Apple looking to 'radically improve' iPhone Maps & location services

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  • Reply 21 of 33
    desuserigndesuserign Posts: 1,316member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    If Apple is hard at work on artificial intelligence in the same way Google is, it should be no problem for them. And if you put a lot of credence behind Ray Kurzweil's projections, by the year 2046 true artificial intelligence, aka "strong AI", will come into being. He describes this event as The Singularity.



    That's very interesting. Tell me more about "The Singularity."

    ELIZA

    ?Sent from my iPhone
  • Reply 22 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
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    Originally Posted by DESuserIGN View Post


    That's very interesting. Tell me more about "The Singularity."

    ELIZA

    ?Sent from my iPhone



    You can start here:



    http://www.singularity.com/



    http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...048138,00.html (this link says 2045, not 2046)
  • Reply 23 of 33
    Oh God.... Don't drink the koolaid!
  • Reply 24 of 33
    desuserigndesuserign Posts: 1,316member
    Whoosh!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    You can start here:



    http://www.singularity.com/



    http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...048138,00.html (this link says 2045, not 2046)



  • Reply 25 of 33
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,600member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DESuserIGN View Post


    That's very interesting. Tell me more about "The Singularity."

    ELIZA



    That's great! I remember using Eliza in the 80's. That was my first experience with "artificial intelligence".
  • Reply 26 of 33
    desuserigndesuserign Posts: 1,316member
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    Originally Posted by jd_in_sb View Post


    That's great! I remember using Eliza in the 80's. That was my first experience with "artificial intelligence".



    Me too. As I imagine ELIZA, she's changed with the times.

    Now she's a hip AI grandma who does analysis on the go via her iPhone.
  • Reply 27 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DESuserIGN View Post


    Whoosh!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA



    Yep, I missed the reference. Not familiar with ELIZA.
  • Reply 28 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jd_in_sb View Post


    That's great! I remember using Eliza in the 80's. That was my first experience with "artificial intelligence".



    There are currently artificial intelligence systems in use, but no "strong AI"



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strong_AI
  • Reply 29 of 33
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    This would be by far the most welcome feature for me in iOS. I think maps app is very stale, especially compared to what Google and co have cooked up for Android. I wish the android version of maps simply made it over to iOS, but of course that will never happen. Therefore I hope apple has some good home brewed maps app ready for iOS 5 or sooner.
  • Reply 30 of 33
    I hope this means Apple is not going to try to compete with Google on maps, which Google does very well. Of course, they have to keep Google honest or Google will start wagging the dog here...
  • Reply 31 of 33
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,758member
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    Originally Posted by zoetmb View Post


    I somewhat disagree. Google has been doing maps for years (even though they license the satellite data). Mapping is not one of Apple's core competencies. But I think Apple can vastly improve on the mapping application, UI and functionality. So I think they should use Google's maps, but produce their own apps that link to the maps.



    You do realize that Apple wrote all their Apps that interact with Google services? They only use Googles data or services on the back end.
  • Reply 32 of 33
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,758member
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    Originally Posted by sheff View Post


    This would be by far the most welcome feature for me in iOS. I think maps app is very stale, especially compared to what Google and co have cooked up for Android.



    I find Waze far more useful than the Map app on Android.



    And when accuracy is paramount I use the TomTom app. With TomTom I also don't have to have a data connection - great for road trips where if for whatever reason I don't have data I still have fully functioning navigation.



    Other than being free and more importantly from Google, there doesn't seem to be much advantage to the Android maps app.
  • Reply 33 of 33
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    Originally Posted by DESuserIGN View Post


    SeaMonkey?

    I'll pass on that, even though the team itself may be very nice.



    Bah...my mistake. I meant SEADRAGON.



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seadragon_Software



    It's the software core of photosynth. Check out the demos the photosynth teams have done. They could do some *amazing* things with mobile media...resolution independent viewing is where they rule. Additionally their software can build 3D point-maps from @d images. It's something to see. It's now officially mature, dare I say *old* technology, and would work immensely well in mapping solutions...MS has used it in some key places, but Apple's campus would have been a better fit for them.
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