Who will the Google Assistant Serve- When No Man Can Serve Two Masters!

Sundar Pichai unveiled the new AI-powered “Voice Assistant” at the recent Google IO conference to an ecstatic crowd. But, let us take a moment to think- is this to be unequivocally welcomed? Who is the real master of our friendly Google Assistant?
You or Google? Should we be excited or worried about the Google Assistant?
Read more to find out… Who will the Google Assistant Serve- When No Man Can Serve Two Masters!

Why Zuck is right in thinking that we won’t pay for an Ad-Free Facebook?

What is the minimum that needs to be paid for an “Ad-Free” Facebook? $10, $5 or $1? If Facebook is a media company,  the closest paid media service is Netflix. The minimum subscription for Netflix is $8 per month. So, would you pay $8 per month for Facebook? That’s about how much you would have to pay for using ad-free, no data harvesting policy Facebook. Are we really willing to pay for an “Ad-Free” Facebook? Read more to find out….

Defending Facebook in 8 Arguments

Privacy Concerns are overblown. We are okay with our $20,000 purchase of a car being influenced by an ad targeted on Facebook based on our uniqueness, but we(media/ political parties?) feel moral outrage if we as a voter are exposed to targeted ads which may influence our political choice.As I write this,  Facebook stock is getting battered and many(govt. and regulators) are baying for its blood. However, I believe a defense can be mounted before the people’s court- the 2.2 billion people who are on Facebook.
Zuckerberg will bring in changes and we definitely will forgive and forget. Read my arguments…

#BuyAndTellPrice- Say No to Individual Price Discrimination

Ever wondered after snagging that deal on Amazon (45 % off!), whether it was the best possible deal? Did someone get better deal yesterday or last week? Worse still, is someone getting a better deal right now? It is now more possible than ever before for Amazon to price a product differently to different people (based on their assessed ability to pay or desperation/need for the product) at the same time, and no one is the wiser!  So let us start a movement #BuyAndTellPrice. Each time we purchase a product- not just rate the product but also write the price of at which we bought it.

The AI Paradox

From definitional issues of AI to the huge debate on AI leading to job losses, this article briefly addresses the AI paradox. Is AI any different from Machine Learning? What kinds of jobs at risk? People might imagine that AI driven automation will mainly replace manual labour which is not intellectually demanding, the reality is that the opposite is true: AI driven automation, is much more suited to intellectually demanding tasks. Put another way, if you wanted to beat chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, you would choose a computer. If you wanted to clean the chess pieces after the game, you would choose a human being. What is easy for humans is difficult for Robots and vice-versa, which is the Moravec’s paradox of AI. Read more to find out…

Is the Internet Shrinking?

The last decade has seen a transformation in the way knowledge is produced and consumed. But who controls the knowledge? From 23,500 websites in the early days of internet (1995), it has grown to over 1.3 billion websites today. We thought the internet will allow free expressions, there will be millions (actually billions :)) of web sites and everyone can have a place under the sun and self-publish, get their words across. We thought it was the end of the gatekeepers. But we see
that the internet is actually shrinking! And why? If everyone speaks at the same time, can anyone be heard? ? Read more…

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