Mobile for Brick and Mortar Stores

Mobile was often regarded as enemy of brick and mortar businesses. People would come into a store use their mobile to sometimes scan items and order them elsewhere. That was the story told by many brick and mortar businesses. This has changed considerably. Instead of fighting mobile, leading players in the retail sector have actively […]

What It’s Like to Work on a 30-Year-Old Macintosh – The Atlantic

Ian Bogost writes about his experience using a Macintosh SE from 1990. He attributes the attractiveness of this long past computing area to the simplicity of using devices like a Mac: But it wasn’t user-friendliness alone that made computers of this era great—it was simplicity. Mousing, dragging, and menuing does make the machine easier to […]

AI deepfakes are now as simple as typing whatever you want your subject to say – The Verge

Deepfakes are becoming very easy to create. As shown in the work by scientists from Stanford University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Princeton University and Adobe Research, videos can be fine-tuned to audiences of different backgrounds. All this is done purely by editing scripts, automating previously tedious manual work. The authors themselves note: However, the […]

Artificial Artificial Intelligence

Behind a successful AI there is a human doing critical work. It’s an open secret that behind the “magic” of AI tools there are large teams of people, doing things like labeling the training data to make it work. The result of their work is truly impressive: we are tricked into believing that these AIs […]

The Challenge of Crafting Intelligible Intelligence | June 2019 | Communications of the ACM

Modern AI approaches often work like black boxes: nobody really knows why things work the way they work. Offering explanations why an AI system came to a conclusion is certainly needed. The article by Daniel S. Weld and Gagan Bansal [1] studied two approaches that are promising: using an inherently interpretable model, or adopting an […]

Fallacies and Pitfalls in building (hybrid) Progressive Web Apps

We’ve rolled out our first wave of (hybrid) Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to our customers during the last couple of weeks. Using a PWA based approach speeds up the development process for sure, however building hybrid PWAs which run a native web container had some challenges. Design Considerations Before we started to implement the hybrid […]

Ephemeral Apps

In the past, there was an app for everything. People were happy to download those apps. However, people evenually got tired from installing apps for everything. It’s easy to see why this has happened. Some apps did not live up to the expectations, other apps are often used sporadically for a very specific task. For […]

The Mobile Morawa Shopping Avatar

Using loyalty card programs is good for businesses for a number of reasons. First of all, loyal customer spending is 46% higher. Also, businesses can increase their revenue by nearly 50% while retaining only 5% of their customer base with a loyalty card program. And last but not least, a typical business makes about 65% […]

The Traveling Mobile Shopping Avatar

We are currently developing a mobile shopping avatar in the project SOLOMON. It is a truly mobile shopping avatar: it can move from one device, medium respectively, to another. How does this work? At it’s core, the shopping avatar is a piece of Javascript software that represents your personal mobile assistant and is available in […]