MacVoices #24162: An AirTag Success Story, Google Privacy, and a Pushy Copilot

Chuck JoinerDavid GinsburgMarty JenciusJeff GametWeb Bixby, and Brian Flanigan-Arthurs take on a range of topics, from AirTag’s successful tool recovery to Google’s privacy issues and Microsoft’s AI integration. We explore the pros and cons of AI advancements, while considering privacy, job security, and the broader impact of AI in daily life. We look at the automation trend in industries like fast-food chains and supermarkets and the importance of striking a balance between AI utilization for productivity gains and preserving human judgment and values in decision-making processes. 


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Show Notes:


00:00 Introduction to MacVoices
03:16 Marty’s new 8K camera adventures
07:27 Discussion on privacy concerns with AirTags
11:35 Google privacy issues and concerns
15:12 Upcoming interview with Joe Kissel on online privacy
15:49 EU requiring Apple to allow Wallet alternatives
19:12 Exploring the implications of AI technology
22:45 Balancing the use of AI technology
25:31 Public perception and marketing of AI features
31:26 Concerns about AI replacing human judgment
35:17 The value of human judgment in AI utilization
36:35 Transition from human service to automated service in restaurants


AirTag crucial to recovery of $5 million of stolen tools in Metro DC

Google Is an Even Bigger Privacy Nightmare Than You Think

First alternative to Apple Wallet is ready to launch in EU

Copilot in Microsoft Word for Mac Will Greet You With AI Summary When You Open a Document



Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Jeff Gamet is a technology blogger, podcaster, author, and public speaker. Previously, he was The Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and the TextExpander Evangelist for Smile. He has presented at Macworld Expo, RSA Conference, several WordCamp events, along with many other conferences. You can find him on several podcasts such as The Mac Show, The Big Show, MacVoices, Mac OS Ken, This Week in iOS, and more. Jeff is easy to find on social media as @jgamet on Twitter and Instagram, jeffgamet on LinkedIn., @[email protected] on Mastodon, and on his YouTube Channel at

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected].

Dr. Marty Jencius has been an Associate Professor of Counseling at Kent State University since 2000. He has over 120 publications in books, chapters, journal articles, and others, along with 200 podcasts related to counseling, counselor education, and faculty life. His technology interest led him to develop the counseling profession ‘firsts,’ including listservs, a web-based peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Technology in Counseling, teaching and conferencing in virtual worlds as the founder of Counselor Education in Second Life, and podcast founder/producer of and Currently, he produces a podcast about counseling and life questions, the Circular Firing Squad, and digital video interviews with legacies capturing the history of the counseling field. This is also co-host of The Vision ProFiles podcast. Generally, Marty is chasing the newest tech trends, which explains his interest in A.I. for teaching, research, and productivity. Marty is an active presenter and past president of the NorthEast Ohio Apple Corp (NEOAC).



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