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Artificial Intelligence is Trade Policy's New Frontier - TFO Canada

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People are increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence (AI) -- that is, the machines, systems or applications that are capable of performing tasks that, until recently, could only be performed by a human. Think of your morning routine: maybe a Google Assistant checks your calendar and reminds you of your meetings. Then you survey Twitter, which uses algorithms to curate what you see -- the latest about Trump, trade and technology rise to the top. And at the end of it all, when you settle in for some Netflix, your profile suggests a few thrillers you're likely to binge-watch. Marketing statistics reveal that some 57 percent of consumers expect voice-activated smart assistants to have a major or moderate impact on their daily lives by 2020.


Artificial Intelligence is Trade Policy's New Frontier

#artificialintelligence

People are increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence (AI) -- that is, the machines, systems or applications that are capable of performing tasks that, until recently, could only be performed by a human. Think of your morning routine: maybe a Google Assistant checks your calendar and reminds you of your meetings. Then you survey Twitter, which uses algorithms to curate what you see -- the latest about Trump, trade and technology rise to the top. And at the end of it all, when you settle in for some Netflix, your profile suggests a few thrillers you're likely to binge-watch. Marketing statistics reveal that some 57 percent of consumers expect voice-activated smart assistants to have a major or moderate impact on their daily lives by 2020.


Netflix's new show about AI is blowing people's minds - literally

Mashable

Altered Carbon, Netflix's new sci-fi thriller, is set in a futuristic world with limitless potential. Immortality is finally attainable--for the very wealthy, at least--thanks to AI tech that can download a person's consciousness and memories to a new body. Given the show's hyper techie premise, CES was the perfect venue for Netflix to hold an exclusive pre-screening event. Mashable Brand X was onsite to capture audience reactions to Altered Carbon. We predict the rest of us will be happily binge watching this new sci-fi series when it drops on Feb 2.


CES was surprisingly subdued for cord-cutting

PCWorld

Last year's CES was a surprisingly fruitful event for cord-cutting. At the tech industry's biggest trade show, companies like Tablo and Mohu announced radical new uses for over-the-air antennas, while bigger companies including Amazon and Roku made their own splashy announcements. The story was different at CES 2018. Several of those companies didn't show up at the trade show at all, while others only brought vague promises of future products with nothing to demo. Although this year's CES wasn't totally bereft of news and product launches, it wasn't the showcase for novel cord-cutting solutions that last year's show appeared to be.


What an AI ethics expert thinks of 'Black Mirror' Season 4

Mashable

The best Black Mirror episodes don't just leave you wondering whether these futures could happen. They force you to consider what it would mean if they did. SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' Season 4 isn't f*cking around For John C. Havens, these aren't just idle TV musings. He's the executive director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, an organization that aims to develop standards around the design and development of artificial intelligence. In other words, he and his team are the ones trying to keep us from hurtling, unprepared and unaware, into a Black Mirror dystopia.


AI-Powered 'Intelligent' Marketing Will Keep It Real

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Last year I attended the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit and had the opportunity to be entertained by keynote speaker James Corden of the CBS Late Late Show and of "carpool karaoke" fame. Central to Corden's talk was the importance of truth and transparency in both comedy and marketing. And aside from the obvious irony in today's era of alternative facts and fake news, he made a great argument for keeping things real. In addition to Corden, the buzz at the summit was all about the latest trends in marketing tech, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). Comments about AI's ability to facilitate listening, personalization and campaign management at scale floated around the halls and meeting rooms, causing almost everyone to wonder about the possibilities.


Friday's TV highlights: 'Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song'

Los Angeles Times

MacGyver Mac (Lucas Till) gets involved in a competition to create robotic vehicles suited for combat, and one competitor – an ex-love interest (guest star Ashley Tisdale) – has her entry hacked, and sent to attack the Pentagon in this new episode. Blindspot Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and her colleagues must locate nuclear warheads that have vanished. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) begins reaching out to the world and helping others. Hawaii Five-0 Grover (Chi McBride) tries to dissuade the main suspect (guest star Devon Sawa) in his own wife's death from suicidal thoughts in the new episode. Taken The series inspired by the Liam Neeson-starring action movies opens its second season, with Clive Standen – as a younger incarnation of the Neeson character, CIA man Bryan Mills – and Jennifer Beals remaining from the first year's cast.


This Warehouse In China Is Managed By Robots Mach NBC News

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A Chinese company has developed highly efficient robots that can manage a warehouse, almost entirely on their own. NBC News is a leading source of global news and information. Here you will find clips from NBC Nightly News, Meet The Press, and original digital videos.


Dish DVRs will soon work with Google Assistant

Engadget

Never mind using Google Assistant on your TV -- Dish thinks you should talk to your set-top box instead. In the wake of Alexa support, the satellite TV provider is promising Google Assistant control for its Hopper DVR, Joey client and Wally receiver. You can soon search for shows, change the channel (by name or number) and control playback just by talking to your phone or a smart speaker like a Google Home. Just don't plan on using it any time soon. Still, this makes Dish's TV service one of the friendliest for voice control.


Cord cutters: TV and streaming services race to make it easier to find your next favorite show

USATODAY

At CES Samsung debuted a real humdinger of a product: a 146-inch modular TV called "The Wall." The new TCL 6-Series 4K HDR TV comes 9in 55 and 65 inch models, out this spring (no price set). LAS VEGAS -- Now that the Internet is nearly everyone's favorite TV station, content providers and device makers find themselves catering to consumers' desires for more, better streaming video. That was abundantly clear here at CES, where the biggest makers of streaming devices rubbed elbows with entertainment and Internet heavyweights such as Time Warner and Verizon, and every TV maker touted even smarter, more connected displays. CES 2018 attendees view the LG signature OLED 4K HDR Smart TV at the LG Electronics booth during the 2018 International CES.