The Apple Echo Chamber is dutifully promoting the many “rumors” and “leaks” of new devices and delightful services ahead of the company’s developer conference. Fake news pays, PR masquerading as real news pays even better.
So much newer stuff to buy!
Instead of a magically revolutionary and disruptively new iPhone, Apple instead said its latest innovations don’t really alter our lives, not so much, don’t improve our productiivty, don’t enhance our creativity and, oh, since they already have over $200,000,000,000 in off-shore accounts, that this year, in a pique of pro-user empowerment, the company will instead cut the price of all existing iPhones by at least 25%.
That would do so much for so many.
“Developing advanced general algorithms that could one day help scientists as they tackle some of our most complex problems, such as finding new cures for diseases, dramatically reducing energy consumption, or inventing revolutionary new materials,” says DeepMind Technologies CEO Demis Hassabis.
Our world may become more rational, more ordered, more data-led, I’m not sure, but we humans will certainly not. As we outsource the rational, as our machines do more of our thinking and analysis, we will do what they cannot. Emotional, irrational, wasteful, hopeful.
We will believe, even when there is no evidence — even when the evidence says we are wrong.
Numerous tech bloggers — possibly all of them save me — are declaring it a major “loss” to Apple that Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John is leaving the company.
I assume she was fired.
Think of Apple’s 10+ year iTunes advantage, it’s 1-plus-billion-device ecosystem, its 500 million+ users, its many many billions spent on music and branding and celebrity endorsements and Hollywood deals and yet Apple Music remains an industry laggard, nearly an industry joke.
Should you ever wonder, just for a moment, if humans will, in large numbers, fuck sex robots, especially sex robots with like-human skin and embedded with humanity’s latest and best stimulant algorithms, know that such a question has long been answered.
In the affirmative.
Since February, the ride-hailing company has lost its president and its heads of communications, finance, product, and its self-driving car division. In all, nine of its most senior executives have headed out the door — all for different reasons.
It’s going to take more than many billions of dollars from venture capital funds to unseat government’s ownership grip on transportation. Travis Kalanick is this generation’s Steve Jobs, and his vision and focus and unwavering commitment — and what in the present day we brand toxic masculinity — will all be required to keep Uber alive and changing the world.
This lie again.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson took Facebook to task on Thursday over the lack of diversity among its board of directors.
Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Jackson noted that he’d addressed Facebook’s board on the same subject at the same meeting two years ago. The makeup of Facebook’s board hasn’t changed since then. As he noted, Facebook still doesn’t have any blacks, Latinos or Asians on its board. That’s a stark contradiction with what the company is supposed to stand for, he said.
Probably nothing great in your life is the product of “diversity.”
Not the iPhone. Not Windows. Not aspirin. Not your father’s Oldsmobile, or even the internal combustion engine, not the television set, not Lipitor, not Apple Inc, not Facebook, not Google, not jet engines, probably not your spouse. There is value in diversity. There is value in homogeneity. There can be much value in Reverend Jackson’s words if, should he dare, he took our broken, government-operated, early-2oth century-designed school system to task for consistently failing, black, brown, minorities and the poor.
It’s easy money and an easy headline to criticize Facebook’s lack of diversity, and I am sympathetic to those who seek inclusion, access, acceptance, but in the 40-odd years Jackson has been criticizing Big Corporate, how has the plight of minorities progressed in public schools and inner cities? Time for Jackson to take on the hard stuff.
Probably time for all of us.