Technology is our friend: August 2011
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August 30, 2011

Cleverbots talking

Artificial Intelligence has been a topic since ages, but there has been significant progress in the last 20 years that we don't really recognize except for some computer in a gameshow. Here is a super-weird conversation between two machines staged by researchers from Cornell University.
Enjoy below:

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August 25, 2011

The internet universe becomes social, step by step

Now that all the fuzz about Facebook vs. Google+ is more or less over - Facebook reacted with some really good, G+ inspired new features and doesn't seem to have been damaged at all (1 trillion page views, 850m+ users) - we can get back to the interesting perspectives on social networks: how they interconnect with the rest of the internet and what this means for businesses. Mark Zuckerberg keeps saying that in future, all websites will be built around people instead of focusing on things or products first, and more and more websites integrate social features that enhance user value and give us a hint on how that Zuckerberg vision may come to life.

One really interesting integration comes from Ticketmaster. When I go to a concert or event, I check in on Foursquare and have an eye on my Facebook newsstream just to see if by accident some friends would also be there. Ticketmaster - in a competitive move against other ticket platforms - wants to eliminate the "accident" in that. I think this gives great value to users; if you're not in the German state of Schleswig Holstein, that is. They will find ways to destroy any innovation, I assume.

Anyway: check out the interesting Ticketmaster Demo here:

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August 24, 2011

It is simply beautiful when social media actually works

And in this case, I don't mean these thingys where you would have some problem and a trillion people answer and help you solve it, but the direct connection between celebs/experts and an audience. On Quora, an often underestimated question-answer-service, someone asks "what it is like to have your film flop at the box office". And the screenwriter for "Conan the Barbarian 3D" actually answers, with a beautiful, long, insightful and honest response, inspiring other professionals like the producer of Mulholland Drive to weigh in. You couldn't imagine stuff like that only a decade ago. Look what knowledge and experiences are now accessible to us, who used to be just a silent audience. Wonderful!


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