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robots are now writing associated press quarterly earnings stories via @ap @lapresse @AInsights

robots are now writing associated press quarterly earnings stories via @ap @lapresse @AInsights | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The Associated Press announced in an advisory to customers today that the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories for our business news report will eventually be produced using automation techn...
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I learned today in LaPresse+ that Associated Press now relies on software from Automated Insight to write its financial stories on corporate earnings. Stories are, for now, human verified before release but this soon will disappear.

Also of interest is that AI provides solutions to automate redaction of texts in multiple domains, from sports to website analytics (my picture above). I initially assumed this is along the same lines as the automated writing that the weather service has been using for years. But in fact it is not, as it appears to spit out text that appears to be written by a human, not by a machine. It draws from Big Data analysis to extract meaningful information that it then writes about. The AI website provides few examples that appear very "professional".


AI now advertises a "marketing" tool that specializes in the creation of marketing material. I assume this will mean more personalized "emails" in my inbox that will go beyond greeting me by name and also merge data that is global (the lettuce is on special this week) to the very personal (you should consider buying more fruits and vegetables and to encourage you we extend a 25% discount for the next 30 days on all our fresh produce section).


Whether this is good news or bad, I'll let you decide...

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oneworldmobile's curator insight, July 24, 2014 9:12 PM

Operational efficiencies are eliminating human jobs. Where does that leave the employed of us?

Digital Transformation of Businesses
A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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Magento, hybris, IBM, Oracle Comparison April 2016

Magento, SAP hybris, IBM WebSphere Commerce, Oracle Commerce (ATG) e-commerce platform comparison including typical project, license, support, infrastructure m…
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This guy is obviously biased towards Magento but it is nice to see different solutions compared as is the case here. In particular, look at slide #9. Thank you Francois Medioni for the reference.

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Canadian Tire enhances 2016 paper catalogue via #augmentedReality

Canadian Tire enhances 2016 paper catalogue via #augmentedReality | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
La décision de Canadian Tire d’effectuer un retour au papier est saluée par Jean Rickli, conseiller principal associé au J.C. Williams Group. « Ils vont aller chercher différents types de clients. Les personnes plus âgées, moins habiles avec les applications, et les plus jeunes, qui voient t&hel
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Canadian Tire follows the likes of IKEA catalogue, real estatetechnical publication, tourist guides and other applications to extends its paper catalogue with additional information using mobile phone technologies. Not sure the IKEA project received huge success but again this was 2013 and a lot has changed in the past 3 years.

 

With virtual reality (VR) being trumpeted as the next big thing, Augmented Reality (AR) may actually provide something more useful and less intrusive - thus leading to faster and larger adoption? Microsoft hololens project sure thinks that way.

 

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http://conference.corp.at/archive/CORP2013_128.pdf 

http://www.inglobetechnologies.com/docs/whitepapers/AR_printing_whitepaper_en.pdf 

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Augmented+Reality 

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2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies

2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
What marketers need to know about the evolving marketing technology landscape. Review the infographic now to learn more about martech.
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Been tracking this technology landscape since its beginning in 2011 when it only referenced 150 companies. This remains one of the best tool to make CMOs and other executives understand that marketing is technology enabled and a leader in digital transformation in the organization.

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Da Silva's curator insight, April 27, 8:39 AM
What about Database Publishing Systems and Catalog automation in the 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape?
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Tesco unpacks automated shopping via new mobile integration via @alaincc

Tesco unpacks automated shopping via new mobile integration via @alaincc | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Supermarket chain Tesco has teamed up with mobile application IFTTT to automatically update shoppers’ virtual carts by prompting them to sign up for various triggers – such as product price changes – to add the appropriate item when the specified parameters are met.
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The future of eCommerce where your fridge automatically adds salmon to your weekly grocery basket because it has just gone on special and you are low. Sounds futuristic but really it isn't.  And much better than having to go through a catalog of product.

 

Retailers should thus emulate Tesco to make their product catalog more open and easier to connect to.

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A programming language for living cells

A programming language for living cells | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells.
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Looks like software really is everywhere. Scientists have successfully used techniques from the microelectronics industry (verilog, silicon compilers) to codify and genetically modify bacteria to detect certain conditions such as e.coli viruses. Will the future of genetic engineering become energized as much as the microelectronics industry was when silicon compilers were introduced? I assume it will.

