Writing by Timothy Buck

Blox (iOS)

Blox (iOS)

Blox (Android)

Blox (Android)

Small Talk (iMessage)

Small Talk (iMessage)

Greenville (iMessage)

Greenville (iMessage)

The Future of Workflow, Differential Privacy and More

The Future of Workflow, Differential Privacy and More

One: The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence

"Artificial intelligence is very difficult to define for a few reasons. First, there are two types of artificial intelligence: the artificial intelligence described in that Vanity Fair article is Artificial General Intelligence, that is, a computer capable of doing anything a human can. That is in contrast to Artificial Narrow Intelligence, in which a computer does what a human can do, but only within narrow bounds. For example, specialized AI can play chess, while a different specialized AI can play Go."

by Ben Thompson, Stratechery

 

Two: For Many, The PC, Smartphone, And Tablet Waves Hit All At Once

"It’s easy to assume that since personal computers have been around for 40 years, and have been available and affordable for nearly two decades, everyone in developed markets already owns and uses one. In reality, the market of people who own PCs purely for personal use isn’t that old."

by Ben Bajarin, Fast Company

 

Three: The Future of Workflow

"...what has Apple acquired, exactly? Under Apple's control, can Workflow continue on its mission to make automation accessible for everyone? If Apple sees a future in iOS automation powered by Workflow, what else can be done with a virtually infinite budget and stronger ties to the platform? And what does this acquisition mean for Apple's commitment to pro users on iOS?

"I've been mulling over these questions for the past week. I don't have any absolute answers at this point, but, after building workflows and following the app's development for two years, I have some ideas on where Workflow can go next."

by Federico Viticci, MacStories

 

Four: Three Millennial Tech Myths Busted

"A core thesis we have about the future of technology here at Creative Strategies centers on a younger demographic. Because of that, much of our continued research on the industry leads us to do dedicated studies of the Millennial demographic to help us understand the unique function of technology from this cohort. We recently completed a study spanning hardware preferences, software behavior, collaboration techniques, communication techniques, and more specifically on the 18-24-year-old millennial segment. This group is largely still in college and about to enter the workforce with an established set of collaboration and cloud-based workflows. An essential part of our study was to understand how this demographic is using the combination of hardware, software, and cloud services to be productive."

by Ben Bajarin, Tech.pinions

 

Five: Differential privacy: What it is and why you want it

"Facebook and Google say you can't have advanced services without giving up all your data. Apple says, hold my beer!

"With iOS 10.3, Apple is hoping to start analyzing user data to improve iCloud. Typically, large internet companies like Google and Facebook want to vacuum all our data up into the cloud so they can feed their search indexes, social graphs, and artificial intelligence projects. They claim to anonymize some of it by stripping off personal identifiers but, data at sufficient volume still paints precise enough patterns that identity can be sometimes still be determined."

by Rene Ritchie, iMore

 

(Bonus) Respectful Memes

 

I want to make #FiveForFriday better every week. If you have any suggested links, think of a better way to present them or want to chat about a topic, reach out to me on Twitter—@TimothyBuckSF. I'd love to hear from you.

A History of Microsoft's Design, Apple's Clips App, and More

A History of Microsoft's Design, Apple's Clips App, and More

Why a Company Spent $100M to Revamp Their Design Culture

Why a Company Spent $100M to Revamp Their Design Culture