"If it smells like funk it must be us..." I wonder how well the will.i.am mask would work on BEP songs?
Of course, his ventures are no stranger to working on out there stuff. He had high end voice speakers and an AI offering for customer service. The former's design was trend setting. It reminded me a but of the $1M diamond encrusted face mask or Bane's.
I remember Facebook's dating app being compared to a Black Mirror episode or the film The Lobster. Why do we find it creepy? It's not creepier than Tindr or other players in the space (except the amount of data they have, especially web history).
Thanks for these interesting articles!
The exercise of quantifying value creation in dollars, especially if done on an annual basis, is more of a vanity metric. Value has been created but the value realized might not come until some time later.
AWS can serve as an example. How much have services like EC2 and Lambdas helped companies grow? Billions if not trillions of dollars worth of services are deployed as a result of these services being available.
Amazon has also innovates in hundreds of areas every year and the value might not be realized for some time. Confining value creation to just how much was doled out or to the increase in market valuation is narrow focused.
Jeff might have sold himself and Amazon shorter through this exercise.
Showing up first definitely doesn't mean maintaining first for any period of time.
With our startup, we pivoted a few times but the first time was after someone else had launched a similar product and we had lost our first mover advantage. With crowdfunding, getting in on the first of something is an incentive to back and project and we felt we had lost out. However, shortly after that project had launched - a WiFi plug - Belkin launched their flagship product, the WeMo, that completely crushed them. They went down in flames.
We then launched something new entirely that…
The biggest issue to overcome is to educate the public that AI is just a set of tools. These tools can be used to be very effective and helpful, they can be used incorrectly, or they can be used nefariously.
Science fiction equates AI with evil or super-powered personal assistant like technologies and the imagination ultimately goes to a being that wants to destroy humanity. …
This is incredibly important work. Being able to apply SSML automatically based on context will help close the gap with speech synthesis. While the tools are in place, you found the biggest issue - applying SSML to make spoken text sound realistic is a lot of manual effort.
It was also great that you noted another challenge. If you blanket apply SSML based on some rules around detected sentiment, you'll end up with a jarring experience. Narrated books don't jump from happy to sad.
As a next step in this evolution, it would be great to have human taggers listen…
It’s been interesting to see how technology has advanced in some areas of life but remained so far above in others. When I see this, I’m reminded of the book Revolutionary Wealth by Alvin and Heidi Toffler where they go through different elements of society that can move quickly or slowly with technological advances.
Politics, the legal system, education systems — all of these move slowly in relation to other parts of society like commerce and trade. In countries with less built up institutions, while they lack the precedence to quickly move past roadblocks of problems, they also have less…
This morning, I decided to stop before heading back home. Every day, I feel like I’m rushing in order to get back and jump into work or to do whatever I need to do before being productive. However, I’m always fighting morning traffic after dropping off the kids. Last night, I decided that I’d had enough and that today, I’d wait a half hour close to my kids drop off before getting back on the road. Maybe that would be enough time for the traffic to pass.
One of the more memorable experiences during my time as a kid at…
Dealing with an ongoing trackpad problem, I went to the most obvious issue that had affected the computer in the past — a bulging battery. After ordering a battery from abroad, waiting patiently for it to arrive, and re-watching the tutorial for installation, I carefully followed the five minute procedure and was able to install the battery.
Sure enough, the trackpad stopped having phantom movement issues and I patted myself on the back.
The victory was short lived. The weird ghosting issues started to occur again.
Dismayed, I started to go through the checklist of other issues and finally, ended…