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Filipa Alves Fonseca's curator insight, April 22, 3:30 AM
huge future possibilities
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 22, 4:39 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating look at the field of genetic engineering.  Medical applications are an obvious application of this break through technology.  Imagine designing a cell that would destroy cancer cells and stave off degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimers.
Numalis's curator insight, April 22, 7:28 AM
Biology merging with computer science would bring a brand new domain to explore. And so many questions to answer: What are the limits of such systems? How to ensure they will do what they are supposed to do properly? Could we replace all the analogic sensors by biological sensors? But more importantly how to validate these systems and turn them off if something goes wrong?
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The reality of AR/VR business models

The reality of AR/VR business models | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There is nearly as much confusion as there is excitement about augmented and virtual reality. While VR could be big and AR could be bigger (and take longer),..
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A run down on different business models to shoot for if virtual reality is in your future. Useful to help foresee where this technology may become useful in the future....

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 21, 6:12 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this introduction to AR/VR business models.  There's a lot to know as this technology changes the way businesses operate and market their products.
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Looking for Emerging Technology Trends for 2016: read the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

Looking for Emerging Technology Trends for 2016: read the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The Technology Radar is our thoughts on emerging technology trends in the industry. Read the latest here.
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I pride myself on being "techno friendly" and futuristic, an early adopter of all things technological and digital. Then I receive the ToughtWorks technology radar and realize I know none of the solutions on the radar. Then I say: time to get to work and learn about these things. And you should too.

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Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Broadly speaking, there are two main approaches to creating an ethical robot. The first is to decide on a specific ethical law (maximize happiness, for example), write a code for such a law, and create a robot that strictly follows the code. But the difficulty here is deciding on the appropriate ethical rule. Every moral law, even the seemingly simple one above, has a myriad of exceptions and counter examples. For example, should a robot maximize happiness by harvesting the organs from one man to save five?
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After the Microsoft chatbot Tay became racist and was forced to be turned off, the question of how to make robots ethical resurfaced. This article reviews why it is important for robots to be moral and ethical and what it means. 

 

With a future composed of medical robots and self-driving cars, this question will become essential and we may have to choose digital solutions based on how they react under certain edge use cases.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 18, 7:11 AM
I just don't like this idea.  Too much room for social control by faceless programmers who  assume the role of moral legislators. This program reminds me of the Harrison Ford movie "Bladerunner" and the Isaac Asimov sci-fi thriller "I, Robot." When machines and robots become sentient and can program themselves, humans may become the slaves of technology, rather than its master.  Humans may become obsolete.  Get ready for a new "dark age."  Aloha, Russ.
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Application that monitors your food pantry #IoT #DiY

Application that monitors your food pantry #IoT #DiY | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
This is the second and concluding part of the earlier post where we presented a “Internet of Things” project idea around tracking kitchen food inventory. We discussed the benefits and use cases of this application from a restaurant’s point of view and presented a gist of the the project setup and components. Now it’s time to discuss the detailed hardware, software setup and the complete functionality of the system. More...
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A very geeky weekend project that has a multitude of real-world applications in manufacturing, distribution, logistics, etc. IBm describes how they have designed and built a food pantry inventory tracking system based on internet of things tools and solutions.

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I went rogue during a demonstration of Microsoft's holographic goggles and had the time of my life

I went rogue during a demonstration of Microsoft's holographic goggles and had the time of my life | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I went hands-on with the final Microsoft HoloLens.
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Detailed explanation of augmneted reality are starting to come out.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 13, 1:27 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this intriguing look at Augmented Reality, courtesy of the Microsoft HoloLens.  I'm sure Captain Picard is smiling on board the U.S.S Emterprise somewhere in the Delta Quadrant.  Science fiction is becoming science fact.  Amazing technology with all kinds of educational, industrial, and military applications.  Aloha, Russ.
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Four fundamentals of workplace automation #mustRead #digital #disruption

Four fundamentals of workplace automation #mustRead #digital #disruption | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The bottom line is that 45 percent of work activities could be automated using already demonstrated technology. If the technologies that process and “understand” natural language were to reach the median level of human performance, an additional 13 percent of work activities in the US economy could be automated. The magnitude of automation potential reflects the speed with which advances in artificial intelligence and its variants, such as machine learning, are challenging our assumptions about what is automatable. It’s no longer the case that only routine, codifiable activities are candidates for automation and that activities requiring “tacit” knowledge or experience that is difficult to translate into task specifications are immune to automation.
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Contrary to ppopular belief, many tasks performed by high pay employees such as CEOs can be automated. MacKinsey proposes a meticulous approach to identifying which jobs can be automated in an organization. Must read for any executive looking to embrace digital it the organization beyond the mere marketing activities.

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Björn Pirrwitz's curator insight, April 11, 11:59 AM

Interesting read. Essentially higher-paid, higher value add jobs, i.e. knowledge workers, are not shielded from the disruption wave. So we should expect that the jobs of lawyers, accountants, auditors, all well-paid professionals, will soon be affected as their work will be taken over by algorithms...

