Computer programmers are some of the laziest human beings alive. Fact. I know because I am. You know because, if you’re reading this tech blog, you likely are too. But, before you tut, gasp, roll your eyes, or perform whatever exaggerated go-to-reaction you have become accustomed to when someone mentions indolent software developers, you should understand one thing: it’s not your fault.
The future of augmented reality really is here, and it’s brought to you not by tech giants Google, Microsoft, or Apple, nor by any well-established company with a firm grounding in the field, but instead by a small startup called Magic Leap. (You should really check out that link after the article - even the homepage makes you giddy).
Due to it’s incredible potential for life changing technology, Artificial Intelligence has been one of the fastest growing areas for research and development. The central goal behind AI is to create machines capable of human behavior, with the long-term goals being social intelligence, creativity, and general intelligence. It’s large interdisciplinary scope means that many professions are able to contribute to it’s evolution. Computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers play just as much a part as linguists, psychologists and philosophers in the creation of AI tools. Significant progress has been made within all areas of study, but there are concerns that these new advancements in technology are being misused.
Over the past 24 hours, it has been made clear that popular online community, Reddit, has continued it’s mission to self-destruct. The news of the recent dismissal of the highly regarded key employee, Victoria Taylor, has shaken Reddit’s foundations. Taylor, famous for her smooth coordination of popular subreddit, Ask Me Anything (IAMA), recently replied to a thread on /r/pics moments after she was given her notice stating she was ‘dazed’ by the news. Current speculation is that Reddit Management insisted Taylor was to ‘do a bunch of highly commercial things’, and that she was to integrate video interviews alongside her usual text-based medium. This didn’t sit well with Taylor as she felt it wouldn’t be beneficial to the Reddit community, and so management made their decision there and then: she had to be let go.
As Google I/O drew closer in the year, it was hard for techies not to get excited about what could be unveiled. Every year there is usually something that spurs us into a frenzy. Last year was the hugely appreciated reformed Android operating system, Lollipop (L, for short), which forced app developers to rethink the design of their existing apps. This year Google has unveiled Android M, L’s successor. This OS is still in the developer preview state, and as such has not been released to the general public. Google has decided to keep to themselves what the ‘M’ stands for, at least for the time being. I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s another way to spark discussion about the new OS by having bloggers and video producers ask their viewers the question. Free advertising. Well played, Google. Android M doesn’t quite have the oomph that Android L did. There’s no new “big feature”; just some added existing technology that other companies have had for a while, such as fingerprint scanning and a pay service. There’s no major UI changes, apart from the App Drawer; which, by the way, has been hated on by most. Overall, nothing special. Nothing to be overly thrilled with. Let’s leave Android OS aside and focus on what else Google I/O 15 had to offer.