On The New York Times, Judith Newman looks at how Siri, the "intelligent personal assistant" found on Apple's iPhone, could become a best friend for a 13-year-old autistic boy. Siri's advantage, it appears, is not only that it "encourages polite language," but that it is a "nonjudgmental friend and teacher."
For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I’ve ever had. Admittedly, it was about different species of turtles and whether I preferred the red-eared slider to the diamond-backed terrapin. This might not have been my choice of topic, but it was back and forth, and it followed a logical trajectory. I can promise you that for most of my beautiful son’s 13 years of existence, that has not been the case.
|"They want to show the world that biohackers can make real scientific contributions."|
|“A bot stitched up a pig’s small intestines using its own vision, tools, and intelligence.”|
|Enough is Enough: Nuke the Oil Spill|
|January 17th, The Most Depressing Day of the Year is Coming: How to Cope|
|The Less You Sleep, the More Sick, Fat and Stupid You Become|
|"There needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google."|
|“Not a single personal insult was uttered by any member of the crew.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."|
|“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”|