El Reg actually got an invite to an Apple event? Pull the other one!
Ow, no, not that one, it's cybernetic and it's supposed to be learning...
While touting forthcoming operating system features at its annual developer conference on Monday, Apple made sure to mention machine learning and related AI-oriented terminology over and over. Kevin Lynch, technology veep, talked about Siri, Apple's personal assistant software, becoming more proactive and more aware of watchOS …
1. How many times did they say those words?
2. What were you drinking? (This makes a HUGE difference in the final results of how much alcohol consumed.)
3. Did anyone bother to hold up the cardboard sign on a stick that read "BULLSHIT!" every time they said it?
<Inserts a giant, neon, fifty meter tall, blinking sarcasm tag so nobody can claim otherwise>
Why in the world are so many jumping on the "machine learning" buzz wagon? It's called "collecting and processing data." The only difference is that now we have YUGE piles of data, and if we apply a neural network, then we have no idea how the machine came up with the answer in the first place.
1. Collect big pile of data.
2. Use neural network to process data.
3. Tweak network so that results turn out "right", i.e. convenient.
4. Profit! *
* For a while, and for a few. At some point in the future, the will be a huge pile of crap to clear away, but who cares?
They beat the competition because they can draw on the computing power of a huge (fixed) data centre to do the tricky stuff (which included walking and voice recognition IIRC).
The robots politely (but firmly) restrain humans from any risky or hazardous activities.
The human race is now trapped by its own creations in a permanent open prison of its own making.
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