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.)
recent posts related to technology in general
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
Zalando has started their own tech radar list.
“Technology is our superpower. Inequality is our kryptonite.”
I’ll add that not caring about the planet we live on is also our kryptonite.
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.
Bloomberg has a story titled, The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code.
Per this Wired security news this week story, a company named Securus claims to be able to track nearly any cell phone in the United States, within seconds.
If you’re interested in computer system performance, ExtremeTech has an article titled, CPU utilization is wrong on PCs, and it’s getting worse every year. The original article was written on the same topic by Brendan Gregg in 2017, but the problem has been made worse by the Spectre and Meltdown patches.
If you’re interested in developing applications for the Google Assistant, there is now a Google Assistant Developer Community Program. From that link: “To support your efforts and celebrate your accomplishments, we put together an ever-improving program with benefits and incentives that are tied to specific milestones.”