Skynet is that you? AI, robots all over 2016

The AI and robots scene is buzzing with activity. On the intellectual battlefields around Silicon Valley a war is going on for raw artificial intelligence talent, robot specialties and deep learning knowledge. Headhunters are trying to snipe the best talent. Astronomical pay-packages are offered to lure brains away from the competition. Acquisitions a go go …

IBM’s Watson scores a hit with Alex Da Kid like it’s no big deal

Watson, IBM’s flamboyant AI unit is getting the hang of it. It wins at Jeopardy, writes Real Time advertising stories, drops them in an ideal context and solves mathematical puzzles like there is no tomorrow. It helps doctors detecting and diagnosing extreme rare diseases and sequenced cancer DNA. As it got a bit bored, it …

Perfection. All your Christmas ads can go home now…

Segway inventor Dean Kamen: to invent is to give

Yesterday, on the rocky island of Tenerife, I did everything the Gods forbid on a gyroscope balanced, balance steered, and battery powered two wheeler. On a Segway X2 PT (personal transporter), I whirled through dust, over rocks, down stairs, blazed over sand and climbed steep hills. This machine can still do a lot more than …

By Manuel, thanks for all the laughs…

We have the paid. Where is the Social?

Nomen es omen, it’s called social media for a reason. In the beginning days of social media, communications professionals revelled in sight of something new: an opportunity to create real engagement with a consumer. Forging a long term value. Creating dialogue. But then, for a moment, it looked that there were cheaper and quicker solutions …

Fake news is not the problem. It never was. You are.

O my. Platitudes are being served on our beloved internet at mindboggling speed. And the one that makes me slightly nauseous on this early evening hour is the saga of the fake news. Fake news is to blame for everything: that Hillary lost, that Trump won, that the poles are melting, the sea is rising …

Yes, your robot dreams. And so should you.

We all dream. Luckily, we do not always know what other people dream, and our box of dreams is conveniently closed to the peeping of the people around us. Frankly, neuroscience discovered that our dreams are pretty much a dark and doom affair anyway. But DeepMind, Google’s powerfull AI (artificial Intelligence) dreams… and wakes up …

GOODFest: Google balances commerce and charity

Google is launching its own “first-of-its-kind livestream festival for good” called GOODFest this month. English indie band Glass Animals will kick off by performing at the BAM Cafe in New York City on November 29. A further four shows will follow across New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. These five events will be …

Vivat Dylan (or how I hate the arrogance of intellectual totalitarism)

Yes, I’ve read Sartre. In French. I have every single book of Haruki Murakami, in handy English translation. I chewed through the right-in-your-face prose of Herta Muller, in German (and hated it).  I loved the extreme contagious wit of John Steinbeck, the masterful wizardries of Samuel Beckett.  Pablo Neruda made me weep, even in translation. …