Apple introduces the AI Phone

“At Apple’s WWDC 2018 — an event some said would be boring this year with its software-only focus and lack of new MacBooks and iPads — the company announced what may be its most important operating system update to date with the introduction of iOS 12,” Sarah Perez writes for TechCrunch. “Through a series of Siri enhancements and features, Apple is turning its iPhone into a highly personalized device, powered by its Siri AI.”

“This “new AI iPhone” — which, to be clear, is your same ol’ iPhone running a new mobile OS — will understand where you are, what you’re doing and what you need to know right then and there,” Perez writes. “After the installation of iOS 12, Siri’s Suggestions will be everywhere. In the same place on the iPhone Search screen where you today see those Siri suggested apps to launch, you’ll begin to see other things Siri thinks you may need to know, too… Siri Suggestions will also appear on the Lock Screen when it thinks it can help you perform an action of some kind. For example, placing your morning coffee order — something you regularly do around a particular time of day — or launching your preferred workout app, because you’ve arrived at the gym.”

“These improvements to Siri would have been enough for iOS 12, but Apple went even further. The company also showed off a new app called Siri Shortcuts,” Perez writes. “Overall, iOS 12’s AI-powered features will make Apple’s devices more personalized to you, but they could also rub some people the wrong way. Maybe people won’t want their habits noticed by their iPhone, and will find Siri prompts annoying — or, at worst, creepy, because they don’t understand how Siri knows these things about them. Apple is banking hard on the fact that it’s earned users’ trust through its stance on data privacy over the years.”

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20 Comments

  1. Oh whatever. I’ll believe it when I can comfortably use an iPhone for all tasks, only needing the Mac for coding or writing very long documents with complex formatting. AI isn’t everything, and probably never will be.

    Devin Prater Assistive Technology Instructor certified by World Services for the Blind JAWS certified

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        1. Hell so one is now expected to have to actually search why someone is being so persistently and ostentatiously an annoying self publicist. I guess he will be talking in the third person next just to rub in the sense of self importance to us mere mortals.

          1. You are a fuqwit pure and simple.

            I too have been annoyed by Prater’s prattling at times, but simply put JAWS is software that reads out what’s on the screen for blind people.

            Prater is blind. He can be a doofus and I’ve hassled him endlessly about prattling, but honestly, leave the poor blind guy alone.

            I’ve admonished him several times that you cannot make a blind man see, that in the land of the blind the one eyed man is kind, that his vision on particular things is off and every other funny pun I could think of, and now it turns out that 95% of you flaqwots didn’t friggin know what JAWS software was in the first place.

            Talk about a one eyed man leading the friggin’ blind on this one! You’re all blonde and bland, too, with all your blunders, and next you’ll tell me it actually won’t blend! Sheesh!

        2. You bring up an excellent point and I did try to look it up and ended up at the site you posted a link to. After a perusal at the site I still could not find the meaning of the JAWS acronym, and I also found over 20 acronyms for JAWS so I figured it might be easier to ask him.

          The one that I think it is is Job Access With Speech, not exactly an intuitive acronym.

          Your point remains excellent and one I take to heart, search engines and the net is amazing to find out about all sorts of stuff.

          1. Please try to keep in mind that search engines are optimised for the profit of their operators. That implies a bias in our search results, but we can’t discern the nature of the bias without disclosures by the provider, and such transparency is only grudgingly granted and obscurely implemented.. it might as well not even be there. Add to that our own individual “confirmation biases” (desire to prove ourselves right), and you witness unregulated dialogues spinning out of control, powerfully able to subvert and pervert democratic consensus, as happened after Pearl Harbour and the Twin Towers terrorist attacks, and other high-profile events that created a pool of anguish for opportunists to exploit. Ordinary people have always been weak and impressionable. I’m ashamed for them, for my own people.

            The internet is both our friend and our enemy. We all must take responsibility for rationally, not emotionally, evaluating evidence received from gossipy sources, however gluttonous we may feel in our righteousness, and try to do the right thing. But realistically, I don’t expect anyone to take my advice. They’ll go to a “reputable” news source instead. Or at least one that rewards their confirmation biases. I’m not claiming I’m any better, only that I am an individual, not a news organisation with a moneyed agenda.

            1. Hello and thank you for your insightful reply, nice to hear from you again Herself.

              I realize the drawbacks of search engines, overall I find them still pretty primitive when it comes to be able to discern what exactly you are asking for, albeit at times you have to ask the question in a way that will be understood.

              That being said, the rule of thumb that I was taught was to first define the acronym Job Access With Speech (JAWS) then use the acronym as is (JAWS) in the rest of the communication. I see acronyms as jargon, useful shortcuts for those in the know, but also a way to display ignorance and arrogance (i.e. if you have to look up the acronym you are stupid and we are so important we don’t have to give you the acronym, look it up yourself). Case in point the JAWS certification link provided by Ballz. I’ve perused the Freedom Scientific site, still haven’t found the meaning of JAWS on their site. Why, I have no idea, but hey putting the definition of it on their web site would be a no brainer to me.

              Your talk about bias is only the tip of the ice berg but you allude to where it’s going. Bias, like anything can be useful, if I am at an all you can eat buffet I’ll fill my plate with what I like. I’ll certainly extol on the virtues I find on the food I choose. I’ll happily discuss the bias others have on the food they choose. That’s as far as it goes for me most of the time.

              However, as you follow my discussions you have noticed more than once an other approach, my rule of thumb when dealing with folks for your country.

