Keep an open mind about AI

The suspension of a Google engineer called Blake Lemoine, who claimed an AI (artificial intelligence) in the form of a computer chatbot he was working on had become sentient and was thinking and reasoning like a human being, has stimulated a lot of comment over the past few weeks following the story’s publication in the Washington Post. It formed the starting discussion that Shel Holtz and I had in this month’s long-form episode 263 of the For Immediate Release podcast,…

FIR 197: A better social network

The July 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report, aka FIR 197, features Neville and Shel discussing… Emotional Intelligence as an Internal Communications focus AI avatars as a new tool for training and marketing The latest TikTok news What a better social network might look like The rise of Virtual and Augmented Reality The staggering jobs challenge the world is facing Dan York reports on making video calls better, apps that keep copying each other, Amazon’s new live-streaming for…

FIR 189: The first thing we do, let’s ease timekeeping for all the lawyers

The November episode of “The Hobson and Holtz Report” features Neville and Shel discussing these topics: MeWe and WT:Social are among the latest crop of social networks offering serious privacy in an attempt to dethrone Facebook A new tool lets brands remove negative comments from paid social media posts QR codes have made a comeback AI writer completes writing what you started Telcos hope RCS will inspire you to give up WhatsApp, Messenger, and other third-party tools Ping raises $13…

The time of the AI writer

Developments in artificial intelligence that can write authentic-looking stories took a big leap forward earlier this year with the release of GPT-2, a predictive text-creation algorithm that can create a coherent, realistic-sounding continuation of a text input as short as one or two sentences. In other words, the software looks at a text you write and predicts the next words and phrases. It uses a huge data set as its training source: 8 million web pages which have been curated…

FIR 188: Translating the Internet into Arabic

Finding news and information online you can trust about things you’re interested in is a high expectation for most people in these connected times in which we live. Unless you’re looking for wide-ranging content in the Arabic language, that is. Just 0.6% of Internet content is available in Arabic despite it being the fourth most common language among internet users, according to a report by the Guardian. What some people like Ameen al-Jaleeli in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and organisations such…

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