Episode 603: Hallucinizations

Manton and Daniel compare notes after WWDC, reflecting on the thrill of catching up with old friends, albeit on turbo mode. Daniel takes a bow for guessing the Apple Intelligence name, and the two discuss the advantages to Apple of adopting it. They examine the “long runway” Apple has to perfect their AI offerings thanks to the cohesive structure of Apple Intelligence and their inclusion of outside services in the whole package. They compare the relative advantages that on-device, specialized models may have, versus the advantages of “world data” services like ChatGPT. Finally, they question how the AI naysayers will cope with a technology world where AI in some form is increasingly ubiquitous.

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June 15, 2024 at 7:04 pm.

Episode 602: I Think I Know Hot

It’s time for WWDC! Manton’s on the road as a heat wave hits the southwest and California. Will Apple’s AI announcements meet expectations? Will we finally get code completion? What other novel uses of AI could Apple surprise us with? Daniel and Manton talk all about WWDC, AI, the OpenAI partnership, and even what might happen with visionOS.

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June 7, 2024 at 3:37 pm.

Episode 601: Here Comes Apple

Daniel and Manton talk about Micro.blog’s audio features and the uniqueness of “audio narration” for blog posts. They discuss the value of human narration as a counterforce to AI, and how we can use overt feature differences to attract attention. Then, Daniel shares what’s new in the MarsEdit 5.2 update. Daniel describes his workflow for informing customers about updates they requested, a way to make both them and yourself feel good. Finally, Manton is about to start a road trip to WWDC, and they speculate about whether Apple will add a live component to WWDC when Apple’s competitors now have a live audience again — the competitive advantage of being human in a robotic era.

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May 31, 2024 at 3:05 pm.

Episode 600: Two Robots Talking to Each Other

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s recent blog posts about allegations that OpenAI stole Scarlett Johansson’s voice. They talk about the difficulty of arguing on facts when emotions run high, and how people on the internet might jump into any debate if it puts an “enemy” in a less horrible light. They talk specifically about whether Scarlett Johansson has a legal case against OpenAI, and about the importance of using facts when debating issues you care about and not resorting to exaggerations or falsehoods. Finally, they ask how we as technologists can lean into AI while maintaining human emotion and engagement.

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May 25, 2024 at 7:28 pm.

Episode 599: Settling All Business

Micro Camp 2024 is today! Daniel and Manton talk about Micro.blog’s online event, Jean MacDonald leaving the company, and expensive top-level domain names. Then they review the announcements this week from OpenAI and Google, and what all the AI news may mean for Apple, Siri, and WWDC 2024.

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May 17, 2024 at 2:40 pm.

Episode 598: Maybe They Just Hate Pianos

Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s latest event and the release of new iPads, Apple Pencil, and Magic Keyboard. They wonder whether iPad will ever be able to run Mac apps? They react to Apple’s new “Crush!” ad, and wonder whether they will pull it and/or apologize (spoiler: they did!). Finally, they talk about Mastodon’s new US non-profit, and Jack Dorsey leaving the board of Bluesky.

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  • Apple Event – Apple’s May 7 event announcing new iPads.
  • Dithering – Membership-only podcast by John Gruber and Ben Thompson.
  • Accidental Tech Podcast – Popular tech podcast with an Apple slant.
  • Give Us a Tablet – Manton’s 2008 post describing his desire for a Mac-based tablet.
  • Crush! – Apple’s controversial iPad Pro ad.
  • Boom Kill Cry – Adam Lisagor’s take on Apple’s ad.
  • Mastodon U.S. Non-Profit – Blog post announcing the new corporation.
  • Ghost – Another non-profit publishing platform.
  • ActivityPub – The open protocol behind Mastodon.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service, also an ActivityPub participant.
  • Bluesky – The social network that spun out of Twitter before Elon Musk could stop it …
  • Jack Dorsey Quits – The Guardian reports on Dorsey’s departure from the Bluesky board.
  • Nostr – Another decentralized social networking platform.

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May 9, 2024 at 10:05 pm.

Episode 597: More Polarized

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s further tweaks to the Core Technology Fee for the App Store in the EU. They discuss Micro.blog’s new photo features that use generative AI, giving users the option to disable AI features, and more extremist anti-AI beliefs.

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May 3, 2024 at 8:41 pm.

Episode 596: The Potential for Propaganda

Manton discusses Micro.blog downtime and issues with his database servers. How attentive to phone calls should you be in the middle of the night if you run a server? Daniel and Manton talk about learning from mistakes and instituting changes to prevent repeats of the same problem. Then, they debate whether it’s warranted for the United States to require ByteDance to sell TikTok. Finally, can you systematically prevent corruption of social or regular media?

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April 26, 2024 at 7:33 pm.

Episode 595: The River of Nerds

Manton and Daniel check in again about their WWDC plans, and appreciate the value of meeting up with people in person. They talk about the newly announced “One More Thing” conferenced slated to take place near Apple during WWDC week. Finally they talk about the debut of the AltStore as a turning point for the openness of the App Store, and revisit the potential risks of adopting Apple’s “updated business model.”

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  • WWDC 24 – Apple’s annual developer conference.
  • Release Notes 2019 – The last official event from the once-annual conference.
  • One More Thing Conference – Alternative conference taking place in Cupertino the week of WWDC.
  • River of News – Dave Winer’s 2014 blog post describing a form of RSS news reading.
  • Tweet Marker – Manton’s erstwhile social media position-syncing service.
  • AltStore PAL – New EU-based alternative App Store.
  • Delta – The game emulator by the co-developer of AltStore, available on Apple’s App Store.

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April 19, 2024 at 8:25 pm.

Episode 594: Dreams and Hopes

Manton gets his first Apple Silicon Mac. They talk about the longevity of Apple devices and the particular performance attributes of Apple Silicon. They look forward to WWDC, anticipating the possibility of attending the in-person event. They are excited about the hinted big breakthrough in AI, and imagine how Apple might employ device-local AI for a variety of useful features.

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  • Docker – Popular solution for virtualizing systems, particularly Linux ones.
  • Giddy With Mac-ness – Daniel’s 2021 appearance on Daring Fireball, celebrating the M1 MacBook Pro.
  • Only at Walmart – $699 MacBook Air on sale at Walmart.
  • Absolutely Incredible – Teaser tweet from Greg Joswiak about AI announcements coming at WWDC.
  • Socks in the Knob-Hole – Episode of Accidental Tech Podcast in which they talk about the AI teasers.
  • AI Won’t Replace Doctors – NPR show about AI and how it will be used by professionals, including doctors, to extend their capabilities.

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April 4, 2024 at 10:38 pm.