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iOS 10 Wish List – Photo Love Edition

The night before WWDC. Lots of predictions. Tomorrow we get answers. I’ve a short wish list that I hope gets filled. 

iCloud for Families
If 1Password can set up 1Password for Families and Teams, why not iCloud? It’s irritating that my wife and I can’t share one iCloud storage account. I’ve got more than enough space for her. But even more importantly, iCloud Photo Sharing is a poor way for us to share photos of our kids. Sharing these videos requires that we periodically airdrop bomb each other. Why? Because photo streams don’t actually put the photos on your device. She cannot create a photo stream that will sync with our main iCloud account.

screenshot of video being accessed in Photos application

screenshot of over aggressive iCloud video optimization

Photos Library Optimization Tweaks
I love that my Photos library syncs and that iCloud is smart enough to optimize my files to save on storage space. But I would really appreciate more control over when videos and photos get optimized. I often film student work and look to edit/evaluate the video on my commute home, but I am frequently frustrated to have to download video from iCloud video that was shot just a day or so earlier, even though I have plenty or space on my phone (20Gb). It’s absolutely maddening to want to check student work and be unable to because I have to download big, days-old video files over my cellular connection. if I could set parameters for how many days to keep files locally that would be nice. Another option would be the ability to mark something as ‘not for optimization,’ that would be a huge help.

It’s likely that Photos will get some love from Apple tomorrow, bringing back iPhoto features, and hopefully a tweak or two off my list. 

Shedding Light on Going Dark

If you wondered what’s the issue between Apple and the FBI over one phone,  Last Week Tonight Host John Oliver has put together this humorous, informative (and often  irreverent) primer on the issue. While it might not offer much new to those familiar with the class, it covers all of the basics and bases for those who have not followed closely (while keeping encryption entertaining for 18 minutes). 

YouTube: John Oliver tackles Encryption

What Makes Us Human, In a Word

The headline reads, “Master of Go Board Game Is Walloped by Google Computer Program,” which felt both hyperbolic and humiliating. Losing after a 3 1/2 hour game hardly equally being walloped. It’s an upset. It’s an opening round victory for Google’s AlphaGo. But the headline has stuck with me because it expresses what makes us human. “Wallop” is not an algorithmic choice. I doubt a neural net-based AI would have chosen it because the word seems an odd fit for the moment, but it captures a feeling that stretches far beyond this game.  A win wasn’t supposed to happen in Go so soon. The Go champion didn’t get walloped; we did. Our conceit that an AI future remains still off in the distance got walloped.  

But I think another exceptional aspect of this word choice is what it says about us as humans. We can compete aggressively, loaded with vitriol, or respectfully, loaded with tact. We can lose with dismissals and denials or with the dignified comments and poise. Our varied response to these stimuli uniquely defines us. We can be out run, out jumped, and now out thought, but what’s remarkable is our reaction. This experience both bothers and bedazzles us. While I’m sure you can program these responses into an AI, I don’t think such an intelligence can maintain a position holding both thoughts, like and intellectual Schrödinger’s cat. It’s this fuzzy logic that makes us human. 

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