When banks mandated the use of chip-enhanced credit cards businesses worried about the expense of switching over and customers used to swiping their cards at the checkout.
Mitch’s Quick Take: Understanding the impact of machine learning on narrow problems, such as search engine optimization (SEO), is essential to thinking about business problems differently. There are bigger challenges ahead, always. That’s progress, which most often displaces job categories rather than whole societies. SEO is in the midst of a radical transformation, and business is changing fast on the fuel of expanded capacity to measure and tune customer engagement.
My problem with Kurzweil’s approach is the general eagerness among his acolytes to declare total victory across wide areas of artificially developed knowledge. It demonstrates that we are setting our standards too low, too generically when we are presented with vast new fields of insight into individual life. We have to aim as high as we can now in order to maximize the law of accelerating returns, so let’s be less inclined to declare victory, as in the game of “Go” standing in for human strategic capacity.
So, in the article, I represent the least progressive view of where the most value is possible in AI, the Artificial Narrow Intelligence.
Tony Fadell said it was his idea to leave the maker of digital versions of thermostats, smoke detectors and other common household products.
Mitch’s Quick Take: Having known Tony since he was a young engineer at General Magic, I think Google never found a way to harness his talents. He says in the article that he is in at the beginning of a lot of projects, however the Nest acquisition never gave the impression it was intended to explode old approaches to search at Google. There was a vast opportunity to grab in-home share.
Hint: It’s not technology
Walmart announced plans Friday to team up with Uber and Lyft on a pilot grocery delivery program, in a fresh challenge by the US retail giant to Amazon.