Fortune Brainstorm A.I.: Apple navigates data privacy, innovations in artificial intelligence

Apple is not new to the artificial intelligence hype train that has consumed Silicon Valley.

The multi-trillion dollar company adopted the neural engine chip in its iPhone X in 2017, specifically to enable quick face recognition for the Face ID authentication feature, and launched one of the first A.I.-powered virtual assistants with Siri in 2011.

While Apple has lagged behind its Big Tech counterparts because A.I. can be at odds with the company’s mission for data privacy, it’s pushing forward with these ambitions methodically to ensure the best of both worlds, according to Apple’s director of A.I. and M.L. engineering Yael Garten.

“We put a lot of focus and thought and energy into how we can create great machine learning-based products that are also privacy-preserving,” Garten said at Fortune‘s Brainstorm A.I. conference in San Francisco on Monday.

The tech giant has created a number of innovative products using A.I., such as the “Hey Siri” voice recognition feature and Apple Watch’s sleep tracking function. Garten told the audience that products like these come from the company’s obsession with the end-user experience. As The Verge once put it, Apple’s A.I. plan is “a thousand small conveniences.”

“I personally don’t think that A.I. and machine learning is the solution to every problem,” Garten said. “So I do really think it comes back to the core of asking what is the business problem I’m trying to solve.”

Due to the overwhelming amount of fanfare surrounding A.I., technologists have to scrutinize what the best use cases are. A company doesn’t have to power every product they release with A.I., but there’s a lot of ways to be incredibly innovative if it’s used methodically. So it’s really important to focus on what is it that you’re trying to deliver and identify, Garten said.

“Is there a simpler solution? Or it’s actually the right time and space for you to go and invest in a machine learning-based approach or artificial intelligence-based approach?” Garten said. “So really thinking through that construct is something that helps set it up for success.”

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President Alvi hopes COAS will reduce trust deficit among institutions


Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir called on President Dr Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on November 24, 2022. — Twitter/@PresOfPakistan
Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir called on President Dr Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on November 24, 2022. — Twitter/@PresOfPakistan
  • President Alvi says military committed to steer clear of politics.
  • Dr Alvi maintains COAS’s appointment done on merit.
  • “Based on his own experience”: President on Khan’s comment about Gen Bajwa

President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday hoped that newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir would help reduce the trust deficit among institutions, saying the military leadership is committed to steer clear of politics.

In an interview with a private news channel, President Alvi praised the army chief and his viewpoints. “The matter [appointment of army chief] has been settled nicely for the next three years,” he said, maintaining that the COAS appointment was done on merit.

Commenting on his meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan ahead of the crucial military appointment, the president said that the former prime minister was informed about being consulted after the summary is received, therefore, he added that the consultations were held accordingly.

The president, however, said that he should avoid commenting on the army chief’s appointment as this is the right of parliament.

Gen Munir was handed over the command of the military by General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa in a ceremony held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on November 29.

‘Double-game’ 

Regarding Imran Khan’s remarks on former chief of army staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, President Alvi said: “Khan’s comments on ex-COAS Gen Bajwa’s double-game would be based on his own experience.”

Last week, for the first time since spending three-and-a-half years with ex-army chief Gen Bajwa, the PTI chief said: “Giving an extension to him [Gen Bajwa] was my biggest mistake.”

“I would trust whatever General Bajwa said. I would tell him that both of us are [thinking about] the country; our purpose is one — to save the country,” Khan had said.

The former prime minister added that he didn’t know how he was being lied to and betrayed.

‘Dar tried to make things better’

Shedding light on the ongoing debate between the PTI and the coalition government, the president said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has the talent to reconcile things.

“During the PTI’s sit-in [back in 2014] Dar tried to make things better,” he said, revealing that during his meeting with the financial czar today he was apprised about the economic situation.

Earlier, sources told Geo News that Dar has sought President Alvi’s help in winning over the PTI for the implementation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.

The sources also said that the finance minister requested the president for the PTI’s cooperation in bringing political stability to the country and the implementation of Pakistan’s agreement with the IMF.

Meanwhile, President Alvi reiterated Dar’s stance that Pakistan will not default. “I gave a proposal to Dar regarding energy conservation. Markets should be closed earlier in order to save three-four thousand megawatts of electricity.”

