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Dataism: The Next Religion?

  Financial Times: “Just as divine authority was legitimised by religious mythologies, and human authority was legitimised by humanist ideologies, so high-tech gurus and Silicon Valley prophets are creating a new universal narrative that legitimises the authority of algorithms and Big Data. This novel creed may be called “Dataism”. In its extreme form, proponents of […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Aug 30th, 2016 | , , ,

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Services: The Killer App of Smart ‘Things’

Christopher Mims: “The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services … When internet-connected devices are considered a service, consumers don’t have to worry about integrating gadgets. Focusing on services also helps vendors clarify their offerings … In the case of Brita, the service is filtered water. For alarm […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Aug 23rd, 2016 | ,

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The ‘Give’ Registry Embraces Survivors

Slate: “The Give Registry is a brilliant new gift registry and ad campaign from Australian department store chain Myer and agency Clemenger BBDO Melbourne that uses the model of a wedding gift registry to provide linens, cookware, dishes, and other household basics to domestic violence survivors.”   The post The ‘Give’ Registry Embraces Survivors appeared […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Aug 17th, 2016 | , , ,

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Disney Technology Tracks Guest Footprints

Orlando Sentinel: “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued Walt Disney Co. a patent for a new type of technology: A system that can track theme-park guests through their feet. The company says that there are no immediate plans to use such a system. This project is part of Disney’s ongoing innovative research process, […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Aug 3rd, 2016 | , ,

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The Bestseller Code: Algorithmic Hits

  The Bookseller: “Jodie Archer, a former publisher and consultant, and Matthew Jockers, co-founder of Stanford University’s Literary Lab, have built an algorithm aimed at proving that mega-hits are predictable. The system, which analyses theme, plot, style and character to predict whether a manuscript will be a bestseller, has looked at 20,000 novels using “cutting-edge […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Jul 6th, 2016 | , , ,

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Binge-Watching: A Key to Artificial Intelligence

National Post: “MIT says a computer that binge-watched YouTube videos and TV shows such as The Office, Big Bang Theory and Desperate Housewives learned how to predict whether the actors were about to hug, kiss, shake hands or slap high fives — advances that eventually could help the next generation of artificial intelligence function less […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Jun 30th, 2016 | ,

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Cannes Job: The Facebook (Data) Invasion

The New York Times: “Google and Facebook have upended the old order by taking ownership of the new one, claiming nearly two-thirds of the $60 billion online advertising market last year and on course to take more this year … Therefore, the word of the week in Cannes was ‘duopoly’.” “While Google has usually been […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Jun 28th, 2016 | , , , ,

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Mind Games: A Clear Head is Key to Creativity

Moshe Bar, writing in The New York Times: “In a study published in this month’s Psychological Science, the graduate student Shira Baror and I demonstrate that the capacity for original and creative thinking is markedly stymied by stray thoughts, obsessive ruminations and other forms of ‘mental load’ … the mind’s natural tendency is to explore and […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Jun 21st, 2016 | ,

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Quote of the Day: Gary King

“Big data is not actually about the data. The revolution is not that there’s more data available. The revolution is that we know what to do with it now. That’s really the amazing thing.” – Gary King, professor and director of Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, quoted in The Washington Post.

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | May 23rd, 2016 |

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How Bing Predicts is Forecasting Everything From Sports to Political Outcomes

Walter Sun sees the future in machine learning. Read how his passion project, Bing Predicts, is forecasting everything from sports to political outcomes. MARCH 21, 2016 BY TRACY ITH Originally published on Microsoft JobsBlog At first, it sounded like a disaster. Walter Sun, whose job was to make sure Bing gave users the most up-to-the-minute […]

By Tracy Ith | May 13th, 2016 | , , ,

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Designing Virtual Assistants: Poetry in Automation

The Washington Post: “As tech behemoths and a wave of start-ups double down on virtual assistants that can chat with human beings, writing for AI is becoming a hot job in Silicon Valley. Behind Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are not just software engineers. Increasingly, there are poets, comedians, fiction writers, and other […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | May 3rd, 2016 | , , , , , , ,

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Luxury Today: Big Data & The Rising Velvet Rope

The New York Times: “Today, ever greater resources are being invested in winning market share at the very top of the pyramid, sometimes at the cost of diminished service for the rest of the public. While middle-class incomes are stagnating, the period since the end of the Great Recession has been a boom time for […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Apr 27th, 2016 | , ,

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Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named XiaoIce (pronounced Shao-ice). The journalist, Liu Jun, conducted the interview online, through the popular social networking platform Weibo. It was wide-ranging and personal: LJ: So many people make fun of you and insult you, why […]

By Yongdong Wang | Apr 25th, 2016 | , , ,

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The True Cost of Good Content

Jesse Weaver:  “We want our web and we want it for free. However, the inconvenient truth is that there is a cost to doing business and at some point companies have to make money …. And so we sacrifice the magic. We devalue content and products by refusing to pay for the work it takes […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Apr 22nd, 2016 | , ,

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Conversation Commerce: Meet The Chatbots

The Washington Post: “While a Web browser might once have been our front door to the Internet and apps often play that role today, experts say that bots could soon become our primary digital gateway … The case for a bot-centric future goes like this: Smartphone users have proved they are only willing to download […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Apr 19th, 2016 | , , ,

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