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We may never know how many clients and apps Google thinks people need to message each other. According to
this story
from
Phone Arena
there's going to be at least one more. Messages on the desktop.

That gives us
+ Messages
+ Google Voice
+ Hangouts
+ Allo
+ Duo

And probably a few more I missed.

On April 3, the New York Times reported

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Many technology focused blogs picked up this news and started claiming it as proof that Apple is now taking AI seriously and working on improving Siri to the level of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. I don't doubt that Apple is working to improve Siri. In fact, I would be shocked if they were not working to improve Siri.

I have a hard time believing that one man, one executive is proof that Apple is taking A.I. more seriously than before. Mr. Giannadrea will be in charge of a team of employees and reporting to Cook so, it is not likely that he will be the one writing the code that will make Siri understand questions better. He will, most likely, not be the one updating database code to handle more queries more quickly. He will be laying down the bigger, future forward road map of the internal process of updating Siri.

I am not saying that is not an important part of improving Siri but, the idea that Mr. Giannandrea will single-handedly improve Siri is a bit of a stretch.

Time to stop looking for shortcuts and time to start insisting on a long, viable path instead.

-Seth Godin on his blog about marketing.

But, I think this applies to more than just marketing. I think it applies to pretty much everything. Quit looking for the easy way to do things that will get you there faster (goals, challenges, tasks, whatever) and start doing things in a way that might take longer but, will be more satisfying.

I need to start doing this in my life.

I need to start working on my goals with a viable path in mind instead of looking for quick fixes that only approximate what I want.

Something happened in the middle of the 1970's that changed our country forever. Stan Sorscher gives us this graph of the relationship between productivity and earnings.

There is a gigantic change in the relationship in 1974 or 1975. Mr Sorscher argues that what changed is the moral makeup of the United States. The change from the shared progress we saw after World War II where everyone rose together to the "Greed is Good" mentality of the upper income earners.

In the new moral narrative I can succeed at your expense. I will take a bigger piece of a smaller pie. Our new heroes are billionaires, hedge fund managers, and CEO’s.

This new moral value from our CEO's and corporate leaders has utterly transformed our society. When CEO's can earn 300% more than their employees there is something wrong with the value system that promotes that inequality.

I do not know how we go back to the shared progress that we had in the 1950's and 1960's. I do know that we have to do something because the disparity is unsustainable culturally.

via Catrine Fake

source Economic Opportunity Institute

Many, many, people have written about the Jony Ive interview from the Wall Street Journal. I haven't read it, I probably won't. I have read what people decided to comment about from the article.

The thing that caught my attention the most is the comments on how the work spaces were designed. Specifically, Apple going to an open office in the new building instead of closed offices in their current location.

They have mostly boiled down to people either saying it's good or bad depending on how they view open offices themselves. Of course, work spaces are not that simple for the simple fact that work spaces are filled with people. And people are complicated. Some like to interact while doing their jobs, some don't, and some can do both.

It all boils down to how the individual works. One thing is for sure: there will be an adjustment time when Apple employees move into the new building.

source