Dissolution of assemblies

The coalition government and the PTI should sit down and hold talks about the general elections, the president added.

Earlier today, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Imran Khan has decided to dissolve Punjab and KP assemblies within the next few days.

Qureshi revealed that the PTI wants to form new governments in the two provinces before Ramadan.

As per reports, the incumbent government and the opposition have been holding talks regarding the date of general elections as the PTI has been constantly piling up pressure on the government to conduct snap polls.



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China scolds UK for failing to fulfill ‘international obligation’ — RT World News

Beijing has called for British officials to reverse a ruling that’s blocking the construction of a huge new embassy in London

China’s Foreign Ministry has accused UK officials of shirking their diplomatic obligations by blocking Beijing’s plan to build a massive new embassy near Tower Bridge in London.

“It should be pointed out that host countries have the international obligation to facilitate and support the building of premises of diplomatic missions,” a ministry spokesman said on Wednesday in a statement. “The Chinese side urges the UK side to fulfill its relevant obligation.”

At issue is last week’s unanimous ruling by the Tower Hamlets council to refuse permission for China to build a “super embassy” on the site of the former Royal Mint. The Chinese government reportedly bought the 700,000-square-foot plot for £255 million in 2018 and plans to build a new embassy that would be 10 times the size of its current facility near Paddington.

“To improve the working and living conditions of the diplomatic personnel at the Chinese embassy in the UK, the Chinese side purchased the new embassy premises in the London borough of Tower Hamlets,” the foreign ministry said. “This has been conducted in line with international norms and received consent from the UK side. The planning application for the new embassy premises has been carried out on the basis of local laws and regulations, which includes thorough technical analyses on security and other issues.”

The local council rejected the plan, despite a recommendation for approval from advisers, at least partly on security concerns. The decision also came in the same week that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the “golden era” of UK-China relations had ended, as well as at a time when Beijing was beset by its worst civil unrest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

UK lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith accused Chinese officials of being ignorant of the “democratic planning process” and said Sunak’s administration can’t simply throw out the council’s rejection of the embassy plan. “I personally hope the refusal is upheld,” Smith told The Telegraph. “The thing is wrong in so many ways. It’s a security risk, and it’s within spitting distance of Whitehall.”

However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and UK Housing Secretary Michael Gove have the power to intervene in the case. Such a move would trigger a public inquiry, which could drag on for more than a year.

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‘Not prepared to subject my family to further trauma’: David Warner slams the captaincy ban review panel

Australian opener David Warner has come down hard at the legal counsel, who was assisting the independent committee in reviewing his lifetime captaincy ban, saying that the comments made by them were offensive and unhelpful.

Warner has issued a five-page-long explosive statement against the review panel with the title “My family is more important to me than cricket.” He has clearly mentioned that the review panel acted opposite to Cricket Australia’s findings and want to conduct a public spectacle out of him at the expense of his family.

Announcing his decision to withdraw his application to challenge the lifetime captaincy ban, Warner took to Instagram and wrote: “Over the course of the past nearly five years since the events that occurred during the Third Test in Cape Town, even with all the humiliation and attacks that they have had to endure, I have enjoyed the unwavering support and love of my wife Candice and my three daughters, Ivy Mae, Indi Rae, and Isla Rose. They are my world.

“Since that Test and even though my ban from leadership roles may never be lifted, I have taken it upon myself to reform, to rehabilitate and to transform my approach to the game.

“I have served and been subject to a crushing, unprecedented, penalty that has horribly impacted me and my family for the past nearly five years – without the prospect of any relief until now.

“I held the hope and was encouraged that I would be given a proper opportunity to demonstrate to the review panel that I have demonstrated ?my deep regret and remorse, and that my rehabilitation and transformation are profound.

“I hoped I would be given the opportunity, under the established practice and procedure of the code of conduct that is reflected in the amendments, to demonstrate that I have satisfied the necessary requirements for a modification to my ban and that I might be permitted to see out the balance of my career without the yoke hanging around my neck and further anguish for my family.”

Warner also stated that he does not want his family to be the “washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry”. He does not want his family and teammates to go through all the trauma again and hence has made the decision to withdraw.

