Monthly Archives: May 2019

Do you need a protein shake recipe?

I’m a fitness finatic.

I place a premium on my health.

That’s why I’m in the gym 5 out of the 7 days at the gym:

Sunday = personal training with a focus on cardio and core

Monday = kettlebell

Tuesday = strength training with weights with some CrossFit thrown in with a personal trainer

Thursday = my WOD (workout of the day. My own workout when tabata class finished in April)

Saturday = functional tune up (form etc) with https://www.functionalbadass.com/

And trying to eat healthy.

This protein shake recipe?

From Gordon Ramsay’s book (this isn’t a sponsored post): https://www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/news-and-press/gordon-ramsays-ultimate-fit-food/

2 cups of almond milk (or yogurt, regular milk)

2 ripe bananas

5-8 dates (remove the pits)

Place everything into a blender.

Use the highest setting.

Blend until smooth.

Either you can drink it now or pour it into a thermos. And drink it during your break etc (don’t forget to put ice in it to keep it cool etc).

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Sit back. Grab a coffee. Or protein shake. Your weekend starts now (it’s your week in review on how technology impact on the media and entertainment world)

Happy Thursday!

I hope you had a productive week!

Your time is valuable. And I respect it.

I could post a billion news articles and analyze them one by one, but to be honest with you, everyone else is doing it.

I’d rather focus on one article and give you my short analysis on it (that way, you can get on with your day).

So for this week’s review, I could talk about these articles:

A) Written by Michelle Clancy at RapidTVNews, this article demonstrates that bitcoin is being used to finance the next film (you already know this. And to be honest with you, we’re entering hype bitcoin)

https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2019052856173/mr-marvel-launches-bitcoin-strategy-for-film-financing.html

B) Written by Ellie Silverman at  “The Inquirer” (in summary? QVC is a US TV shopping channel. The original influencer. Notice how tech (YouTube and Instagram influencers) are taking over. Why? Everyone wants to watch it now. And buy the product now. No one has time to scan a TV schedule to see what’s on).

https://www.philly.com/business/qvc-hsn-qurate-retail-group-home-shopping-philadelphia-instagram-influencers-20190529.html?outputType=amp

But I want to talk about this article written by James Vincent at the Verge:

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/28/18637135/hollywood-ai-film-decision-script-analysis-data-machine-learning

The short summary? It hasn’t been proven that using artificial intelligence will help the movie (or media and entertainment or ad world etc) industry create a better film (think about it -> as you’re reading this post, Avengers Endgame, Aladdin and Pokémon Detective Pikachu are leading the box office right now. Proven franchises that lead to profits. No artificial intelligence was used to create these movies).

An even shorter and faster summary to James’ article?

This tweet from Yves Bergquist (his Twitter handle? @punkstrategy. You should follow him on Twitter. You’ll learn a lot from him):

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Enjoy your Friday and weekend!

See you next Thursday!

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Is it summer or fall yet? Welcome to the weekly media and tech roundup

Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re having an amazing start to summer (if you live in the northern hemisphere) or fall (if you live in the southern hemisphere).

Here’s the one article that impressed me this week when it comes to technology’s impact on the media and entertainment world (it’s written by Ana Nicolaci Da Costa from the BBC):

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47944276

Let’s break this down/implications:

A) yes, you’re seeing a lot of articles on artificial intelligence. Why? Because no one has figured out how it’ll impact the media/entertainment (or any other field). Everything is a guess at the moment

B) no, artificial intelligence won’t take your job (I assume you’re a human reading my article. If you’re a robot…)

C) in order for artificial intelligence to create X (X = advert/advertising/article/story etc), it needs to access the earlier content. The content that humans have made. Only then can it be used to create new content by splicing and analyzing the data

D) yes, artificial intelligence is a tool. That saves you time. By helping you analyze the data. And giving you options (kind of like those multiple choice exams you had in high school/college/uni. P.S. The answer? It’s always “C” 😉  and

E) from a media and entertainment POV, you’re (the human) always in control of picking (and modifying) the content. Can it give your company an edge? Of course it could. Unless your competitors are using it. Then you’ll have to use a human (and human creativity) to stand out.

Have a great weekend!

I’ll see you next Thursday!

P.S. If you need some more background information, my guests and I talked about this during #AIChat (#AIChat is a monthly Twitter chat on artificial intelligence (AI). You’ll love reading it because there’s two distinct views on how AI will impact the media and entertainment world (I’d take notes if I were you):

https://nickhtang.com/2019/02/22/the-robot-could-be-watching-you/

 

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WOD = Workout of the day

I’m a fitness finatic.

