Next levels for AI-generated images

Look at these four images of some well-known people who have died in the past 30 years. They probably look familiar and I’d guess you will be able to easily identify all of them. Left to right from top: Princess Diana (died 1997), Freddie Mercury (1991), Michael Jackson (2009), and Heath Ledger (2008). Each of them is imagined as representing what each might look like today, years after their deaths. And that imagining was done by an AI algorithm not…

SDF Podcast 28: Summertime Special

Show notes by Sam Knowles. In England’s distant past, long before the spread of wealth and the explosive growth of the middle classes, holidays were a rarity. Overseas holidays were unheard of, except for those gilded few who’d grown fat on the Empire and took a ‘grand tour’ of Europe for months at a time, or else went off to add new lands to said Empire. The closest most workers got to any kind of holiday was being taken in…

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The double-edged sword of a Facebook meme

Suspicion about the consequences and outcomes of the #10YearChallenge meme on Facebook kicked off discussion in the January episode of “The Hobson & Holtz Report”, aka FIR podcast episode 172. Is it just a harmless meme? Or is it a surveillance nightmare? Shel and Neville weight in. Here’s the line-up of all the topics that caught our attention and prompted lively conversation in this episode: Lost trust in Facebook led to wariness about a user-generated meme. Adobe is bringing part…

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The Facebook dilemma

Neville Hobson joins Shel Holtz for the December installment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report.” The stories Neville and Shel covered include… The passing of PR fixture Jack O’Dwyer Marketers are turning their attention to messaging apps Not everyone is free to leave Facebook, even if they want to The death of keywords (or is it?) as audiences become key to targeting in search Rising Instagram stars post fake sponsored posts to get brands’ attention What we learned about GDPR…

SDF Podcast 21: Attention, meaningful content and post-apocalyptic novels

Our latest podcast ended up being a tad longer than planned – clearly a sign of a lively, engaged discussion. In talking about various aspects of the attention economy, we managed to hold each other’s attention for a good 45 minutes. This episode’s show notes were written by Thomas Stoeckle. Many ‘attention economists’ these days quote Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon and his observation that a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. It is certainly a quote that has…

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