The Amazing and Dangerous Future of Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Ian Malcom from Jurassic Park

Last week Google demoed a new feature this week called “Duplex” that shows a huge jump in progress of capabilities of artificial intelligence. You can watch a brief demo from the keynote here: Essentially, it’s an artificial intelligence (AI) that can hold limited conversations and sound completely human – even down to quirks and stammers, like adding in “ums” and pauses where the AI is “thinking” or “processing a question” from the person it is talking to. Because I’m a

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The All-In-One Smart Home Device

Every year more and more people start to upgrade their homes to “smart homes” but for people in the Apple ecosystem there really isn’t a good all-in-one smart home device to control it all. There’s the HomePod, but that’s a half baked product at best. Late last year I got into the smart home game starting with smart light bulbs and loved them. What I hated about them was controlling them with Siri and Apple HomeKit. Siri would barely recognize

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The Misunderstandings and Shortcomings of Siri

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Dave Mark recently wrote on The Loop about his problems with Siri on the HomePod to play a specific album that he wanted. Dave doesn’t believe this is an issue with Siri and her (its?) ability to translate and parse text, but a collaboration issue. Now, you might think this is a complaint about Siri’s ability to parse my spoken words. Not at all. I find Siri to be excellent at translating spoken word to text. And: …I see the

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https versus http

Padlocks on a fence

There is a lot of talk about https versus http, especially in the post-Snowden world. This article from Dave Winer came across my feed. In the article, Dave writes: I want to make it easier and easier for people to run their own web servers. Google is doing what the programming priesthood always does, building the barrier to entry higher, making things more complicated, giving themselves an exclusive. This means only super nerds will be able to put up sites. And

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Trump

Man. What an absolutely shitty couple of weeks it’s been. Donald Trump winning the election was nothing short of a punch in the gut. I’ve been able to sum up some of my emotions about the election in the following gifs. Trump is going to be an absolute train wreck for this country. White supremacists and the KKK are applauding this victory and even planning parades. He’s even appointing racists and white nationalists to top positions in his White House and cabinet. The biggest

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WWDC 2016 Wishlist

WWDC 2016 Wishlist

It’s almost June so that means that Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference is right around the corner. That means it’s time for my WWDC 2016 wishlist. watchOS I don’t have an Apple Watch, but I’m very strongly considering buying one whenever the second generation comes out. That said, I’m not incredibly familiar with the operating system, but from what I’ve read I’m hoping for an update to watchOS that adds some speed , plus makes the Apple Watch rely less on

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WWDC 2015 Wrap up and OS X 11 and iOS 9 Previews

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WDDC came and went two months ago and I never did my follow up post because I was busy and lazy, but mostly lazy. Right off the bat, Apple TV was a no show, but there are rumors it may show up next month. So we don’t need to discuss these items but I do hope that Apple includes the items on my wishlist for it. OS X 10.11 I liked the name Mojave, but Apple went with El Capitán.

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Mac OS X 10.11 / iOS 9 Wishlist

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Apple’s annual developer’s conference WWDC is right around the corner and it’s time to bring out my annual pre-WWDC predictions and my OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 wishlist. But before I get to that, I want to talk about one of my favorite devices in my house and its possible future. Apple TV It’s speculated every year that Apple will release a new Apple TV and every year comes and goes without one. The Apple TV was last updated in 2013,

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Interacting With Your Computer

If you’ve ever watched a sci-fi show or movie you’ve probably seen a scene where a person has interacted verbally with a computer, and the computer spoke back to the person like a conversation between two people. This is artificial intelligence, or AI. The computer can even be a character, like J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man and Avengers movies. How cool would it be to have something like J.A.R.V.I.S.? Iron Man’s heads-up display (HUD) is totally bad-ass, too, and what

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The Changing Face of TV

Earlier this week the Golden Globes were on. Ali and I love watching the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars since we are big TV and movie nuts. As we were watching Ali and I were of course live-tweeting because we are big dorks. One of my Twitter friends made an interesting comment, and I responded to him. Amazon Instant Video wins over Netflix who had started beating HBO, who was the first to lodge network shows. TV has changed. #GoldenGIobes

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