Zurich Summit hears contrasting tales of Big Data use

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Sharply divergent views about Big Data, artificial intelligence and their potential role for good or bad in the independent film business were expressed at this weekend's Winston-Baker Zurich Summit on Film, Technology and Business. Data scientist Dr Sebastian Wernicke (pictured) shared two contrasting tales that underlined the wildly different results for rival companies when they commissioned creative work based on data analysis results. First, Wernicke told the story of former Amazon Studios CEO Roy Price and how he responded to the challenge of identifying new content that would bring subscribers to the streaming service. Price and his team took eight concepts for shows that they had been pitched and produced the first episodes for each one. Millions watched, which enabled Amazon to record and monitor their behaviour, gathering data points such as when viewers clicked play, when they clicked pause, and what parts they re-wound.


What are the pros and cons of using Big Data in the film and TV business?

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Sharply divergent views about Big Data, artificial intelligence and their potential role for good or bad in the independent film business were expressed at this weekend's Winston-Baker Zurich Summit on Film, Technology and Business. Data scientist Dr Sebastian Wernicke (pictured) shared two contrasting tales that underlined the wildly different results for rival companies when they commissioned creative work based on data analysis results. First, Wernicke told the story of former Amazon Studios CEO Roy Price and how he responded to the challenge of identifying new content that would bring subscribers to the streaming service. Price and his team took eight concepts for shows that they had been pitched and produced the first episodes for each one. Millions watched, which enabled Amazon to record and monitor their behaviour, gathering data points such as when viewers clicked play, when they clicked pause, and what parts they re-wound.


Could Artificial Intelligence Spell the End of Independent Filmmaking?

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The following essay was produced as part of the 2019 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Artificial intelligence is everywhere: It can drive a car, chat with customers, or help patients with neuronal damage to recover their potential. But if data-assisted moviemaking can help predict a movie's outcome, what room is there left for artistic freedom? At this year's Locarno Film Festival, Sami Arpa, CEO and co-founder of Largo Films, a startup based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and creator of the LargoAI technology, shared his insight about the evolution of this maybe-not-so-unnatural union. At Locarno last year to present sofy.tv, a VOD service for short films, Arpa recalled, "I was approached by industry professionals, mostly producers and distributors, who asked me if the AI developed for sofy could be used for their own purposes, to help them predict a movie's outcome. A few directors also approached me, although they were much more skeptical at first."


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AI for Good - African Perspective

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As I'm passionate about shaping a better future in the Smart Technology and specifically to help transform Africa through Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain technologies, it was a privilege to participate as invited AI expert at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-17 May 2018 as well as the AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies on 18 May 2018 at the United Nations. As mentioned here as well as this post, this was also an opportunity to represent the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), Cortex Logic (as one of the sponsors) and the African perspective on the use of these technologies with respect to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. In this post I would like to share some links, feedback, perspectives and outcomes of the AI for Good Global Summit. I also share my presentation on Health, Water, Smart Education & Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities. In a separate post, I'll do the same for the AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies conference.