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Michael Moore just created a new website called "Trumpileaks," for, you guessed it, collecting leaked information about Trump administration activities. In a letter posted on the site, Moore implored, "I need one of you to help me. It might get dange…
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Apple has started taking orders for its external GPU developer’s kit for examination with macOS High Sierra, but the Apple software available to the wider user base until spring 2018, as released still has major caveats, and mandates an external monitor or VR kit for use.
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Plus, Uber hires a grownup to fix its management mess, and who or what is Poppy?
Apple yanked the headlines away from Trump, if only for a few hours on Monday morning. Here’s everything important that Tim Cook and company announced at Apple’s week-long annual developers conference, including iOS 11, a Mac OS update called High Sierra, a redesigned App Store, language translation in Siri, and yes, an Echo-like speaker called HomePod. This supercut video boils the two-and-a-half-hour event down to six minutes. [Dan Frommer / Recode]
The Trump administration is allowing officials to demand five years’ worth of social media profiles and 15 years of biographical information as part of a visa application. The rule — part of Trump’s push for “extreme vetting” — took effect as the president’s so-called travel ban remains tied up in the courts. [Conor Finnegan / ABC News]
Apple, Amazon, Google and hundreds of U.S. businesses are joining a campaign to adhere to the Paris climate agreement. Called “We Are Still In,” the effort presents the unified voices of mayors, governors, educators and investors, and comes days after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the international pact. [Tony Romm / Recode]
Barely an hour after a news organization published an article about a top secret NSA document on Russian hacking efforts, the Justice Department announced the arrest of 25-year-old goverrnment contractor Reality Leigh Winner, who a senior federal official says leaked the document. [The Intercept]
The Supreme Court will hear a major case on how authorities can gather cellphone data. At issue is how law enforcement can obtain big chunks of data about suspects’ location history. [Tony Romm / Recode]
Uber has hired Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei as a top leadership and strategy exec to fix its management mess. Kara Swisher interviewed Frei, who has focused on gender and diversity problems in the workplace, and will also have to deal with results of an internal investigation, which is about to be released. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
Lyft has struck a deal with self-driving startup, nuTonomy, which was spun out from MIT and already has pilots running in Boston and Singapore. While rival Uber is trying to build its own self-driving technology, younger Lyft has opted to focus on what it’s good at — building a network for cars. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
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While he was onstage showing off Apple’s new Echo-like speaker, the HomePod, at Monday’s WWDC keynote, Phil Schiller mentioned that you can ask the device to play music. “Play, ‘I’m Poppy,’” he commanded. So, just who is this Poppy? “Imagine anime mixed with a healthy heap of David Lynch, a dash of Ariana Grande and one stick of bubblegum.” [Lexi Pandell / Wired]
Motherboard has called Ray Kurzweil “a prophet of both techno-doom and techno-salvation.” With a little wiggle room given to the timelines the author, inventor, computer scientist, futurist, and director of engineering at Google provides, a full 86 percent of his predictions — including the fall of the Soviet Union, the growth of the internet, and the ability of computers to beat humans at chess — have come to fruition.
Kurzweil continues to share his visions for the future, and his latest prediction was made at the most recent SXSW Conference, where he claimed that the Singularity — the moment when technology becomes smarter than humans — will happen by 2045. Sixteen years prior to that, it will be just as smart as us. As he told Futurism, “2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence.”
Kurzweil’s vision of the future doesn’t stop at the Singularity. He has also predicted how technologies, such as nanobots and brain-to-computer interfaces like Elon Musk’s Neuralink or Bryan Johnson’s Kernel, will affect our bodies, leading to a possible future in which both our brains and our entire beings are mechanized.
This process could start with science fiction-level leaps in virtual reality (VR) technology. He predicts VR will advance so much that physical workplaces will become a thing of the past. Within a few decades, our commutes could just become a matter of strapping on a headset.
As Inverse points out, this paradigm shift could have some interesting consequences. Without the need for people to live close to work, we could see unprecedented levels of deurbanization. People will no longer need to flock to large cities for work or be tethered to a specific location. Inverse suggests that this decentralization may decrease the opportunity for terrorist attacks. Blockchain technology will continue to bolster decentralization as well.
According to Kurzweil, technology will not only enable us to rethink the modern workplace, it will also give us the ability to replace our biology with more substantial hardware. He predicts that by the early 2030s, we will be able to copy human consciousness onto an electronic medium.
As Inverse puts it, “That means no more flesh, blood, or bones — just a scan of your brain on a machine — and [it] will enable humans to take any form, from a box to a bird.” The even bigger implication of this ability is that humans will no longer die. As our brains will no longer be reliant on fragile biology, we could (theoretically) live forever.
Not all of Kurzweil’s predictions are so drastic, and some seem even more likely to come to fruition. For example, his prediction of truly ubiquitous WiFi is well on its way to becoming reality, especially with Elon Musk’s announcement that he hopes to beam the internet across the globe from space, and his belief that many of the diseases currently plaguing humanity will be eradicated by the 2020s also seems remarkably possible given ever more frequent medical breakthroughs.
Kurzweil envisions a future that is exciting, daunting, and a little bit terrifying all at once. Time will tell if his impressive batting average will improve or if the future has other plans for humanity.
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