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The Best Website Builders - Updated 2016 Review Guide

The Best Website Builders - Updated 2016 Review Guide | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In the last two years I've written over 50 in-depth reviews of website builders. I've put together this guide to help you choose the right one.
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Creating a website has become truly simple and easy. And a must as part of any digital transformation. This is a great reference of some of the solutions out there to help you create simple and beautiful personal, corporate or project websites.

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15 tools to onboard and engage new users

15 tools to onboard and engage new users | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Create user-friendly tours, increase customer satisfaction and reduce support costs with some of the best tools around.
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Great list of solutions to help your solutions, websites and ecommerce platforms be more customer centric.

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Marthe Toutain's curator insight, April 6, 1:15 PM
Faire des contenus user-friendly pour améliorer la satisfaction client et réduire les coûts de production de e-commerce, c'est possible grâce à ces 15 outils.
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What’s in a Content Marketing Stack? [WCM, DAM, CMP, etc] via @Gartner

What’s in a Content Marketing Stack? [WCM, DAM, CMP, etc] via @Gartner | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Marketers who have started to do content marketing typically find themselves doing topic research via myriad analytics tools, managing editorial calendars in excel, handling workflow with writers and creative via email, publishing content via separate blogs and websites and promoting it with existing, but usually disconnected marketing automation and social media tools (that’s if they aren’t doing any paid promotion). At scale, this breaks down.

Enter the Content Marketing Platform (CMP) where players like Newscred, Skyword, Kapost, Curata, Percolate (whose ambitions seem to reach beyond content marketing) and more have built tools to help marketers get a handle on the creation process. But most have stayed away from competing with either the Web Content Management (WCM) or the DAM players which are made up of a group of established names.  The most common content marketing tech stacks observed in enterprise clients (clients see Content Marketing Point Solutions Bring Agility to Web Content Management Workflows) is a combination of either:

CMP + WCM + Marketing Hub/Marketing Automation + Content Marketing Point Tools
CMP + WordPress (in addition to branded website) + Marketing Hub/Marketing Automation + Content Marketing Point Tools

Via marketingIO
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A great blog post that sheds light into the murky waters of marketing tools and solutions to manage content. Specifically, it speaks of web content management (WCM), digital asset management (DAM) and contentn marketing point (CMP) tools, amongst others.

 

Ties in great with the recent posts on marketing tools universe here http://sco.lt/6ir5EH and here http://sco.lt/8dD2WH 

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marketingIO's curator insight, April 22, 6:37 PM

Which is a subset of the marketing stack.

 

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Minecraft Architecture: What Architects Can Learn From a Video Game

Minecraft Architecture: What Architects Can Learn From a Video Game | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
“Whilst the architects of today grew up playing with LEGO, I have no doubt the next generation will have played Minecraft,” Delaney says. “People have to stop thinking of it as a game. It’s a CAD tool, and as such it is the most widely used one in the world. We’re looking forward to bridging the gaps between design and reality.”
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Games can provide a platform for more serious work than just play. Here, the minecraft game is being reviewed but so is the case for the unity 3D game engine, the market leader, has a whole category of non-games applications developed using their engine, from medical to food cooking applications

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Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart

Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
An interactive visualization of the marketing universe. With input from over 100 CMOs Growthverse represents a taxonomy of the marketing technology ecosystem.
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Amazing reference of over 800 companies that deliver solutions for marketing automation and other marketing activities.

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Forrester Report provides insight on digital transformation of the logistic technologies

In the age of the customer, merchandise availability and lead time are critical di erentiating elements
of the customer experience. Existing and new technologies provide both the threat and opportunity for retailers and brands of unprecedented availability and lead-time transparency. Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals have to help their line-of-business leaders to understand which logistics capabilities they can outsource and which are core to their brand value. For such distinctive capabilities, they must decide which types of supporting applications and which enabling technologies they should deploy to deliver the channel, local availability, and service-level lead time to support their brand promise. is report provides an overview of key logistics technologies, their level of maturity, and the opportunity they present for both users and vendors.

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Amazing review of OMS, PIM, inventory management and 20 other applications that are key to transform the digital logistics in any organization.