“Despite my opposition and that of Cricket Australia, on Tuesday last week Counsel Assisting the Review Panel and the Review Panel took it upon themselves to concoct an irregular procedure (overturning presumptions and previous practice) for the determination of my application and establish a novel approach that would negatively impact the health and welfare of my family and the interests of the Australian cricket team.

“In his submissions, Counsel Assisting made offensive and unhelpful comments about me that had absolutely no substantive purpose under the Code of Conduct. Regrettably, the Review Panel acted contrary to the submissions of Cricket Australia and my lawyer and appeared to adopt virtually entirely the position of Counsel Assisting.

“In effect, Counsel Assisting, and, it appears, to some extent the Review Panel, want to conduct a public trial of me and what occurred during the Third Test at Newlands. They want to conduct a public spectacle to, in the Panel’s words, have a ‘cleansing’. I am not prepared for my family to be the washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry.

“Counsel Assisting and the review panel appeared to be determined to revisit the events of March 2018 and the review panel appears determined to expose me and my family to further humiliation and harm by conducting a media circus.

“It appears the panel has given no more than passing consideration to issues of player welfare and the interests of Australian cricket and is instead determined to conduct a public lynching.”

“Regrettably, I have no practical alternative at this point of time but to withdraw my application. I am not prepared to subject my family or my teammates to further trauma and disruption by accepting a departure from the way in which my application should be dealt with pursuant to Code of Conduct.

“Some things are more important than cricket,” the southpaw added.

Currently, Warner is playing the two-match Test series against West Indies. While Australia won the first game comprehensively, the left-handed batter scored 5 runs in the first innings and 48 in the second.



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Coinbase CEO says trading revenue has fallen to ‘roughly half’ what it was last year

The CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, has revealed that the exchange’s trading revenue has declined by approximately 50% or more when compared to last year, according to a Dec. 7 report from Bloomberg.

Armstrong made the statement as part of an interview with the David Rubenstein Show. When asked about the exchange’s revenue, he stated that the company did $7 billion in revenue and $4 billion in earnings in 2021, but “it’s looking, you know, about roughly half that or less” in 2022.

Bloomberg said that a spokesperson for Coinbase later clarified that 2022 revenue, not earnings, was projected to be less than half what it was in 2021.

Coinbase had previously stated in a letter to investors that it expected to post a roughly $500 million loss in adjusted EBITDA for 2022. Adjusted EBITDA is an earnings metric that doesn’t include interest, taxes, depreciation or amortization.

In the interview, Armstrong was asked if he thinks the FTX bankruptcy will hurt the crypto industry. He admitted that it is “a bit of a black mark for the industry” but argued that what happened is not very different from traditional financial scandals like Bernie Madoff and Enron.

Armstrong also said that he thought regulation “won’t be a bad thing” and that the FTX collapse would “serve as a wakeup call” that would lead to clearer regulations in the U.S.

When asked about which regulatory body should have authority over crypto exchanges, the Coinbase CEO emphasized that different cryptocurrencies have different use cases, and they don’t all fall into a single category, so different cryptocurrencies will have to be regulated by different agencies.

2022 has been a tough year for crypto exchanges, including Coinbase. In May, the TerraUSD (TUSD) stablecoin lost its peg to the U.S. dollar, causing fear to spread through the market. In July, crypto lender Celsius filed for bankruptcy after being unable to process withdrawals partially due to the fallout from the TUSD collapse.

Related: Crypto will be regulated as securities — ICE boss and Senator Warren

Just as the crypto market was beginning to recover, the second-largest centralized crypto exchange, FTX, had a liquidity crisis and was unable to process withdrawals. It later began bankruptcy proceedings as well.

As a result of these events and other factors, crypto trading activity has plunged over the course of the year, and Coinbase has reported a 44% decline in revenue in the third quarter alone.



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Top 10 food dishes Pakistanis searched online in 2022


A worker is preparing traditional food “Chicken Karahi” at Burns road street food in Karachi. — Online/File
A worker is preparing traditional food “Chicken Karahi” at Burns road street food in Karachi. — Online/File

For generations, the love for food has been deeply rooted in Pakistanis culture. From pulao to imli ki chutney, Pakistanis take their food very seriously.

