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Holiday Inn Is Showing How VR Can Boost the Hospitality Industry

When Holiday Inn figured out how to build a sample room in a shipping container for trade shows, it was a win. Instead of building a sample room from scratch for each event, then tearing it down and donating the furniture, the hotel brand could now have the room picked up and delivered to the […]

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WTF?: An Interview With Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is often referred to as “The Oracle of Silicon Valley.” A 2010 Inc. article running with that title referred to him as Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual and noted that “O’Reilly is worth listening to because he has been on top of nearly every important technology development of the past three decades.” Lately we […]

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Fulfilling the Potential of AI Requires Getting Interpretability Right

I’m awesome at commuting. Take your pick: subway, bus, or train—I can navigate a complex fare system, bob-and-weave through a difficult transfer, and make it to my destination on time even after leaving way later than I should. But, inevitably, when any of those vehicles break down, I’m stuck. It’d be crazy to put me […]

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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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