Archive | Artificial Intelligence

It’s Time to Worry About AI Video Technology

It’s a widely known (if little discussed) fact that the adult film industry often serves as a pioneer for video technology. It was the industry’s early backing of VHS that helped to bury Betamax and its embrace of Blu-ray that helped shovel dirt over rival HD-DVD. So we should all take notice of a series […]

I Saw the Integrated Future at CES

CES is traditionally a wonderland of new devices and new technologies, some frivolous and some functional, some ready-for-prime-time and some preparing for a hopeful or eventual future. Also, traditionally, most of these new devices and technologies exist by-and-large in siloes, distinct product categories or distinct applications designed to work, perhaps, tangentially, complementary or supplementary with […]

Three Tech Predictions 2018: More Gold rushes, AI & Internet Regs

1. The Bitcoin bubble bursts. This one is a no-brainer. As we write this, the crypto-currency Bitcoin has grown over 1,000 percent in 2017. Despite a recent, sharp downturn, the currency is poised to finish out 2017 strong. The gold-rush mentality has led, predictably, to a speculative mania exemplified by the absurd spectacle of the […]

The Skinny Bundle Opens Door to TV Ad Revolution

The online advertising market has become good—scary good—at matching your browsing habits, interests and demographic data with relevant advertisements. Thanks to pervasive data collection and tracking, online ad services know a lot about individual consumers. Using artificial intelligence and real-time bidding networks, marketers are able to quickly customize highly-targeted ads that seemingly follow you around […]

Why Automation Fears Are Misplaced

To my utter astonishment, every nook and corner of the internet seems to be suddenly swarmed with hand-wringing reports sounding the alarm about how “automation”—robotics, AI and machine learning—will replace humans and otherwise cause job loss, or how automation will adversely affect or impact businesses and/or society. These adverse automation effect admonitions have even emanated […]

The Smart Future of the Security Camera

Fans of any good spy drama know the scene well. Our hero is out in the streets, frantically chasing down some goons. Back at headquarters, an army of analysts sit at their consoles monitoring security camera feeds and offering real-time guidance to our hero as she navigates the cluttered crossways. In the dramatic telling, it’s […]

Different Looks at AI, Security/Privacy and eSports

Each year, the fine folks at IFA bring in journalists from around the globe (including yours truly) for a preview of the annual IFA confab in Berlin (1-6 September) and to take in a series of presentations from prognosticators and product makers. Nearly every trending tech topic is discussed. Among all the industry forecasts and […]

Will AI Power the Next Leap in Video Compression?

Artificial intelligence’s (AI) role in the digital content economy isn’t merely confined to better anticipating what TV series you’d like to binge watch next. It’s increasingly being brought to bear to solve a more challenging (and equally long-standing) technical problem: how to shave off bits from a video file without fatally compromising quality. While the […]

Why Google, Not Amazon, Will Win the Smart Home War

Every new technology brings with it a clash of competing standards, formats and operating systems. Veteran observers can recount the (rhetorically) bloody battles pitting Betamax against VHS, HD-DVD against Blu-ray, DVD-A vs. Super Audio CD, Mac vs. PC—we could go on. The format wars, as they’re colloquially called, are by no means over. There are […]

Many Monstrous Notes at CES 2017

While wandering around CES 2017, I was reminded of that scene in Amadeus, in which the Emperor Joseph II decides that the new opera by Mozart had “too many notes.” (The actual quote is “monstrous many notes” and referred to Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” but I digress.) That’s what I felt about CES—monstrous […]