Soon, You Will Be Told What To Think About Apple

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Page 2 – News Debris For The Week Of March 13th

Unintended Consequences of Autonomous Cars

Over 400,000 people put down a US$1,000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3. And now it’s showtime because that $400M has been used up. Tesla needs another $1.15B to start production. According to Business Insider, the expectation is that “the company plans to produce 5,000 vehicles per week in the fourth quarter of this year to start meeting that demand, then ramp things up to 10,000 vehicles per week sometime next year.”

Tesla Model 3

Model 3. Image credit: Tesla

This is a huge challenge. How well tesla meets the challenge could determine if Tesla is still making cars in 2022. One thing Tesla has going for it, along with other auto makers who offer autonomous modes, is the insurance break. See: “Do you use Tesla’s autopilot? Here’s how you can get an insurance discount.

Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot are almost 40 percent less likely to get in an accident than are cars not equipped with the feature.

It’s easy to see where this is going. At some point, people will have to be exceptionally well off financially to afford the insurance for a car they drive themselves.

More and more, a company that uses AI to make additional money will determine your choices and behavior. See page one.

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The same effect is going to apply to medicine. IBM’s Watson is very much involved in correlating medical facts. “IBM Watson to bring AI to brain bleed detection.” It’s easy to imagine a time when your smartwatch or your AirPods report your eating and exercise habits to an AI. And whether you smoke. In turn, the AI sends your health insurance company the analysis that determines your variable monthly premium. Or else, Watson just has a chat with your insurer.

I have what I think is a terrific podcast called Background Mode. So I appreciated Jason Snell’s perspectives on: “What’s Apple’s next chapter in podcasting?” Recently, Jason was on Background Mode, and we had a good time.

Why do security exploits keep coming in waves? Why can’t the technology companies get a handle on and then reduce to zero potential exploits? It’s because new features just keep coming and coming. It’s part of the competitive landscape. Case in point. “MacBook Pro Touch Bar: cool effects, worryingly easy to hack.

Finally, the Parallels blog wanted to get a better handle on Macs in the workplace. “In our latest research, we wanted to understand the usage and growth of incoming Mac devices, the advantages of incorporating Mac, and how IT pros perceive support and management of Apple computers.” Here’s the entry point: “Mac in the Workplace – Myth and Reality.

The above suggests a future still looking pretty good for the Mac. Why would Apple let its Mac lineup become “… a showcase of old technology” ?

Apple could easily wow us in 2017. We’re so hungry for new Macs.


Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a
discussion of articles that didn’t make the tmo headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holidays.

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Scott B in DC

It’s easy to see where this is going. At some point, people will have to be exceptionally well off financially to afford the insurance for a car they drive themselves. Ummm… not it is not! Why do I say this? In a shadow life I lead as a writer for a political action committee (PAC), I have spoken with people in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill. Nobody is going to be for allowing the insurance companies to do this. All the olde pharts in government, some of whom have classic cars, will not let this happen. They will legislate… Read more »


John: I am familiar with that Twilight Zone episode, ‘To Serve Man’, and with the short story behind it. However, I do not believe that Google’s ad insert qualifies as serving us up, although I get where you’re going with this. To be sure, willingly enlisting oneself into a personal data harvesting option, often free at the point of entry, such as Google and Facebook honeypots, but increasingly at the point of purchase, such as the Google Assistant and the Amazon Echo, do resemble ‘services for man’, but qualify as ‘man’ handing over his or her identity and virtual self… Read more »


That may all very well be, but the fact remains that we are the dumba**es that keep subverting our ability to think for ourselves, and the ones that are too lazy and entitled to do our own research or pay for things. I don’t disagree with the sentiment being expressed, but we are all serving ourselves up on a silver platter.


Science does not have a moral dimension.
It is like a knife.
If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer,
each will use it differently.
Werner Von Braun

I’m not worried about AI technology itself.
I am worried about what the Oligarchy will use it for.


I still don’t understand all of this fear and loathing around AI. Just because AI is wires and chips instead of flesh and blood doesn’t mean it’s first realization will be “I think, therefore mankind must die!” Every day thousands of new minds capable of horrific evil are born into this world, yet with a few exceptions they don’t immediately launch genocidal campaigns the moment they mature, so why is it so many people assume AI will do so? Isn’t one of the primary basics of AI the ability to learn, understand and interact with us fleshy meat bags? How… Read more »


Just as kids now expect almost every display they come across to be a touchscreen, they might grow up thinking they can command people to respond the way Alexa or Siri might.

My god! This will be the end of civilization, just as it was when television came out and kids lost their imaginations, or when they were corrupted by comic books to become deviant sex fiends, or when the devil’s music (rock & roll, jazz) turned all kids into refer smoking maniacs. We’re doomed, DOOOOOOOOOMED!

Lee Dronick

“But what will happen when 70-80-90% of humanity is literally unemployable?”

Revolutions, reigns of terror, and such; idle hands being the Devil’s workshop.


Two quick thoughts.: What Google did is obnoxious, and annoying. But how is it different from turning on the TV, getting news, weather, and traffic, interspersed with ads? Obnoxious yes, but why the surprise? AIs will increasingly replace people, indeed they already are. Over the next few decades more and more people will literally be unable to find a job. Driving a cab or truck? Sorry AIs are taking over that. Call Centres? Sorry that’s all run on the servers. Janitors? Sorry Roomba has an AI system that does the floors and windows. This will make the rich richer. But… Read more »