This Week In Digital – Week 09, 2019

AI towards a greater growth, global tech leaders in favor of Blockchain, and motivating employees going to be a major investment for companies. Catch all the latest tech news in This Week In Digital.

Artificial Intelligence Beats The Hype With Stunning Growth – Jon Markman, February 26, 2019.

Gartner, a global IT research and advisory company, surveyed 3,000 CIOs operating in 89 countries in January. The Stamford, Conn., firm found that AI implementations grew 37% during 2018, and 270% over the last four years. This is a trend investors should embrace. That’s because it is going to last for a while. And it’s going to make a lot of people very rich. Investors have soured on AI recently. Self-driving cars, smart cities and robotics keep getting smacked down as idealistic hype. That’s mostly because their implementations are decades away … or that these ideas are expensive solutions looking for problems.

Machine Learning Is A Key Component In Managing Mobile Advertising – David A. Teich, February 26, 2019.

The large number of mobile devices, the volume of apps on each phone, and the basic mobility of the devices all mean there is a lot of information being creating in the mobile world. Managing that large volume of information is impossible in a reasonable time frame using older technologies. Machine learning (ML) is critical to mobile advertising in a number of ways. Advertising is complex even in the older channels of print and broadcast. Cable increased the need for better data to more finely segment the audiences. The Web has meant even more finely tuned narrow casting, focused on smaller groups and even individuals. Mobile devices, primarily the growing presence of smart phones, adds another, massive, layer of complexity to the advertising challenge.

AR and VR creators have an unheralded tool to make their content shine: 3D reconstruction tech – Amir Bozorgzadeh, February 26, 2019.

Last month, a team of researchers from the University of Washington debuted an experimental technique that cuts characters straight out of a static 2D image and transforms them into 3D animations that literally step out into the real world with the help of AR as the medium. The Photo Wake-Up method can be applied to photos, posters, or even graffiti art, infusing life into the embedded Pinocchios so that they can freely walk, run, and jump out into reality.

AI won’t relieve the misery of Facebook’s human moderators – James Vincent, February 27, 2019.

No matter what companies say, AI is not going to solve the problem of content moderation online. It’s a promise we’ve heard many times before, particularly from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but experts say the technology is just not there — and, in fact, may never be. Most social networks keep unwanted content off their platforms using a combination of automated filtering and human moderators. As The Verge revealed in a recent investigation, human moderators often work in highly stressful conditions. Employees have to click through hundreds of items of flagged content every day — everything from murder to sexual abuse — and then decide whether or not it violates a platform’s rules, often working on tightly-controlled schedules and without adequate training or support.

Reimagining Strategic Management Theories And Models With Artificial Intelligence – Sameer Dhanrajani, February 27, 2019.

The advent of Artificial Intelligence in the corporate world is disrupting existing business processes and changing the way organizations are run. AI is fast becoming a cornerstone of how businesses manage their bottom line, while opening new revenue streams that could provide a boost to their toplines as well. Given the scale of its impact, there is no doubt that AI will also have a severe impact on the science that governs how organizations are run today.

Blockchain technology favored by 41 percent of world’s tech leaders, finds latest KPMG report – Akash Anand, March 4, 2019.

Cryptocurrencies and the Fin-tech industry have been in the news consistently due to the sheer number of developments and partnerships being announced by various mainstream players. Since the beginning of 2019, the cryptosphere has seen drastic changes with established institutions like JP Morgan, and Banco Santander dipping their toes into the cryptocurrency waters. The rising mainstream popularity of blockchain technology was evidenced by the latest KPMG report which stated that 41% of tech leaders were in favor of adopting blockchain for business in the next three years.

The Biggest Blockchain Event In Japan – March 4, 2019.

On April 6th and 7th, VC’s, funds, emerging projects, key talent, and executives from traditional finance throughout Asia and around the world will gather for one of the biggest blockchain events in Tokyo, Japan. TEAMZ Blockchain Summit is a gathering that brings together the smartest minds and innovators of the blockchain. In addition to top talent, the summit will be joined by leading investors, VC’s, exchanges, funds, and the biggest media brands in the industry.

Microsoft: Business executives adopting AI also want to invest in motivating employees – Khari Johnsom, March 4, 2019.

Business executives in the United States and European nations investing in artificial intelligence to improve their business also see investment in internal initiatives to motivate or inspire their human employees as important, according to a survey commissioned by Microsoft about the impact of AI on company culture and leadership released today. Motivating or inspiring employees ranked highest among 15 response options to answer how executives plan to invest alongside AI.


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