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Your weekend starts now (the #AIChat and weekly round up on how tech has impacted the media and entertainment world this week)

It’s Thursday!

Your weekend starts now.

I will be using today’s #AIChat as my weekly round up on how technology has impacted the media and entertainment world.

My guest? Victor Riparbelli (@vriparbelli), CEO and co-founder of SyntesiaIO

The topic? How can artificial intelligence help the media/advertising and entertainment world.

Mistakes are mine.

Have a great weekend!

See you next Thursday for the weekly round up!
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Sunday. A Time to Learn

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself.

Why?

Because I get paid to read.

To my clients, I’m their second brain. The one that reads everything. And connects the dots. So I can keep them ahead of their competitors (credit goes to Anthony Iannariano. He wrote about this in his book “Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away From Your Competitors.”)

My clients are surprised where I find the information.

So I’m going to list all of the email newsletters that arrive in my inbox on Sunday. With brief comments on why I read them:

A) The Hustle: https://thehustle.co/

Even though it’s a mix of business and technology, their Sunday email newsletter? It’s filled with inspirational stories. For instance, in today’s email newsletter, they wrote about a janitor who invented flaming hot Cheetos. Who ended up becoming VP (I forward these articles to my clients who need a push).

B) The Stone Clinic: https://www.stoneclinic.com/blog/confidence-power-purpose

I’m a fitness addict. I’m in the gym five out of the seven days (Mondays = kettlebell class, Tuesdays = personal trainer, with an emphasis on CrossFit and strength training, Thursday = WOD (my own workout of the day. Mostly cardio and weights), Saturday = functional tune up day with a personal trainer and Sunday = personal trainer, with an emphasis on high cardio). The ideas I learn from the fitness world can be applied to the business world (especially when it comes to being confident. And developing purpose).

For items C-E, these industries are brutal. And competitive. They will do anything to stay ahead of their competitors. Why? Because when you miss a trend, everyone else will be eating your lunch. Start learning on how these industries adapt to emerging trends. Your clients (and your boss) will thank you.

C) Fashionista: https://fashionista.com/2019/06/pat-mcgrath-labs-skin-fetish-foundation-review

A focus on the fashion world.

D) Skift: https://skift.com/

A focus on the travel industry

E) Tearsheet: https://tearsheet.co/newsletters/

Focused on financial services and fintech and

That’s it!

Have a great week!

P.S. I don’t care where you work. Or which business you’re in. Your goal? To help your client succeed. That’s why you’re their second brain. If you can’t understand this lesson, why are you in business (or working for a business that doesn’t get it)?

 

 

#AIChat Summary for May 30/19

#AIChat is a Twitter chat focused on artificial intelligence.

My guest(s) help you make sense of the artificial intelligence world. By giving you advice on how to use it.

On May 30th, my guest was @copywriterkerry.

The topic? See the first tweet below.

Mistakes are mine.

P.S. Take notes. Why? You’re going to learn a lot from Kerry.

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It’s Feels Like Friday! Welcome to the Week In Review (How Tech Impacted the Media and Entertainment Industry)

It’s Thursday!

Welcome to the start of your weekend!

And to my week in review on how technology impacted the media and entertainment world this week.

Since I missed last week’s post (work is getting in the way), I could have written about this:

https://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2019/06/should-copyright-protect-music-created-by-artificial-intelligence.html (P.S. You’re going to see a lot more of these articles in the future).

Or this:

https://www.analyticsindiamag.com/7-online-artificial-intelligence-tools-to-generate-your-own-music/ (Written by Bhasker Gupta)

Or this:

https://thehustle.co/broadway-theater-streaming-broadwayhd/ (Written by Conor Grant. P.S. The big picture if you create TV shows or movies? You too can use OTT to get more viewers. And $$$)

Or this:

https://www.tvbeurope.com/content/facebook-watch-signs-first-european-content-deal (Written by Jenny Priestly. Your key idea? Facebook is diversifying it’s revenue streams by partnering with others to show their content in 10-15 minutes short stories. Another example of technology companies partnering with others).

But I’ll focus on this article written by Professor Nicholas Diakopoulos: http://theconversation.com/artificial-intelligence-enhanced-journalism-offers-a-glimpse-of-the-future-of-the-knowledge-economy-117728

Why?

There’s a lot of noise when it comes to artificial intelligence and how it’s being used in the media and entertainment field.

In some cases, you’ll read that artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs being done by humans (eg: editing) as the software learns what to keep. Or delete (the key idea you need to remember? It’s all about the metadata. And how humans are helping the artificial intelligence by placing it in the right category. To help the artificial intelligence software learn).

Me? I love being the contrarian. Artificial intelligence won’t replace humans in the media and entertainment industry. In fact, the software will help humans at work. By doing all the boring work so you can focus on the “why”.

One example off the top of my head? Let’s pretend you’re a Research Analyst at a cable network (I used to be one a few years ago). Each day, you have to download the Nielsen TV ratings. And open it into an Excel spreadsheet so you can analyze it. What happens if you create an artificial intelligence software that can do this for you? So it can automatically download and sort the data for you? In the way you want it? That save you time?*

Once this is done, you can start looking for the “why”. For instance, you look at the data and see that cable network Y had a rating of Z. Now you can start examining why -> was it because there was a national weather event that made people watch channel Y? Breaking news? Other?

That’s what you (and humans) excel in. Finding the “why”. Connecting the dots. Looking beyond the data to examine other factors.

That’s the big picture you need to focus when you read about technology’s impact on the media and entertainment world (or in any other field to be honest with you).

See you next Thursday! Enjoy your Friday and weekend!

P.S. * I will apologize if this already being done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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):

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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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