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WIRED25: Netflix's Reed Hastings on Broadening Your Horizons

WIRED

Thanks to Covid-19, the mantra for 2020 has got to be "quarantine and chill." Good thing Netflix is here to "entertain people all over the world," as the company's cofounder Reed Hastings explained at this year's WIRED25. Sating the global entertainment palate, though, requires an undying spirit of invention as well as narratives that span both the US and abroad. Netflix's secret, according to Hasting's new book No Rules Rules, is that it values its workers over its work process. It's this employee-centric attitude that allows a startup to maintain a culture of innovation as it grows from, say, a 30-person rent-by-mail DVD provider into the world's largest streaming service, with a film production arm that rivals Hollywood's Big Six.


Jeannie Mai can't wait to 'reconnect' with fans on 'Dancing with the Stars'

FOX News

The 41-year-old host and TV personality recently told Fox News, she's ready for a new challenge and the ABC reality competition series was the perfect fit. EXCLUSIVE: Jeannie Mai is ready to twirl across the ballroom floor on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." The 41-year-old host and TV personality recently told Fox News she's ready for a new challenge and the ABC reality competition series was the perfect fit. "I'm being thrown across the dance floor, which was my request, by the way," she joked. "And I also want to twirl underneath legs!" Mai said joining the cast for Season 29 was like crossing something off her wish list but, more importantly: "I want to just reconnect with people," she said.


AI/ML in Broadband Networks: the Role of Standards

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Earlier this year a new initiative to create standards for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the cable telecommunications industry was launched. The working group, which draws members from both inside and outside of cable including giants like IBM, is exploring how AI and ML can be leveraged to make the network more efficient. Using machine learning to solve this challenge, an algorithm considers multiple variables including service load and cost to provide an actionable and prioritized report for the cable operator to act on. By applying ML to automate node splits, the network will run more efficiently, and customers will continue to receive their high-speed services without interruption as the network grows. The working group is also looking at creating standards to control video piracy by applying artificial intelligence on the network that detects signatures of bad actors.


An open letter to the most disappointing algorithms in my life

Mashable

Mashable's series Algorithms explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives -- and our futures. In the digital age, personalized algorithms are our constant companions. We see them, or rather, they decide what we see, more than we see our families. Loathe them or don't know much about them, they're steering your brain -- from your morning "quick glance at Facebook" to your afternoon YouTube break to your evening Netflix to your "quick glance at Facebook" before bed. When algorithms work for us, they're invisible.


Using A Neural Network to Recommend Shows on Netflix

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There is nothing more agonizing than starting something on Netflix and realizing 20 minutes in that you aren't interested. In this project, I tried taking matters into my own hands by calculating a probability that I will finish a show given certain show characteristics. Being able to sleep at 2am and roll out of bed at 9am for work hasn't been great for my productivity from an active standpoint. Once upon a time, I actually enjoyed walking 30 minutes to the Caltrain station and back every weekday. The only consolation for my slow descend into complete and utter languidness is how productive I have been pushing through Netflix originals. A combination of having nothing left to watch and deciding to be slightly more productive with my time encouraged me to try my hand at using neural networks to predict what I should watch next.


The Morning After: Netflix queues up some free samples

Engadget

What do you really need from an alarm clock? Smart displays can be a little extreme to sit by your bedside, but having something that syncs nicely with your phone doesn't hurt. Now Lenovo has followed last year's Google Assistant-connected Smart Clock with this few-frills Smart Clock Essential. As Cherlynn Low points out, its four-inch display doesn't just tell the time, it also shows the current weather and temperature, along with your alarms and other status indicators. Of course, it has microphones for "OK, Google" voice commands, and a three-watt speaker to make sure Mat's voice comes through clearly every morning.


Today on Technology: Your Online Guidebook on Digital Transformation

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"Today each organization must know how to build its digital capability. Because now every company is a software company, every organization is a digital organization." Recently, an article published by the Harvard Business Review gave holistic advice on how in terms of a technology renaissance, we ought to not forget our humanistic side. A very unconventional beginning to a write-up which will solely speak about the whole nine yards of tech, but since digital transformation services are about bringing change to the existing reality, it'll cease to exist sans a touch of humanism. The latter half of the 20th century was the genesis of the'Age of Information' where progression was made from orthodox industrial techniques to the forever evolving Information and Technology. From analogue, everything turned digital. Let's understand it layer by layer. In simple terms, Digital transformation is the impact and influence of technology into each and every business vertical. And when we say technology, we mean digital. But it doesn't restrict itself to that. It's equally a colossal cultural change that thrives on experimentation, brainstorming, challenging metacognitive skills and coping with failure.


Netflix, Microsoft And Verizon Rated "Top Buy" This Week By AI

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In the last week, we saw the markets close at another all-time high. They were lifted by Apple which surged on 5.1% to an all-time high on Friday. The S&P 500 ended up at 3,397, a new record closing high, while the Nasdaq NDAQ ended at 11,311, also a record close. Helping markets were the economic updates, with HIS Markit INFO showing US manufacturing activity hitting its highest level in 19 months, while services were at their highest level in 17 months. Also helping was the existing-home sales data for July, which saw a record month-to-month acceleration of 24.7%, and the average selling price for homes setting a new bar at $304,100.


How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the world of L&D - The Corporate Training Blog

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Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence are impacting our lives in more ways than the naked eye can see. We encounter it every single day and it already has a huge impact on all aspects of running a successful business, including how we manage Corporate Learning & Development most effectively. Think about the payments you make with your contactless card; the times Netflix suggests a TV show that you might like or the suggested jobs that LinkedIn thinks you might be interested in. These actions are all powered by artificial intelligence. When it comes to learning, the options for enhancing learner experiences and improving learning outcomes – whether through voice recognition, machine learning or augmented reality – are endless.


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE vs CREATIVITY and the HUMAN CONNECTION in CONTENT MARKETING

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We are now living in a world where we have the most amazing tools and resources to simplify and streamline the process of building a business to leverage our time more than ever. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now capable of writing content and used to communicate with customers, AI automation can run complete marketing campaigns, so suffice it to say these new technologies can help you create tremendous success in your business and improve your lifestyle. Does that mean this technology guarantees exceptional, infallible results for our business? Some will tell you it is, but here's the thing... All these modern marketing tools are great and definitely have their place, but consider this; the more AI automated your marketing becomes, the less human it can seem, and that is a big mistake.