The O'Reilly AI Conference in San Francisco

This month I attended O'Reilly Publishing's Artificial Intelligence conference in San Francisco. This is my 2nd O'Reilly AI event. Top-notch researches and data scientists sharing insight and war tales about what we know, what we don't, and most important, just how much work lies ahead. It solidified my contention that we're still in the equivalent of the dial-up era for mainstream AI --- a fascinating and terrifying prospect. 

iPhone's 10th Anniversary and AI's Future

iPhone launched a decade ago. Since 2007, iPhone has not only become an iconic consumer product, but has transformed mobile media and marketing. I was eMarketer's mobile analyst when iPhone launched. It was my job to explain to brands and advertising agencies what iPhone and smartphones meant for their business. I believe today's Artificial Intelligence-driven products and services must navigate similar consumer and industry thickets if they are to have a chance of replicating iPhone's explosive success.  

AC and David Bowie talk about the Internet and AI

David Bowie is enjoying a renaissance not only as an artist but as an astute observer of technology and culture. His 1999 interview with the BBC about the ultimate impact of the Internet is stunning in both its accuracy and understanding of how technology and culture co-evolve one another. AC experiments with having a dead guy co-host a show --- because he's just so damn good.

The Tao of Fandom: AC Speaks with Jeff Gomez

The last few years have demonstrated that rapid success of mass movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to the Alt-Right hinges on the narratives people integrate into their lives and share with their communities. Technology is transforming how we evolve those narratives. Augmented City sat down with Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner Entertainment to understand better how this process is playing out in both the entertainment industry and in his work in conflict resolution and cultural change.

Space and Place: an AC Interview with Edward Shenderovich

Real estate is one of the original urban service industries. In theory a simple business about location, location, location; the reality is that real estate value hinges on a complex interplay between physical space and the cognitive meanings that transform a location into a "place". Augmented City speaks with NYC-based Edward Shenderovich to understand better how advanced technology is blending with changed cultural habits to re-configure the commercial real estate market.

Taxing Robot Labor

Bill Gates asks if we should tax robot labor like humans. Automation in its different forms is transforming nearly every job from entry level to professional. The next decade will bring this force to the top of the agenda for both business leaders and politicians. Whether or not you agree with Gates, the time is now to start debating some messy paths forward. 

AI & Culture Year in Review and Outlook for 2017

In 2016, Artificial Intelligence (AI) became a mainstream phenomena via self-driving cars, virtual assistants and a host of other augmented products & services. Simultaneously, the debates over AI in daily life gained fresh urgency as unemployment and underemployment due to automation became a global hot topic. For once, what a new technology meant to people was as important as what a new technology could do.