The World Health Organization called it the world’s first “infodemic”. Social media has made it simple to spread fiction about the Coronavirus (or COVID-19). And when you stir up all the mud from the bottom of a pond, it’s difficult to get clean water. Especially in places where the spread of the virus is serious,… Continue reading AI Against Pandemics – How AI is Being Used to Find a Cure for COVID-19
Two things happen when an emerging technology is adopted by a major tech company. One, the market (and all of those grassroots startups) are validated. Two, the pressure to perform and swallow up users heightens. The emerging Digital Human space has just entered this moment. At CES 2020, Samsung unveiled a lofty vision for a… Continue reading My Thoughts on Samsung’s New Digital Human
There’s power in knowing what emotions people are feeling at any given time of day. Mordor Intelligence estimates that power at $92 billion over the next four years. Emotion Recognition Technology is the offspring of facial recognition and its applicability has already become quite widespread. Despite half the scientific community disputing the abilities of Emotion… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Emotion Recognition Technology
When we speak of the automation of industries, rarely (if ever at all) do we talk about the automation of entertainment. How can you automate entertainment? Like most automation, you take the humans out of the equation. With entertainment, the actors, musicians, and personalities are the product. So, you must replicate that product digitally. That’s… Continue reading Brand Avatars are Coming for Hollywood Movie Roles
Any port in a storm. All press is good press. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Humans are obsessed with metaphors. We use them constantly. I even used one in the title “set the record straight.” Honestly, who can resist a juicy opportunity to use a metaphor? The tech industry definitely cannot. For many… Continue reading Is Data Really the New Oil? Let’s Set the Record Straight
By 1970, commercial flights were about 20 years in the making and the general population was comfortable taking flight. The total number of flights that year was over 310 million worldwide. A fairly large number. Today, that number has increased to over 4.2 billion worldwide flights. And at any given time, there are more than… Continue reading Amazon, Uber, and Google All Promised Drone Deliveries. Where are they?
30 days without food. 3 days without water. 3 minutes without air. These are the upper limits of the average human consumer. We must consume to survive. It’s a rule we cannot override. But how long can we go without consuming TV? How long can we go without consuming music, conversation, new clothing, gasoline? These… Continue reading Would You Trust An Algorithm to Choose Everything You Consume?
Like many young boys and girls that grew up during Disney’s Golden Age of Animation, one boy named Ed dreamed the biggest dream possible: to work with Disney and create the enthralling cartoons he watched religiously. Eventually he reached the age where dreams start to fade and reality sets in, but he didn’t let that… Continue reading Disney’s Next Great Animators will be AI Programs
The media has manufactured a fear amongst us all that GANs – Generative Adversarial Networks – will bring the demise of democracy and civilization. (GANs are the AI behind deepfakes, in case you’re wondering). Sure GANs are a threat. But I’m adamant that they’re largely an opportunity. An opportunity for entrepreneurs. If I were starting… Continue reading How AI-Generated Images Will Displace the Stock Photo Licensing Business