As the science of artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more advanced and deeply ingrained in our daily lives, society gets closer to some of the iconic examples of AI from science fiction. Star Trek fans will remember the captain using a voice command to engage the ship's mainframe on the Starship Enterprise simply by saying "Computer."
Tuesday April 25, 2017 12:29 pm PDT by Juli Clover Apple product designer and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber gave a TED Talk today, where he covered his vision of the future of computers and artificial intelligence. "It's the difference between a life of isolation and one of dignity and connection," he said.Privacy, is of course, a key part of artificial intelligence and future computing capabilities. Apple has already taken the first steps towards linking artificial intelligence and memory, with its Photos app. It also incorporates facial recognition and deep levels of privacy - facial recognition features are not cross-device and do not sync over iCloud.
Apple has hired three engineers who previously worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an engineer who worked on the space agency's autonomous vehicle for exploration on Jupiter's moon. The engineers reportedly will work on the company's self-driving venture, said the Wall Street Journal, which obtained documents related to the company's autonmous vehicle plan.
Apple's Siri assistant may not boast as many third-party integrations as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but it's still useful in its own right. Since the company opened up the platform last year, major apps have tapped into the platform, allowing iPhone and iPad users to perform tasks completely hands-free. WhatsApp, for example, has allowed users to send texts using their voice since September, but as part of its latest update, Apple's assistant can read messages aloud too.
If there wasn't already a mountain of pressure on Apple to deliver something spectacular with this year's iPhone update, there surely is now. If you haven't noticed, Samsung has released the Galaxy S8 and S8, and they're pretty remarkable. As a former iPhone 7 Plus user, the S8 might very well be the best phone I've ever used, with a stunning screen, speedy processor, and, yes, a gorgeous design.