And I’m in the gym 5/7 days per week.

Why?

To me, exercise and fitness is an investment.

Not an expense.

Ever since the Thursday night tabata class ended in April 2019, I’ve been creating my own workouts (tabata instructor? What tabata instructor?)

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to:

A) go at your own pace

B) if you have any health problems, consult a doctor or your health professional before you start this routine and

C) take breaks when you need it.

P.S. For round 2, don’t forget to re-do part C.

Are you a liberal arts or non-STEM graduate? And you need some ideas on how to get a job in the artificial intelligence field?

Welcome to the first #AICareerChat recap (it was done on Thursday, May 16, 2019).

My guest? @lizjosullivan.

The topic? How can liberal arts or non-STEM majors get a job in artificial intelligence.

P.S. The reason why I created the #AICareerChat Twitter chat? Because there was a lack of information on how liberal arts and non-STEM majors could get a job in the artificial intelligence field. As you’ll see from @lizjosullivan, it’s not about the computer programmers and researchers. It’s about you. The:

A) career changer
B) liberal arts graduate and
C) the non-STEM major

To be honest, you’re the ones that make the world go round. With your creativity and imagination.

Also, take up @lizjosullivan offer – ask her on Twitter if you have any questions (it’s rare that a guest will offer this request. Take full advantage of it. P.P.S. This is better than using LinkedIn when it comes to talking to the experts).

You can blame me for the mistakes.

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It’s Thursday! Your Weekend? It Starts Now.

Happy Thursday!

I analyze how technology impacts the media and entertainment industry.

Here are the three articles you need to read so you can stay ahead of your competitors. Or you’ll end getting left behind:

1) from Kyle Wiggers:

https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/14/ibms-ai-achieves-state-of-the-art-broadcast-news-captioning/

Let’s be honest. Everyone says artificial intelligence will become your next news captioner/reporter etc. But as you read the article, you’ll notice that this wasn’t done during a live broadcast.

And if you think about it, a TV news operation still needs human reporters/editors etc to find and edit the stories you see on your local TV newscast.

The winners? The human reporters, editors etc.

2) from Charlene Weisler:

http://weislermedia.blogspot.com/2019/05/how-ai-and-machine-learning-are.html

Charlene’s headline says it all. Focus on her interviewees who talk about sports content. And the lastest GOT (Game of Thrones) coffee cup mistake (and how artificial intelligence can be used in both areas).

3) from Robert Briel:

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2019/05/16/netflix-leads-french-svod-market-with-57-3-share/

If you live in France, these numbers should/will scare you. Why? It demonstrates that technology (in this case, Netflix) is disrupting the linear TV and cable world (think about it for a second. Each time you play/stop/pause a program you watch on Netflix, it’s a datapoint for the company to consider).

P.S. Keep in mind that the French subscribers of Netflix are watching US content (and since there’s a lot of it on Netflix) = higher market share.

That’s your Thursday and early weekend round up from me.

See you next Thursday!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Media/Tech Roundup

It’s Thursday!

Welcome to the start of your weekend!

Here are the two ways (in my mind) on how technology has impacted the media and entertainment sector this week:

A) from Joe Lemire at “Sporttechie” -> artificial intelligence is getting better at reporting high school sports stories. I’d keep on eye on this. Why? Because as the software gets better, it could/will free up the other human reporters to focus on in-depth investigative stories:
https://www.sporttechie.com/lede-ai-scorestream-partnership-automated-high-school-sports-stories/

P.S. I covered this in an #AIChat in February 2019 with Yves Bergquist (Twitter handle: @punkstrategy) and Peter D. Cathy (Twitter handle:@pcsathy). Consider this supplementary material. The topic? Artificial intelligence, media and technology:
https://nickhtang.com/2019/02/22/the-robot-could-be-watching-you/

B) from Jon Lafayette at “Broadcasting and Cable.” Verizon Media is the perfect example of a media company that is using 5G, AR and extended reality to stand out from the rest. Because if you don’t stand out, no one will want to watch your content:
https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/verizon-media-takes-shopping-documentary-and-news-to-5g and

C) I have to admit, I’m a fitness addict. My second home is the gym. In case you’re bored and you need a cool fitness routine, take a look at the one Coach Paula (my Sunday personal trainer) created for me last Sunday. It’s guaranteed to make you sweat:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw34hsPlpBa/

Have a great Friday and weekend!

See you next Thursday!

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