There's a good deal of buzz around hypothetical details of the upcoming TouchID replacement.
I don't have a strong opinion about the quality of the experience for unlocking my iPhone with my face. If it works, then great. If it doesn't then I'd be disappointed.1 What really gets me excited is how this aligns with three other items that Apple has actually commented on: Siri voice control, A.R., and Machine Learning.
Instead of a new way to unlock your phone, imagine all four of these technologies coalescing toward a new input model. A method of input that doesn't involve direct interaction with the screen, or screaming at a piece of glass in public, a combination of eye tracking and lip reading. I'm hopeful that we have not stopped imagining new ways to control a computer. The mouse is not the pinnacle, no more than touch is.
I think of it this way: the mouse (and finger) are the direct action of my desire and it takes a lot of effort to produce these actions.2 An input method that, through a combination of interpreting eye movements, facial expressions, and my daily patterns, translates my intent to an action seems like the ideal. Subtlety moving my lips while a machine learning model interprets those micro-expressions into actions or text on the screen may well be a future goal.
This is certainly an interesting time as our current technology catches up with our childhood fantasy. Let's not forget that a lot of those fantasies formed in the 50's and 60's and only settled into our imaginations around the same time as the pet rock. I think we can still do better.
Sam Harris has an excellent and deeply intellectual podcast. This week's episode features an interview with Professor Stuart Russell about the current and future state of A.I. and it's potential impact on society.
I've taken a very specific stand against journalism paywalls in the past. It felt like an artificial barrier that restricted access to potentially vital information. It felt like a failure of foresight in an industry that refused to acknowledge the reality that they documented every day. I was wrong ...
Kurt Vonnegut would be 94 today. His words and thought experiments shaped who I am. He made me a better person. I’m glad he kept his shit together for as long as he did.
“There is a tragic flaw in our ...
If you're like me, then you may be looking for some distractions this week that don't involve Twitter, the internet, television or even other humans. I've found solace in iBooks and the Kindle service. Hardbound and Viki for Wikipedia are also great distractions.
It's a long holiday this weekend in the U.S. Here are a couple of excellent articles about the "Moral Economy" to keep you busy during your travels and parties. What's the moral economy? Well, read them. They aren't just smart, they are well written and often ...
Coming out of the Stone Age, the chieftain and his descendants controlled the population and reproduction through a new hierarchical system of powerful elites which, much like his bloodline, continues to this day.
The gifs in the article are particularly rediculous but it's an interesting finding ...
I like Louis CK unironically. I like him for the same reasons I like George Carlin, because he makes me think, then laugh, then think some more. I think both comedians are intellectual giants. Now Louis CK has created the anti-sitcom. It's a tragic comedy minus the comedy. Horace ...
These were conincidentally back to back in my pinboard reading list.
Imposter Syndrome or Not by John Scalzi
Also also, with respect to novels and fiction, I had been a professional writer for fifteen years before my first novel was published, so I had a decade and a half (not ...
By Cord Jefferson:
"Sometimes people are mean, and sometimes things will be hard. One of your jobs is to try and make sure that that never makes you mean and hard, too."
If you’re ever interested in feeling as if you’re on the verge of losing ...
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