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From the surface, Google’s approach seems superior. Understanding context is all about data, and the company is collecting a lot more of it. Apple has your phone; Google has access to almost everything. Google’s approach might lack humanness, but the company will make up for that with accuracy and convenience. Apple’s approach will appeal to those for whom privacy is important. For now, that argument will resonate in parts of the United States and in most of Europe, while the rest of the planet will opt for a cheaper, more convenient, and, in the end, smarter system from Google.
~ Om Malik

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Many people today assume that computers will eventually do most things by themselves and that we should put “humans in the loop” in situations where people are still needed. But it’s probably more useful to realize that most things now are done by groups of people, and we should put computers into these groups in situations where that is helpful. In other words, we should move away from thinking about putting humans in the loop to putting computers in the group.
~ Thomas W. Malone via MIT Sloan Management Review

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German parents don’t merely not hover; they refuse to hover, on considered principle, and send the kids off to school and back, after having digested the odds of a child’s being snatched along the way and, sensibly enough, decided that it’s a safe bet they won’t be.
~ Adam Gopnik

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