‘Hidden Message’ Revealed in iCloud EULA

Terms and Conditions or End User License Agreements have always carried a certain amount of mystery. Largely because of their extraordinary length and mundane context which means nobody ever reads them.

Well artist Florence Meunier has ‘revealed’ a hidden message in the EULA for Apple’s iCloud. It’s not nesscarily an ‘Easter Egg’ planted in there by Apple, it’s more of a message composed of words found in the document. The thing is though, the message is probably quite relevant to our attitudes to these agreements.

“This is the story of a man,
who one day was too busy
or maybe too lazy
that he, too quickly, 
clicked on I agree.
What the latter did not forsee,
is that he could never again disagree.
The lesson of this story is
that one shall not concede,
to something one does not read.”

That message was composed in a little booklet created by the artist, styled using CIA-style redacted text as you can see above.

See some more pictures of the booklet here.

Source: For Print Only Via: The Verge

Jaguar Working on Self-Learning Smart Car Personal Assistant

There have been a lot of talks about smart cars and their ability to make driving a lot safer suing self-driving technologies in order to eliminate human distractions and error from roads. There will even be a time where drivers can even send text messages, video call and browse the internet, but that time is still far away. Until then, Jaguar seems to have designed a piece of tech of its own for the Land Rover to make driving a lot safer, namely the Smart Assistant.

It is said that the Smart Assistant is able to identify the driver of the car based on a smartphone and learns his or her driving style and in-vehicle habits. The information is then ran through an algorithm which keeps track of background information, such as your calendar, traffic conditions and current weather, in order to predict and handle a variety of non-essential tasks. The Smart Assistant even starts before the driver enters the car, adjusting the seat, mirrors and steering wheel based on the individual’s likings.

Once the Smart Assistant learns the driver’s behavior behind the wheel, it can then handle tasks and perform small vehicle adjustments. For example, if a person calls his or her boss each morning, the Smart Assistant is said to ask you if it can initiate a call with your boss. The same goes when running late for work, having the Personal Assistant prompting if you would like to send a text message and notify about you being late.

There are a variety of activities which Jaguar’s Personal Assistant could help you behind the wheel, though the company states that the technology is currently in the works with no known release date planned. An interesting and unique feature present in the Personal Assistant’s design plans is the fact that Jaguar intends to make the tech cloud-based, meaning that if you want to rent a Jaguar when abroad on a business trip, it will still have your personal preferences available and in effect as soon as the car is available to drive.

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