A Chicago company called Narrative Science was among the first to give computers the power of the pen -- or keyboard. It's created a software called Quill. And, like anyone with a creative streak, automated writing software likes to stretch its artistic muscles. The best part is, this virtual reality and machine learning revolution will spark the investing trend of the decade ahead.
Artificial intelligence can research and write routine documents. A Chicago company called Narrative Science was among the first to give computers the power of the pen -- or keyboard. And, like anyone with a creative streak, automated writing software likes to stretch its artistic muscles. Best of all, this virtual reality and machine learning revolution will spark the investing trend of the decade ahead.
This technology will affect the quality, pace and structure of daily living for everyone. Believe it or not, robotic personal assistants at home -- particularly for older people -- will be common by 2025. With startling effect, machines increasingly will do the thinking for us. Big data, a computer's ability to gather vast amounts of information in complex databases, will be stored in the limitless spheres of Cloud technology. And the deep learning capability of artificial intelligence software, able to learn from its own mistakes and experiences to improve functionality, will progressively eliminate the need for thousands of tasks now performed by humans.
Everything about Quill is elegant. The interface is intuitive, allowing users to specify stroke shape, size, and color with ease. Creative Director Saschka Unseld made it clear that Story Studio is using Quill to enable the kinds of storytellers often on the margin due to the learning curve in creating digital art. And this ethos is already taking shape; not only do they have original pieces like Dear Angelica in the works, new art forms (and updates to old ones) are emerging. One such instance is the makeover the "comic" is about to receive in VR compliments of Story Studio and Quill.
Despite appeals from states and traditional shopkeepers that decades of congressional inaction should spur the court to reconsider, updating the standard to "economic presence" that a website can create, some justices expressed the same view Tuesday. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, her left arm in a sling following a fall Monday, led the objections when South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, a Republican, rose to argue. Simply throwing out the 1992 opinion, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, would create "a whole new set of difficulties" for businesses, consumers, courts and legislators, she said: Could sales taxes be collected retroactively? How would states determine how much presence a retailer must maintain to trigger tax-collection obligations? Mr. Jackley said the states--45 impose sales taxes, and nearly all support South Dakota's case--wouldn't make draconian demands of remote sellers, and in any event other precedents and constitutional principles would protect them from arbitrary or unfair enforcement.