Meet Amy, a Virtual Meeting Aide – will AI replace some outsourcing?

When I initially saw this article, I thought it would discuss using an outsourced assistant via a freelancing site or other application.  But it’s not – it’s about artificial intelligence.  This led me to wonder how much of the work we now outsource will be done using AI in the near future….particularly the “busy work” many of us have done on Mechanical Turk and others….

“I recently got my own personal assistant, called Amy. My new helper is amazingly attentive and diligent, but also a bit strange. For one thing, she seems completely obsessed with organizing meetings and pretty much refuses to talk about anything else.”

via Meet Amy, a Virtual Meeting Aide | MIT Technology Review.

The Price For A Videophone in 1955 Was $44,000 Adjusted for Inflation

“We’ve been imagining a future of ubiquitous videophones for over a century. And today it’s considered no big deal that we’re able to make video calls with devices that we carry around in our pockets. But it took a while to get to that point. One reason? It was incredibly expensive.”

Interesting article, but I think there were many more reasons.  Video did not have bandwidth, and it was more frustrating than it was useful.  But cost was certainly a challenge as well!

via The Price For A Videophone in 1955 Was $44,000 Adjusted for Inflation.

Internet TV’s Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here

 

There are so many people who have done this already, without even thinking about it.  They simply watch what they want to watch on their laptops or tablets.  A sign of things to come….from Wired.

“INTERNET TELEVISION’S TURNING point—the time when we can finally cut the cable cord—is almost here.”

via Internet TV’s Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here | WIRED.

Using Google+ and Pinterest Search for Long-Term Impact

Good social media advice from Brian Honigman on The Next Web about the long tail of social media posts.

“While there are many benefits to consistently strong content, one less obvious benefit is the continuing compounding success of old posts. Most people think that once a post is a day old it is pretty much dead, and that after a week it might as well never have happened. However, things online last forever and none of these posts actually disappear.”

via Using Google+ and Pinterest Search for Long-Term Impact.

ThinkUp Helps the Social Network User See the Online Self

ThinkUp analyzes your social media profile – not only how many tweets, but behavioral information.  How often you thank people, what posts you tend to retweet – really useful in terms of navigating social networks.

“Every morning the service delivers an email packed with information, and in its weighty thoroughness, it reminds you that what you do on Twitter and Facebook can change your life, and other people’s lives, in important, sometimes unforeseen ways.”

via ThinkUp Helps the Social Network User See the Online Self – NYTimes.com.