The Seven Deadly Sins of Predicting the Future of AI and More

One: The Seven Deadly Sins of Predicting the Future of AI

"We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. There is hysteria about how powerful they will become how quickly, and there is hysteria about what they will do to jobs.

"As I write these words on September 2nd, 2017, I note just two news stories from the last 48 hours."

Rodney Brooks


Two: Modder builds his own custom iPhone 7 that restores the headphone jack

"An iPhone 7 with a 3.5mm headphone jack is a dream device for any disgruntled Apple fans still mourning the loss of the port. Now, that dream device can be yours... if you’re willing to mod one from scratch."

The headphone jack is not something that I miss at all, but it's cool that this guy could build a working mod.

Chaim Gartenburg, The Verge


Three: Making Good Decisions as a Product Manager

"While product managers may not build the actual product, they do produce something very tangible for a team: decisions."

Brandon Chu, The Black Box of Product Management


Four: Why Talk of a $1000 iPhone is Overblown

"There’s been a lot of talk about Apple releasing a $1,000 iPhone next week, and a lot of pushback from financial analysts in particular on the idea that people would actually buy such a thing. Carolina shared some data yesterday from a recent survey about people’s attitudes towards buying a higher-priced iPhone, which showed a mixed picture at best. But the reality is that talking about a phone in these terms is a bit old-fashioned at this point regardless of the actual price, especially in a US context."

Jan Dawson, Tech.pinions


Five: Everything is Changing; So Should Antitrust

"Late last month WPP, the largest advertising group in the world, announced results and forecasts that were sharply down. Those results, though, were not what I found striking about CEO Martin Sorrell’s remarks on the group’s earnings call; after all, I argued last summer that such a decline was inevitable.

"Rather, it was striking just how feeble Sorrell’s proposed response was..."

Ben Thompson, Stratechery


Bonus: Deleted Scene from "The Force Awakens."


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