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The Savings App Explosion

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017, shoppers around the country turned to their smartphones and laptops. According to Adobe Analytics data, American shoppers spent approximately $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday and $5 billion on Black Friday. For value-savvy shoppers, there was one extra ingredient in the mix: Apps and websites offering online-only coupons and […]

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Four Predictions on the Future of VR from a Watson Product Director

There are two reasons that Michael Ludden, director of product of IBM Watson Developers Labs & AR/VR Labs, starts his presentations with a video of Star Trek actors playing the virtual reality game Star Trek Bridge Crew. First, it’s a perfect example of how his labs are melding Watson’s artificial intelligence capabilities with the burgeoning […]

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To bring “good” taste to scale, first build trust

Brian Smith knows wine. The co-founder of Winc and the company’s Chief Wine Officer (“The title you get when you’re allowed to give yourself your own title”), he studied to become a sommelier and even worked in wine production in Provence and Argentina. But when pressed, he expresses resistance to the notion that one becomes […]

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Podcast advertising sticks to no script

Blue Apron may be the presenting sponsor of the Crooked Media podcast Pod Save America, but it’s also the butt of the jokes. Although the fresh-ingredient meal service provides the show with polished ad copy, hosts Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett rarely stick to the script. Here’s what was on the menu this spring, according […]

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How Can We Ensure Big Data Doesn’t Perpetuate Discrimination?

The concepts of big data and algorithms often have a mythological feel. Add some data, filter it through a mathematical formula, and voila—insight from the algorithmic gods. The detachment from the human-origin of all data is reminiscent of the famous line by infomercial legend Ron Popiel, when pitching the benefits of the hands-off cooking process […]

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Why VR Matters For Real Estate

The CBRE Group is one of the world’s largest real estate groups, with more than $86 billion in assets. It’s also interested in something most people wouldn’t associate with real estate: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). In 2016, CBRE joined investors such as News Corp to invest in Matterport, which makes technology to […]

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How AI and Humans Are Working Together to Reduce Online Toxicity

“Creating non-toxic communities on the net is the Next Big Thing,” tweeted Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute in a post earlier this fall. Isaacson, a well-known figure on predicting trends, was pointing to a WIRED interview with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and others on the platform’s efforts to curb online toxicity. Instagram, and […]

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How the Blockchain Will Free Your Identity

How do you know I am who I say I am? How do you know that I can be trusted? You might look for me on Twitter or Facebook. If you’re an app maker, you might rely on Apple or Google. If you’re an officer of the law, you may ask for my driver’s license, […]

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These Schools Are Already Using Virtual Reality to Teach

Marcus Belingheri, a 16-year-old junior at the Marin School of the Arts in Novato, California, is excited about showing off his digital arts class’s work at the spring parent showcase, in a gallery the class is designing themselves. He’s especially looking forward to the moment when the white walls and dark wood floor varnish. That’s […]

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When machine learning detects mental illness, ethical questions arise

Instagram knows if you’re depressed. Twitter can indicate PTSD. Facebook posts and tweets describe a region’s relative public health. These are some of the findings of the research conducted by the Computational Story Lab, a group led by Chris Danforth and Peter Sheridan Dodds of the University of Vermont. How do these platforms know so […]

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Popping the Filter Bubble with Machine Learning

Programmer Krishna Kaliannan lives in Manhattan. He can sum up the way he felt the day after the 2016 presidential election in one word: Blindsided. Who were the millions of Americans who had voted differently than polls had predicted? Why did they do it? Kaliannan didn’t know them, so he couldn’t ask. At the same […]

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Machine Translation in the Age of Displacement

Just a few years before the launch of Unbabel Inc., a global machine translation agency based in Portugal, the world was a very different place. In 2009, Greece conceded its €300 billion debt, sounding the alarm bell on a crisis in the Eurozone. Within two years, social media communication assisted in fomenting the wide-scale protests […]

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