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Apple hired John Giannandrea to lead their Machine Learning team. Since his profile was updated on Apple's website yesterday, the regular technology news websites are writing stories about how the teams will work because ... there was a change on the website we must create content for. As usual, John Gruber chimed in with his thoughts on the "news" of the organization

This exactly what I expected after they announced the hiring of Giannandrea. It takes Siri and ML off Craig Federighi’s plate, and allows Giannandrea to report directly to Tim Cook.

Of course, this lists the three white men who lead Apple's team but, has no mention of how many people are included in the team or how this compares to the size of Amazon's or Google's teams. I'm more interested to learn if Apple is indeed taking Siri seriously by putting more brains into the project to try to make Siri better or if they are just hoping that one smart white man will be able to deligate work to the same size of team that has allowed Siri to languish as the last place voice assisstant.

From Kevin Drum's Mother Jones article We Are All Socialist Democrats Now

American liberalism is simply moving once again in the direction of Europe .This is something that conservatives have been accusing us of for decades, mostly because it’s true.

I love that the entirety of conservativism thinks that the way Europe does things is so horrible we should never emulate them even though the countires with the highest living standards are located there.

The idea that healthcare, an education, and housing are basic human rights and should be available to every person isn't a radical idea. I'm sorry but, it's not. I have a hard time understanding the arguements against these things.

+"If you can't afford a doctor then you should die."
*This s not an arguement that I am willing to consed is a valid arguement about the cost of healthcare in the United States.

+"If you can't afford $100,000 education then you shouldn't be able to learn skills that will increase your hiring potential."
*This is also an arguement I have a hard time understanding. Especially in a Free Market enviroment where an education will increase a person's value to a company.

+"You are too poor to have a dwelling."
*This is just plain stupid. Security is one of the most basic things people need and a dwelling is part of that security. The idea that if you can't afford it you should not be able to have it is violence.

I am not sure about homelessness but, I am pretty sure that most European countries have universal healthcare and access to higher education for their citizens. The fact that we are fighting about these things in America shows that the divide between people in this country is a large space to bridge. How do you try to tell someone that money shouldn't be the thing life is valued on when money is the thing they use to value their lives?

James Shelley shared an idea about silence yesterday

We are so enculturated to fear the quiet that we call it ‘dead air,’ ‘awkward silence.’ We viscerally react to the absence of noise and happily fill the void with another commercial.

I'd like to add to this a bit.

I believe the fear of quiet goes back to when people lived in the wild without shelter and is a strong defense mechanism. The wild is hardly quiet. Animals always make noise except for when a pretador is prowling and the prey doesn't want to be hunted; then the noise stops. Quiet in the wild is the trigger that something is happening and it most likely isn't good.

Now, I may be mistaken and sharing something that is factually incorrect. I hope not because I quite like the idea that absolute quiet is a trigger to our lizard brains that something is wrong and we need to be more aware of danger. Of course, this is the exact opposite of how many of us live today. We want it to be absolutely quiet when we are laying down to sleep, when we are our most vulnrerable. This change in behavior is fascinating. The idea that shelter and our modern societies are so at odds with our animal instinct is intriguing.

The sub headline for Automation Orchard is "The place to find resources to help you automate your life".

This seems like a very nice round up of apps and services around the internet that you can hook into to set up automation routines to do what the tag line says. Except for one little missing service, Android.

There is no tag or catagory for Google or Android on the site.

I would change the tub headline to something like, "
The place to find resources to help you automate your life if you use mostly Apple services".

I would like to think that this wouldn't bother me so much but, in the two sentences used to describewhat the website does, the second sentence is:

Automation Orchard is collecting content from all over the web to give you a central repository where you can find everything about automation.

If you can find everything about automation on this site then, where are the Android, Google, and Google Assisstant categories? The website quite frankly, does not have everything you can find about automation without those.

And, I understand that this is a personal project and not something that should be considered to be the entirety of automation services. But, when you use language like that in your description and sub headline and don't have any information about a pretty significant service then I think you shouldn't use language that suggests you have links and information about everything automation.

We may never know how many clients and apps Google thinks people need to message each other. According to
this story
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.