Law and regulation originate in social norms, which makes Microsoft and Google correct to posit that these near-universal themes among AI principles are a good starting point for regulation. However, as we note in our paper, there’s a wide and thorny gap between being able to articulate goals for AI such as fairness, transparency, and safety, and writing rules that would govern the thousands of decisions, big and small, that result in any given technology being built and used responsibly. … [Read more...] about Google and Microsoft shouldn’t decide how technology is regulated
Many transactions still show up without being cleansed from the all-caps raw feed of a credit-card statement: “SLING TV – ENGLEWOOD, CO,” not “Sling TV.” It still miscategorizes too many transactions, like when Mint sees a ski area and a gas station with “Liberty” in their names and decides a lift ticket was a $58 tank of gas. Viewing and exporting records within a set date range—essential to tax prep—requires hand-editing a Mint URL. You still can’t merge Mint and TurboTax accounts, so every spring I endure a laborious import/export ordeal. It’s as if Mint, with 13 million-plus registered users, were a resource-constrained startup instead of a property of Intuit, the Microsoft of personal finance. But more than a decade after the firm behind TurboTax and QuickBooks (and, until 2016, Quicken) bought Mint for $170 million, neatly taking a competitor off the map, this once-groundbreaking app might as well be streaked … [Read more...] about What the hell happened to Mint?
Among the new features is a “dark mode,” similar to the one that launched on MacOS last year. Once enabled, it uses mainly black and gray colors to reduce eyestrain and conserve battery life on devices with OLED screens, such as the iPhone X and iPhone XS. Privacy was also a big theme for iOS 13. A new “Apple Sign In” feature will let users log into third-party apps without sharing personal data or their email address–it’s an alternative to existing sign-in options from Facebook and Google–and new location permissions will protect against apps that quietly collect a history of users’ whereabouts. … [Read more...] about All the Apple iOS updates announced at WWDC, from dark mode to the Health upgrade
It’s no coincidence that Apple, the most profitable technology company in the world, also maintains the most famously design-centric organization. But even traditional laggards have caught up. Microsoft was once best known for clunky hardware and “Clippy,” the anthropomorphic virtual paperclip that infuriated Office users. Now it makes software that is easy to understand and devices that are legitimately beautiful. At the time of this writing, its market capitalization is $1.2 trillion. … [Read more...] about Software ate the world. Now it’s design’s turn
Fast Company is looking for the best products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for good for its World Changing Ideas Awards, now in their fourth year. We want to honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, creative works that help drive change, and so much more. … [Read more...] about Enter Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards: Deadline extended to December 20