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Do Smartphones Make Us Stupid?

Nicolas Carr: “Imagine combining a mailbox, a newspaper, a TV, a radio, a photo album, a public library and a boisterous party attended by everyone you know, and then compressing them all into a single, small, radiant object. That is what a smartphone represents to us. No wonder we can’t take our minds off it.” […] [...]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Oct 16th, 2017 | , , , ,

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Do Smartphones Make Us Stupid?

Nicolas Carr: “Imagine combining a mailbox, a newspaper, a TV, a radio, a photo album, a public library and a boisterous party attended by everyone you know, and then compressing them all into a single, small, radiant object. That is what a smartphone represents to us. No wonder we can’t take our minds off it.” […] [...]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Oct 11th, 2017 | , , , ,

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The da Vinci Code: Observe, Connect & Create

Walter Isaacson: “Today we live in a world that encourages specialization, whether we are students, scholars, workers or professionals. We also tend to exalt training in technology and engineering, believing that the jobs of the future will go to those who can code and build rather than those who can be creative.” “But the true […] [...]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Oct 2nd, 2017 | , , ,

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Deep Thinking: ‘Artificial’ Trumps ‘Intelligence’

  LARB: From a review of Deep Thinking, by Garry Kasparov, the chess champion defeated by Deep Blue, a machine, in 1997: “The history of computer chess is the history of artificial intelligence. After their disappointments in trying to reverse-engineer the brain, computer scientists narrowed their sights. Abandoning their pursuit of human-like intelligence, they began […] [...]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Jul 7th, 2017 | , , , ,

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IKEA Asks: Do You Speak Human?

The Verge: ‘If you put an AI in charge of your house — letting it control the lights, the alarms, the temperature, and so on — how would you want it to act? Should it be ‘autonomous and challenging’ or ‘obedient and assisting’? Would you prefer if it sounded male, female, or if it was […] [...]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | May 3rd, 2017 | , , , , , , , , ,

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Facebook Chatbots Test ‘Conversational Commerce’

The Washington Post: Mastercard “has partnered with Subway and two other major merchants to launch ‘chatbots, ’ which are robots that simulate human conversation. The Subway iteration allows you to order a custom sandwich for pickup, something of a digital version of walking down the chain’s sandwich assembly line.” Cheesecake Factory “allows shoppers to purchase […] [...]

By Tim Manners/Brand X Ventures | Apr 24th, 2017 | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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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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Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution

Are you a bright minded inventor with an idea that you think will make our day that little bit easier? Yes? Well, don’t. It sounds cruel, but unless your invention or idea will have some sort of legacy that can’t be outshone or over shadowed within the next few years then there is really no […] [...]

By MineTech | May 31st, 2016 | , , , ,

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