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What if AI could augment human memory?

Everyone seems to talking about AI these days. At the TED conference this week, Siri founder Tom Gruber hinted how he thought AI would augment human memory; What if you could have a memory that was as good as computer memory and is about your life? What if you could remember every person you ever met? How to pronounce…

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The big bets on Augmented and Virtual Reality

It’s Virtual Reality Show week in London and the F8 annual get together where Facebook tells the world what it’s up to. VR has come a long way in the last year; driving an Audi car, exploring the surface of Mars to interactive physiotherapy, training submariners on a sub that is still being built, getting construction…

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Creme Egg time

Golf fans enjoyed a great weekend; The Masters enhanced by Cognitive highlights courtesy of IBM Watson. Uh Oh Google, Amazon is growing its ad business and it’s also growing its music streaming business (65 million Prime customers with access) and is only just getting started. Burger King rolls out new TV ad designed to hijack…

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Kanye Goes Platinum, Spotify Gets Ready to IPO

A significant week in music with the first album to go Platinum solely on streaming; The Life of Pablo by Kanye West. Streaming is big business, contributing more to some record labels bottom line than downloaded media. As Spotify prepares for an IPO (possibly without selling shares first) it’s improved the relationship with Universal and some of their albums will only…

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Backdoor to messaging services

Following on from the tragic events on Westminster bridge just over a week ago, there have been renewed calls from the Government to have access to encrypted messaging services; not the first or last time Government request ‘backdoor access’. Staying with the theme of security, dos having rules about complexity actually help? (apologies for the language), or is the weak link…

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Advertising Algorithms are hard

Last week we mentioned a complaint from the Procter & Gamble (the world’s largest advertiser) about transparency and standards in programmatic ad selling. In less than seven days this has turned into a major issue with both governments and over 200 big advertisers pulling their ads from YouTube over claims that algorithms are placing their content next to extremist material,…

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The Charts Are Flawed

As the Ordnance Survey celebrates being in business for over 225 years, a distinctly more recent player Telefonica is busy buying an even newer player, Statiq in order to geo-locate customers and serve them targeted advertising; sound familiar? Does knowing where someone physically frequents for advertising purposes count as surveillance? Perhaps so as Facebook & Instagram ban developers from…

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Autonomous cars in London

It’s been a bad week at the keyboard as the major Amazon S3 storage outage was caused by someone making a typo; like remotely shutting down a computer a hundred miles away rather than restarting it. There are always gestures instead of a keyboard, or Elon Musk thinks there will be direct brain interface in the future (which could be closer than…

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And the winner is …

Two things from the Oscars this week; don’t tweet if you need to concentrate at work, and  the emergence of the streaming providers.Amazon got 6 nominations and one win for ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and Netflix one nomination and a win with ‘The White Helmets’. These upstarts are disrupting the existing studio collective and streaming consumption on YouTube alone totals 1…

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Code that can code itself

It’s week 8 of 2017, and this week techspel is on the move, as for reasons of health we take to the car park, and the city of Dubai looks to take to the skies. There are AI bots locked in battle – over the content of Wikipedia whilst in Cambridge AI is learning to write its own code by looking…

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The $1,000 iPhone is an augmented reality

There are more connected IoT devices in the world than people, but try not to sacrifice security in order to be first to market with a product. Microsoft Artificial Intelligence team argues to keep the human in the loop in the interest of making tech more accurate. It seems that play just got serious with MIT and Google pitched AI…

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Half-Time Investment

Last week, we asked if advertising in the Super bowl half-time was worth the money & there is no shortage of those willing to part with $5 million + for the spot including Google and H&R Block. What is it that both of these companies so desperately wanted to tell us about? I’ll give you a clue –…

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Worth $25 billion?

As we welcome in February 2017, in the mobile scene there have been announcements from both Apple and Google this week. Whilst the former is closing the feedback loop a feature which brings it in-line with the Play store, the latter is offering the ability to use an app without downloading it. If successful, is it the end…

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