Share: Ex-Google Engineers Working On New ‘VaultOS’ For Banking

Overdue idea, wish we knew who was funding this work: [Mark Warrick, director of creative and design at Thought Machine], who has worked as a software engineer at Deutsche Bank and RBS, said: “Banks can’t deliver to their customers the innovations that you’re seeing in other sectors simply because their fundamental core systems are not… Read More »

Share: New EU Law Aim To Hinder AIs Learning About People

According to this Oxford paper, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation law set to take effect in 2018 will outlaw machine learning, hindering AIs’ ability to make decisions about people based on collected information. From Cade Metz’s coverage on With a few paragraphs buried in the measure’s reams of bureaucrat-speak, the GDPR also… Read More »

Share: Pew Research Center State of the News Media 2016

Key trends: Cable TV news up 8%, network TV flat, local TV down 2% to 5%, newpapers down 7%. Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences… Read More »

Share: Local TV News Fact Sheet

Some top line highlights: Audience: Viewership data collected by Nielsen Media Research shows that in 2015 network affiliate news stations (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) lost viewership in every key timeslot – morning, early evening and late night. Economics: Local TV station revenue typically follows a cyclical pattern of increasing in election years and decreasing in… Read More »

Share: Tribune Turns To AI Lead As Online Video Editor?

So the formerly-named Tribune Publishing (now called tronc) aims to publish 2,000 videos a day created through artificial intelligence. (Update 6/20/2016) “There’s all these really new, fun features we’re going to be able to do with artificial intelligence and content to make videos faster,” (tronc chairman Michael Ferro) told interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin. “Right now,… Read More »

Share: Publishers Give Mixed Reviews So Far To Google AMP

It’s been three months since Google launched Accelerated Mobile Pages, its fast-loading article pages initiative, and publishers are giving mixed it reviews. Pages are loading faster, but some are seeing little traffic benefit. “I would love to see more widespread adoption,” said Slate vice chairman Dan Check. That may be because AMP has been rolling… Read More »

Share: Imaginary Worlds Podcast: The Robot Uprising

I met Eric Molinsky of the great Imaginary Worlds podcast at a Brooklyn gaming store this week. In his most recent episode about “The Robot Uprising,” his interview guests touch on the “slaves who turn against their masters” idea as carrying particular triggers for Americans due to centuries of legal human chattel slavery and its… Read More »

Share: Moral Responsibility Of AI?

Interesting read on the moral responsibility and liability of our future autonomous machines and AIs… How can you punish a bot though? It probably feels no pain or disappointment, it doesn’t mind being locked up or even switched off and destroyed. There does seem to be a strange gap if we have an entity which… Read More »

Share: Four AI Experts Debate The Singularity

Am I the only one who found the comment at 2:01 about “well, historically humans have killed more people than machines” a bit troubling giving that we’re designing our future machine overlords in our image? Yoshua Bengio, Demis Hassabis (Google DeepMind), Neil Lawrence, Yann LeCun (Facebook), Kevin Murphy, and Jürgen Schmidhuber discuss whether or not… Read More »