The S8 offers a lot to talk about: There's Bixby, Samsung's attempt to hang with Alexa and Siri and Google Assistant as the software platform you thread through your entire life. There's iris scanning and face recognition, so you can unlock your phone like an MI6 agent. There's a big battery everyone hopes won't explode, an improved camera, and new chips. But the real seller here is that screen--5.8
The new Amazon Echo Look seems like a logical enough extension of Alexa, the company's AI-powered digital assistant. Previously, Alexa lived inside speakers. Now, it's in a camera. That progression belies just how much more the Echo Look could know about you than other Alexa hardware does--especially if Amazon ever unleashes the full power of its machine learnings smarts.
Every day across the nation, people doing work for Google log in to their computers and start watching YouTube. They look for violence in videos. They seek out hateful language in video titles. They decide whether to classify clips as "offensive" or "sensitive." They are Google's so-called "ads quality raters," temporary workers hired by outside agencies to render judgments machines still can't make all on their own. And right now, Google appears to need these humans' help--urgently.
Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth. But whereas Steve Jobs went on to define what it meant to be a modern founder--the turtleneck uniform, the keynote showmanship, the scorn for formal education and steamrolling managerial style--Woz just became a wealthier version of his former self. That is, a gigantic nerd.