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Cake day: June 14th, 2023

  • It just doesn’t really do anything useful from a layman point of view, besides being a TurboCyberQuantum buzzword.

    I’ve apparently got AI hardware in my tablet, but as far as I’m aware, I’ve never/mostly never actually used it, nor had much of a use for it. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of much that would make use of that kind of hardware, aside from some relatively technical software that is almost as happy running on a generic CPU. Opting for AI capabilities would be paying extra for something I’m not likely to ever make use of.

    And the actual stuff that might make use of AI is pretty much abstracted out so far as to be invisible. Maybe the autocorrecting feature on my tablet keyboard is in fact powered by the AI hardware, but from the user perspective, nothing has really changed from the old pre-AI keyboard, other than some additions that could just be a matter of getting newer, more modern hardware/software updates, instead of any specific AI magic.

  • Other companies? Companies also need things, so they would also need things to buy and sell. Buying and selling to each other doesn’t seem entirely unreasonable, particularly if the goods are non-physical. A company selling editing services for articles to a company that writes those articles for a news company who might be selling stocks to an investment company, and ad space to an ad company, etc.

    Realistically, though, that doesn’t tend to be that high a priority, or much of a long-term worry. Most of the concern these days seems to be focused more on the short-term profit more so than anything else, even if it will ultimately harm the company.

    Not that it would really matter for most, since a lot of the people who might otherwise be affected would likely be out and away by the time that that rolls around. It would barely affect them.

  • I wonder if it would actually materialise, consisting the recent case where an airline company’s AI chatbot promised a refund that didn’t exist, but were expected to uphold that promise.

    That risk of the bot offering something to the customer when the company would rather they not, might be too much.

    It seems more likely that companies will either have someone monitoring it, and ready to cut the bot off if it goes against policy, or they’ll just use a generated voice for a text interface that the client writes into, so they don’t have that risk, and can pack more customers per agent at a time in.

  • Nitpicking, but I’m not sure that it was ads that killed dash sat navs. At least in my experience, they never really developed to that point where car companies would put ads in.

    It was more that they were expensive options to install, a pain to keep updated, and generally weren’t all that good.

    Even before the live traffic and automatic detour features, phones didn’t cost money to keep the onboard maps up to date, and you already had one, so you didn’t need to either buy an add-on, or get a special unit for it.

    With android CarPlay and Apple Auto, you could just put your phone map on the screen, which was basically the same thing, but a cheaper equivalent, since the hardware was on your phone instead.

  • That’s… it? You can get knighted for being “fairly good” at your job for half a decade, and then quitting?

    Yes. Knighthood is generally up to the whims of the monarch. Although to make it there, it’s generally expected you have an achievement significant enough to be befitting of one.

    But from what I recall, there’s little stopping his majesty from conferring a knighthood onto Chief Mouser Larry for his research into the napping suitability of 10 Downing Street’s furniture, if he wanted to do that.