Will Siri be your Perfect PA?

Apple's new voice-driven artificial intelligence system, Siriintegrated into the company's new iPhone—could be the biggest deployment of human-like AI the world has seen.

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Is it just hype or is Apple's new voice-driven artificial intelligence system, Siriintegrated into the company's new iPhone—a life changer? Siri is aware of locations and can remind you of things in particular places and seems as close to a general-purpose virtual assistant as anybody has come. Reviews have been very strong.

What's the Big Idea?

"It's kind of like having the unpaid intern of my dreams at my beck and call, organizing my life for me," Wired's Brian Chen wrote. "I think Siri on the iPhone is a life changer, and this is only the beginning." The difference between Siri and what came before is massive amounts of data that allowed both the construction of algorithms that decipher voice and a lot more situational awareness.

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For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.

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  • This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and things that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
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A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

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Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.

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I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.

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