Will There Be An AI Productivity Boom?

  • “Many of the canonical superstar firms such as Google and Facebook employ relatively few workers compared to their market capitalization” because “their market value is based on intellectual property and a cadre of highly-skilled workers.”
  • How will AI contribute to a boom? Perhaps it will happen indirectly, a process of “trickle-down” productivity, as ordinary firms adopt the AI technologies provided by Google and Microsoft and Amazon in the cloud.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tiernanray/2019/09/26/will-there-be-an-ai-productivity-boom/#12cf88b82916

APPLE BANKING ON AI CAPABILITIES OF IPHONE’S CAMERAS TO WIN THE BATTLE WITH COMPETITORS

    • “When Apple Inc introduced its triple-camera iPhone this week, marketing chief Phil Schiller waxed on about the device’s ability to create the perfect photograph by weaving it together with eight separate exposures captured before the main shot, a feat of “computational photography mad science.”
    • A special portion of that chip called the “neural engine,” which is reserved for artificial intelligence tasks, aims to help the iPhone take better, sharper pictures in challenging lighting situations.”

    https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/apple-banking-on-ai-capabilities-of-iphones-cameras-to-win-the-battle-with-competitors-7330431.html

    Former Siri chief is leaving Apple to join Microsoft’s AI division

    Bill Stasior

    http://linkedin.com/in/billstasior

    “Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple’s Siri division, is leaving the company after nearly a decade to join Microsoft’s artificial intelligence division, reports The Information.”

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/8/19/20812981/apple-siri-bill-stasior-leaving-company-microsoft-joining-ai-cortana

    All you need to control your Mac or iOS device is your voice

    • “Accessibility has become a popular avenue for tech companies lately, and today Apple revealed its latest push: Voice Control.
    • With macOS Catalina and iOS 13, you’ll be able to control your devices completely with your voice.
    • Most importantly, the company says your voice is processed on the device. Nothing is sent to, or stored by, Apple.”

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.engadget.com/amp/2019/06/03/apple-voice-control-mac-ios/

    Apple Brings People Occlusion & Motion Capture to ARKit 3 Alongside RealityKit & RealityComposer for AR Development

    Image: Apple/WWDC

    • “Apple has unveiled the latest additions to its ARKit tookit at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference
    • will enable the camera to recognize people who are present in a scene and place virtual content behind and in front of them, while the former gives apps the ability to track moving bodies.
    • RealityKit and RealityComposer appear to be the answer to that question. By shortening the learning curve, Apple will enable a larger population of developers to begin creating their own AR experiences.
    • To demonstrate ARKit 3.0, Apple brought Mojang, the publisher of Minecraft and subsidiary of Microsoft, to show off the first live demonstration of Minecraft Earth.”

    https://next.reality.news/news/apple-brings-people-occlusion-motion-capture-arkit-3-alongside-realitykit-realitycomposer-for-ar-development-0198352/