owner is perfect! You could help bring literature into the hands of readers everywhere. You can both spread literary interest and offer support to authors. For bookworms who aren’t really interested in writing, this is a great alternative to transform your love of books into a career!


8. Professor



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Professors have the ability to read as part of their career and share their favorite books with their students. Professors play a large role in communicating the core themes, ideas, and meanings in literary texts with students. If you love discussing particular books for hours on end, then this career is perfect. 


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