Google on Wednesday released its Year in Search report which summarises the biggest developments in Pakistan for 2022.

The searches showed that Pakistanis have had a wide range of interests during the course of the year, with a focus on politics, well-known figures, governmental projects, current events, entertainment, technology and of course food.

People in Pakistan celebrated all significant holidays in 2022 with ease despite COVID-19 limitations and used Google to look out for contemporary recipes and a variety of culinary items.

Pakistan’s passion for food was reflected in the search categories, with desi cuisine dominating the rankings.

It is true that some people eat to live, but when it comes to Pakistanis, they not only live to eat, but they also keep a close eye on quick and easy recipes which fulfil their cravings.

Pakistan’s interest in food is known to the world. Those who visit the country end up loving the food. This is because most houses in Pakistan are focused on preparing scrumptious meals. Many in the country rush to the internet to find the best recipes for different dishes.

Following are the top 10 trending food and cuisine for this year:

  • Chicken recipe
  • Pulao recipe
  • Shami kabab recipe
  • Chicken soup recipe
  • Nuggets recipe
  • Chicken pakora recipe
  • White chicken recipe
  • Imli ki chutney recipe
  • Brownies recipe
  • Hot and sour soup recipe 



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A new series from UN Podcasts — Global Issues

Tendayi Achiume, an independent UN human rights expert, who monitors racism and related intolerance, worries that in recent years there has been an “unleashing” of formerly marginal kinds of discourse.  from anti-Semitism, to anti-black racism, and Islamophobia.

“Divisions and problems at a global and planetary level are all interconnected, and we may not have the kind of time that previous generations had to work these things out before our systems actually drown us,” she warns.

Ms. Achiume is one of the many experts we will hear from in the first, eight-part season of UNiting Against Hate, the latest series from UN Podcasts, which launches on Wednesday, 7 December.

Marginalized minorities are often the easy targets of hate speech: in exploring this we hear from Yashica Dutt, author of the book ‘Coming Out as Dalit’, who talks about the extreme online abuse she was subjected to, when she revealed that she was from the lowest stratum of castes in India, pejoratively described as “untouchables”, who still face prejudice and abuse in the country.

A problem that’s hard to define

The difficulties of pinning down a singular definition of hate speech and the problems of regulating it, while maintaining the right to freedom of expression are also discussed. Journalist Martina Mlinarevic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Czech Republic, describes the threats and insults she received online, for writing about politics and gender issues in her country.

“I had to move with a small child to another city due to threats and cyber bullying. That was the toughest and saddest part for me fleeing my hometown, where I lived for 37 years” says Mlinarevic.

But there are also many positive stories to share in this podcast, which highlights the work of organizations countering hate speech, online and offline. There are no easy answers, but the series raises many questions which, hopefully, will play a part in a discussion that has important ramifications for all societies.

You can find UNiting Against Hate on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyCastboxSoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts.



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Blake Shelton decides to leave ‘The Voice’ because of Gwen Stefani and her kids


Blake Shelton discloses the reason he chose to exit from The Voice season 23.

In a cover story with People, publishing on December 9, Blake Shelton revealed that he wills to spend more time with his third wife Gwen Stefani, and his three stepsons.

“‘If I walked away from my career at this time, the only thing that I run the risk of is having regrets that I’m missing out on some more important things in life. This isn’t about me anymore and never will be again.” Shelton told the magazine.

He further shared “I’ve made plenty of money, but you can’t buy time back. So that’s what I want to invest in now. For now, that’s our kids. Even though I’m a stepparent, I take that job very serious. And the kids don’t see me as anything but this very important person in their life. “Why isn’t Blake here?” I take that stuff to heart.”

The 46-year-old country singer also said, “Each kid has something different to teach. I think they’ve taught me something about myself. I’m more than just a country singer and a goofy guy.”

He added, “I’m someone they actually lean on and that’s not a responsibility that I ever had and not something that I ever considered being into. It’s just a different self worth. Maybe it’s the opposite of self worth.”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani co-judged at singing reality series The Voice and started dating in the summer of 2015 after their prior relationships ended. The couple tied the knot in 2021 and released four duets together.



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