Every year, just after the latest major version of iOS goes public, something else happens deep inside Apple: In addition to any features that simply couldn't be completed in time, or had to be pushed back for any reason, along with all the new features marketing thinks are essential to keep selling iPhones and iPads, and all the features engineers are pitching as transformative or just plain awesome get put in a big pile. And then they're sorted through, prioritized, approved, and rejected, until it starts to take shape: The next major version of iOS. Rather watch than read? Hit play on the video above! And then it's second cup of coffee to the right and straight ahead to the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi on stage showing off the biggest new tentpole features, and the first developer beta. That's what's happening inside Apple right now: iOS Lucky Number 13 is being readied for its big June 3, 2019 debut and mid-September release. And thanks to Gui Rambo, we have our first major … [Read more...] about iOS 13: Features, release date, and analysis
Machine learning and deep learning
AI, or artificial intelligence, is huge right now. “Unsolvable” problems are being solved, billions of dollars are being invested, and Microsoft even hired Common to tell you how great its AI is with spoken word poetry. Yikes. As with any new technology, it can be hard to cut through the hype. I spent years doing research in robotics and UAVs and “AI,” but even I’ve had a hard time keeping up. In recent years I've spent a lot of time learning to answer even some of the most basic questions like: What are people talking about when they say AI? What’s the difference between AI, machine learning, and deep learning? What’s so great about deep learning? What kind of formerly hard problems are now easily solvable, and what’s still hard? I know I’m not alone in wondering these things. So if you’ve been wondering what the AI excitement is all about at the most basic level, it's time for a little peek behind the curtain. If … [Read more...] about The basics of modern AI—how does it work and will it destroy society this year?
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story relied on some source materials that did not meet WIRED’s standards for scientific rigor. The piece has now been modified to cite more reputable sourcing and reflect their findings. You can read an archived version of the article here. OVER THE PAST couple of weeks, I've been reading The Uninhabitable Earth. The author, David Wallace-Wells, had me from his first sentence ("It is worse, much worse, than you think"). Wallace-Wells has done us all the great favor of clearly laying out incontestable evidence for what global warming will mean to the way we live. The book's chapters focus on humanity's ability to work and survive in increasingly hot environments, climate-change-driven effects on agriculture, the striking pace of sea-level rise, increasingly "normal" natural disasters, choking pollution, and much more. It's not an easy read emotionally. But it forces the reader to look squarely in the face of the science. Wallace-Wells … [Read more...] about 5G and the Health Effects of Cell Phones
On March 5, 2019, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sat down for an interview with correspondent Scott Pelley in the Special Library at the Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C. Below is the transcript of that interview and of their conversation in the Fed's Board Room. Scott Pelley's interview with Mr. Powell aired Sunday, March 10, 2019. SCOTT PELLEY: Have you stopped raising rates? FED CHAIR JEROME POWELL: Well, that's a good question. We see the economy as in a good place. We think that the outlook is a favorable one. Inflation is muted and our policy rate we think is in an appropriate place. So what we've said is that we would be patient as we watch to see how global economic conditions evolve and how our own economy evolves. PELLEY: What does patient mean? POWELL: Patient means that we don't feel any hurry to change our interest rate policy. What's happened in the last 90 or so days is that we've seen increasing evidence of the global economy slowing down, … [Read more...] about Full 60 Minutes interview with Fed Chair Jerome Powell
INTELLIGENCE MATTERS - ADM MICHAEL ROGERS CORRESPONDENT: MICHAEL MORELLPRODUCER: OLIVIA GAZISMICHAEL MORELL:Michael, welcome to the show.MICHAEL ROGERS:Thank you.MICHAEL MORELL: It is great to have you on Intelligence Matters. MICHAEL ROGERS:It's great to be here.MICHAEL MORELL:This is the first time that you have been out of government in your entire--MICHAEL ROGERS:(LAUGH) My entire adult-- MICHAEL MORELL:--adult life.MICHAEL ROGERS:--life.MICHAEL MORELL:Right? How are you (LAUGH) finding it?MICHAEL ROGERS: Oh, it's great. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the 37 years that I spent in uniform. And I'm very grateful for the opportunity I was given. But now on the other hand, I'm energized by the idea of new opportunities, a chance for me to learn, hopefully a chance for me as well to provide value to others and to do it in a team environment just like I did in the military and in the intelligence community. So I find it very energizing.MICHAEL MORELL:What do you miss already, if … [Read more...] about Transcript: Michael Rogers talks with Michael Morell on “Intelligence Matters”