              1. Insult the messenger to the point of character assassination.
              2. Distract from the main issue with smoke and mirrors, whataboutism and other distractions.
              3. Never ever deal with the issue at hand.

              You’ve seen this many times no doubt when I bring up the concepts of torture and your country’s post second 9-11 escapade into Iraq. Very rarely does anyone deal with item 3 even when I ask directly. You have of course you are a critical thinker, you’ll look at torture perhaps once a viable part of history but in this day and age, well frankly I think it’s disgusting, be it from your country or other groups, especially since I see it as a stepping stone from bias, intolerance.

              Take that to the food analogy I started off with. It is one thing to have a bias and extol the virtues of the food you it. It is another to have the bias and insult others who eat different foods, keep the focus on only the foods you eat, and to the extreme end prevent others from eating foods other than those you have a bias for and force feed those foods. That’s intolerance and that’s what is emanating from your country right now, part and parcel of the fear anger and hatred your nation has embraced. So when you are ashamed for your own people, are you talking about your country or the people of the world? Food for thought.

              Anything can be a friend or an enemy, water can provide life or drown. Here the responsibility is for the rationality and the emotivity. When the two are in harmony there is a wonderful equilibrium and a synergy. What I see the challenge is the lack of skills when dealing with emotivity, which should not be treated as a material item which can be weighed and measured quantitatively but rather a flow of energy that has a unique quality. This lack of balance is seen when so many sink and succumb to the waves of hatred and intolerance.

              These are our opinions, we may not agree on them all but the fact that we can discuss them and share the ideas is what is important to me.

              A pleasure as usual, stay beautiful and enjoy your weekend.

              RW

            2. “Please try to keep in mind that” RW HATES the U.S. and insults ALL its citizens on every post that has NOTHING to do with Apple …

            3. Hi H! Could you please help me understand what you mean when you say:

              Add to that our own individual “confirmation biases” (desire to prove ourselves right), and you witness unregulated dialogues spinning out of control, powerfully able to subvert and pervert democratic consensus, as happened after Pearl Harbour and the Twin Towers terrorist attacks, and other high-profile events that created a pool of anguish for opportunists to exploit.

              I entirely understand ‘confirmation biases’, an excellent descriptor phrase. How did it apply to Pearl Harbour and the Twin Towers? 9-11 is a particular difficult subject due to plenty of data pointing out ‘powers-that-be’ participation within the USA.

              Meanwhile, a reply to Road Warrior because WordPress is disallowing direct replies at the level of his relevant post:

              RW, you said:

              You’ve seen this many times no doubt when I bring up the concepts of torture and your country’s post second 9-11 escapade into Iraq.

              The one big fault that repeats itself in your arguments is that you leave out the participation of the UK in totalitarian/treasonous crimes. I personally have endlessly ranted about exactly why my country created the post 9-11 Iraq War. I’ll skip over the timeline here. But I must point out that the UK participated AS WELL! It was NOT just a USA invented war. The UK assisted in its invention and participated as well. And it was a case of a labour PM in the UK in consensus with a USA neo-conservative Republican administration! I was stunned to watch it unfold. It was a case of two countries being yanked on a string by the source country that created the entire Iraq War concept (who shall remain nameless for the sake of avoiding a side channel conversation).

              I can also point to the deep surveillance of citizens in the UK by its government and even pull out data supporting the contention that the UK government has deliberately erased citizen surveillance data when it suited their needs over the needs of UK citizens.

              IOW: Pot calling the kettle black. I point at both the UK and USA cooking vessels as cracked as well as dirty.

            4. Hey Derek,

              Thanks for the post. I do acknowledge that the UK and a host of other countries (for a variety of reasons) joined the initial 2003 invasion of Iraq and certainly the UK under Tony Blur was very involved in drumming up support for the war. That being said it was your nation that spearheaded such a move, that lead the coalition, and provided the most military support.

              However that being said in the words of TxUser ” If particular conduct is immoral or criminal, it is simply irrelevant that somebody else has engaged in conduct that is even worse. The existence of Jeffrey Dahmer does not constitute a “get out of jail free card” for murderers who have killed and eaten fewer than 17 people.”

              In other words, pointing out the allies that were involved in the Iraq conflict and pointing out other nations that commit atrocities against humanity does not absolve your country from its acts perpetrated against humanity. I know you’ve spoken on this at length and that we both have reservations about various countries (I know one of your favorites is China) and their treatment of their citizens or in the case of your country the citizens of other nations.

              There are a lot of black pots and kettles to be sure, but there are however nations that will take a humanitarian lead of the free and civilized world. That’s why I take comfort when I look at the global peace index. The 2018 update is out and once again Iceland is on top along with New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, Denmark, Canada, Czech Republic, Singapore, Japan and Ireland. Your country has dropped last year from 114 place to 121 so when it’s not the place for peaceful leadership, but when it comes to war, well your nation is one of the greatest.

              Have a good one Derek.

            5. “Jeffrey Dahmer” talk about OFF TOPIC! You can stick the liberal “Peace index” where the sun does not shine. The U.S. has liberated MORE NATIONS than any other country in HISTORY. Let me say that again, in HISTORY. Just shut your tone deaf piehole and take your U.S. HATE ELSEWHERE …

              USA!🇺🇸USA!🇺🇸USA!

  2. “Overall, iOS 12’s AI-powered features will make Apple’s devices more personalized to you, but they could also rub some people the wrong way. Maybe people won’t want their habits noticed by their iPhone, and will find Siri prompts annoying — or, at worst, creepy, because they don’t understand how Siri knows these things about them.”

    I don’t need a nosy nanny bitchin’ iPhone! …

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