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FRBNY Nowcast - When US Feds use #BigData to predict the future

FRBNY Nowcast - When US Feds use #BigData to predict the future | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
What is the weather today? You don’t need to be a meteorologist to answer this question. Just take a look outside the window. Macroeconomists do not have this luxury. The first official estimate of GDP this quarter will not be published until the end of July. In fact, we don’t even know what GDP was last quarter yet! But while we wait for these crucial data, we float in a sea of information on all aspects of the economy: employment, production, sales, inventories, you name it. . . . Processing this information to figure out if it is rainy or sunny out there in the economy is the bread and butter of economists on trading desks, at central banks, and in the media. Thankfully, recent advances in computational and statistical methods have led to the development of automated real-time solutions to this challenging big data problem, with an approach commonly referred to as nowcasting. This post describes how we apply these techniques here at the New York Fed to produce the FRBNY Nowcast, and what we can learn from it. It also serves as an introduction to our Nowcasting Report, which we will update weekly on our website starting this Friday, April 15.
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Federal Reserve of the US has launched a tool that predicts the future by predicting the US gross domestic product daily. Great use of Big Data and a signal that all corporations should include financial predictions in their systems plans in the near future.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 22, 4:45 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at how the feds use Big Data to predict future business trends.  Look for major changes in how we gauge the performance of our economy.
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Facebook's 10-year roadmap is basically lasers, bots and VR

Facebook's 10-year roadmap is basically lasers, bots and VR | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
At its F8 conference today, Facebook discussed its current roadmap for the next 10 years. It's divided into three main sections: improving Facebook proper
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Facebook is moving outside the social network real to move into other fields: AI, VR, connectivity. Limited info at this time but useful as it means Facebook will become more and more essential to include in your digital plans.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 21, 6:17 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this update on the changing core of Facebook.  Facebook always tries to stay ahead of trends. In this case, look for this social media site to invest in VR, bots, and lasers.  Change happens...adjust or be left behind.
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The Quantified Baby: Ready or Not, it's here

The Quantified Baby: Ready or Not, it's here | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
New wearable technology for infants aims to help parents close the "word gap," but some early childhood experts are skeptical.
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The article lists a number of new products to measure baby data, especially the number of words they speak during the day. The objective is to encourage parents to speak to their child more and more often, as studies suggest.

 

Nonetheless, quantified self and quantified baby solutions are bound to raise a number of questions about usefullness and privacy. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning... ;-)

 

More on this here: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Quantified+Self

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 18, 7:02 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this peak at a new and somewhat scary technology.  There are important privacy issues that aren't being addressed.  This technology in the "wrong hands" could create a George Orwell "1984" scenario.  Be careful for what you wish for.  Aloha, Russ.
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#Amazon #Prime reaches 70% of upper income US households. Wow.

#Amazon #Prime reaches 70% of upper income US households. Wow. | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
More than 70% of U.S. households with incomes of $112,000 or more have Amazon Prime.
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When you make eCommerce and digital your central focus, as I do, you look for key trends to guide your strategies and roadmaps. This data is one of those key trends. It means that people find Amazon Prime to be convenient and cost effective.

 

If you are setting up for eCommerce and are struggling with delivery fees you should charge, then this should be your guide: people will pay to get "free shipping", and when they do they will spend more than twice what others will. You, as a retailer, win on both fronts.

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The Haier Road to Growth: leverage #digital and #crowdsourcing

The Haier Road to Growth: leverage #digital and #crowdsourcing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Customers always come first for this Chinese appliance maker — even as it continually reinvents itself and expands around the world.
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Haier is a Chinese consumer product manufacturer - products like air conditioners. They have taken the digital approach wherever they could for example, leveraging crowdsourcing to design new products. And it works.

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Mobile: The Universal Technology Product via @a2z

Mobile: The Universal Technology Product via @a2z | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In this update of his past presentations on Mobile Eating the World — delivered most recently at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit — a16z’s Benedict Evans takes us through how technology is universal through mobile. How mobile is not a subset of the internet anymore. And how mobile (and accompanying trends of cloud and AI) is also driving new productivity tools.

 

In fact, mobile — which encompasses everything from drones to cars — is everything.

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If anyone still doubts mobile is a revolution and is everywhere then this 76 slide presentation should convince you. For others like me, this is chock full of amazing insight and data. Make every manager and executive you know read this.

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Yes, #mobile is eating the world...
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Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong

Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo has won two of the first three games against grandmaster Lee Sedol in a Go tournament, showing the dramatic extent to which AI has improved over the years. That fateful day when machines finally become smarter than humans has never appeared closer—yet we seem no closer in grasping the implications of this epochal event.
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Hearing so much about deep learning, Big data, and artificial intelligence these days it is useful to review some of the myths and set the story straight.

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This is the difference between statistics and data science

This is the difference between statistics and data science | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
After navigating a few winding hallways at Uber HQ to find a tucked away conference room, I’m chatting with Andrew Chen about one of hi
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Every company needs a data science team with sole purpose is to explore company data to extract value.

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