Apple hired former Google AI chief back in April, John Giannandrea. Now he has been given the reins over Siri only three months after getting hired.
Microsoft is ramping up its stake in the artificial intelligence market by buying the AI and machine learning startup Bonsai.
Twitter has lost its corporate mind, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet argue in this episode of ACM. They also weigh the importance of WWDC 2018 in terms of Siri, and discuss whether or not Apple has to announce significant improvements to remain competitive in AI. Then there’s the revelation that the FBI exaggerated the number of locked iPhones it couldn’t get into, and they squeeze in a fourth topic, too: Apple’s hunt for a new campus, and how it contrasts with Amazon.
Every Friday the For You section is updated with what the algorithms think you’ll like. For a while Andrew Orr didn’t like his recommendations. But he thinks he discovered a way to improve Apple Music.
According to Apple, users would start off their Siri interactions with “Hey Siri” even when the only way to access the service was by using the iPhone’s Home button.
In a letter to employees, Tim Cook said that John Giannandrea shared Apple’s commitment to privacy and “our thoughtful approach” to machine learning.
A creative AI called SHELDON has created its own podcast, and the result is an infinite, personalized experience. SHELDON was created by James Ryan, a PhD student from University of California (named after Sheldon Klein, an early pioneer of expressive AI). The goal is to create a unique podcast experience for each user. When you listen to your first podcast episode, SHELDON randomly assigns you a county in the world it created. Each simulated country has its own characters with their own individual stories. On February 2 James released a proof-of-concept pilot version on Soundcloud, and he wants to release a beta version of the podcast in early 2019.
Apple usually avoids talking about its projects, but it also wants to reassure researchers that you can still publish papers as an employee.
We’ve talked a bit about how it works before, but this latest paper has additional information. A PDF version is also available with more detail than the journal.
Pixelmator Pro for the Mac hit Apple’s App Store on Wednesday with features like non-destructive editing, machine learning assisted tools, and more.
Photos on your device are never sent to Nude’s servers. If you choose, it stores the photo inside of a private vault, stored locally and encrypted.
With this single feature, Siri could grow and develop.
Apple acquired the company earlier this year, so we don’t know if iOS 11 already makes use of this technology, or if it will come in a future version of iOS and the photos app.
Siri is going to get smarter in iOS 11, and you can find out more by tuning into the special event tomorrow.
Greg Joswiak, vice president of iOS, iPad, and iPhone Marketing, and executive Alex Acero gave Wired a peek behind the curtains, and it’s interesting as can be.
iOS 1 1 will bring a Siri that is not only smarter than before, but also more human-sounding.
Facebook’s language translation is now being done entirely with neural networks, increasing the average accuracy of the system by 11%.
Siri usage is higher than Google Search app usage, but searching in Safari is higher than both.
Privacy is a feature, not an inconvenience, and Apple’s choice to make that a priority is one of Apple Music’s strengths.
Improvements to iBooks in iOS 11 I’d like to see include barcode scanning and book playlists.