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 […]

Uber’s Path of Destruction – American Affairs Journal

A very readable analysis of Uber: Since it began operations in 2010, Uber has grown to the point where it now collects over $45 billion in gross passenger revenue, and it has seized a major share of the urban car service market. But the widespread belief that it is a highly innovative and successful company […]

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 […]

Perception As Controlled Hallucination | Edge.org

An EDGE conversation with Andy Clark on perception and the role of predictive processing. The concept of predictive processing describes the brain as pediction machine gathering statistical information to adapt its model of the world. Sources: https://www.edge.org/conversation/andy_clark-perception-as-controlled-hallucination https://www.mindcoolness.com/blog/bayesian-brain-predictive-processing/  

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 […]

Consumers Who Use Mobile Are In-Store Shoppers | PYMNTS.com

social-sharing-top Encourgaing your customers to use their mobile on the premesis is good for brick and mortar stores [1]. This goes against the conventional wisdom that mobiles will kill brick and mortar businesses. This and more can be found in the Remote Payments Study by PYMNTS. They collected and analyzed survey data from 2,300 American […]

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How Aldi, a brutally efficient grocery chain, is beating Walmart on low prices – CNN.com

Interesting CNN [1] article about Aldi driving changes in the US supermarket industry. Walmart regards Aldi as  “fierce,” “good” and “clever” competitor. Aldi’s price war is driving second and third tier grocery stores into bancrupcy. Mikey Vu, partner at Bain, states that “We haven’t seen a disrupter in the grocery space like this in a […]