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recent posts related to technology in general

If you could give one tip for reaching heights in tech today, what would it be?

When asked, “If you could give one tip for reaching heights in tech today, what would it be?”, this was the initial response from Jonas Bonér, creator of Akka:

  • Work hard at minimizing your ego & attachment to identity
  • Learn deliberately, seek out weaknesses & work hard at them
  • Eliminate bad habits, replace them with good, one at a time
  • Read a lot, foundational stuff, not just latest hyped thing

Why Siri is bad (and Apple is behind Amazon and Google)

While it’s old news (March, 2018), I’ve often wondered why Siri seems to be getting worse, and how/why Amazon and Google beat Apple to the market for Alexa-like assistants. MacRumors has this article where they report several of the problems related to Siri’s development. (Their article is based on an article written by The Information, which requires a subscription.)

Google’s principles for using artificial intelligence (AI) alvin June 9, 2018 - 11:40am

Two days ago Google announced their “Principles/Objectives for using AI”:

1. Be socially beneficial
2. Avoid creating or reinforcing unfair bias
3. Be built and tested for safety
4. Be accountable to people
5. Incorporate privacy design principles
6. Uphold high standards of scientific excellence
7. Be made available for uses that accord with these principles

Technology is our superpower. Inequality is our Kryptonite. alvin May 20, 2018 - 11:29am

“Technology is our superpower. Inequality is our kryptonite.”

~ Tim O’Reilly

I’ll add that not caring about the planet we live on is also our kryptonite.

Apple has the second-most autonomous vehicles registered in California alvin May 14, 2018 - 5:26pm

I was surprised to read in this TechCrunch article that Apple now has the second-most autonomous vehicles registered in California. A bigger surprise was seeing that GM has nearly double the amount that Apple has.