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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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2016 Data Science Report by Crowdflower

Earlier this year, we surveyed data scientists from all manner of organizations. We wanted to know what best sets them up for success, what their biggest challenges are, and where they see the discipline evolving in the next five years. We compiled it all in one handy, free report which you download right here. A […]

By Gregory Piatetsky - KD Nuggets | Apr 16th, 2016 | , , , ,

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Gray Market: Boomers are Booming

Gray Market: Boomers are Booming The Economist: “Today the developed world is in the early stages of a ‘gray-quake.’ Those over 60 constitute the fastest-growing group in the populations of rich countries, with their number set to increase by more than a third by 2030, from 164m to 222m. Older consumers are also the richest […]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Apr 14th, 2016 | , , , ,

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