[INSIDERS] 5 Tech Info to Shine in Society

by bold-lichterman

This is news that will not reassure those fearing that artificial intelligence will end up surpassing humans. And for good reason, AlphaGo, the program of Google’s subsidiary, DeepMind, continues to progress. Remember, in March 2016 AlphaGo became the first computer program capable of beating humans at the game of Go. AlphaGo had thus defeated Lee Sedol, one of the best players in the world. To achieve such a result, however, the DeepMind program had fed on over 100,000 human games and needed to play 30 million games against itself.

Since this first exploit of the machine against humans, Google researchers have been working on a new version of their baby. And the least we can say is that he has grown up! The new version, dubbed “AlphaGo Zero”, is now able to learn to play on its own, without data drawn from games played by humans. To progress, the program, based on an artificial neural network, only needs to play relentlessly against itself. Unlike the old version, which took several months of training to win against Man, AlphaGo Zero only needed three days of learning and 4.9 million games played against itself. to overwrite 100 to 0 the version that beat Lee Sedol.

On the other hand, to beat AlphaGo Master, a more successful version than AlphaGo, which had notably defeated Ke Jie, currently considered to be the best player in the world of the game of Go, AlphaGo Zero required 40 days of training. By the 21st day of training, however, AlphaGo Zero had already reached the level of AlphaGo Master. Now well established in the game of Go, DeepMind is now seeking to overcome StarCraft 2, a real-time strategy game that should offer a whole different puzzle to Google’s artificial intelligence …

Since Netflix embarked on its ambitious content creation policy, such as House of Cards or Stranger Things, the industry is trying in vain to find out exactly what audience volume is draining the streaming platform. Netflix has never communicated any metrics on this, as indeed did its competitors Hulu or Amazon.

Also, when the venerable Nielsen, from the height of her 94 years of existence and her virtual monopoly on TV audience measurement in the United States, announced that she had unraveled this very well-kept secret, her ears fell on deaf ears. erect.

Nielsen did not release any figures, reserving them for customers subscribed to the offer such as the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, NBCUniversal or A&E Networks. These figures relate to their series as well (as for example Friends for Warner Bros) than those of the original Netflix series (Orange is The New Black…).

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Stranger Things

To collect this initial data, Nielsen said he used audio recognition software, on a test panel of 44,000 Nielsen-equipped homes in the United States.

For Nielsen, this is a necessary and long overdue development: some industry executives criticized the company for its inability to measure streaming, even calling it relic of the zapping era.

However, questions arise on the accuracy of the data that Nielsen was able to recover: thus, these figures relate only to television usage, not taking into account spectators on laptop, smartphone or tablet. Moreover, for the moment they only concern the United States. Netflix, which is currently pursuing an aggressive policy of international expansion, has 104 million paying subscribers, half of which are outside its home market.

This is not the first time that we have sought to measure the streaming audience. NBC had released a few figures last year, collected by a similar technology of fingerprint audio company Symphony Advanced Media, from a sample of 15,000 people. Netflix had at the time questioned their accuracy and relevance, and the measure quickly fell short.

To read on the New-York Times : How Many People Watch Netflix? Nielsen Tries to Solve a Mystery

Gold or bitcoins? If this kind of dilemma torments you at night (blessed are you, already), Goldman Sachs recommends that you stay on safe values. In a note to investors, according to the investment bank, precious metals remain a “Relevant asset class” in a portfolio, and should not be relegated to the rank of “relic or accident of history“.

Bitcoin is often compared to gold – some even dubbing it digital gold – because of its finite stock and its variations sometimes due to geopolitical tensions. For Goldman Sachs, whose analysts have compared the two assets on several criteria, gold is still the most recommended.

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To the disadvantage of bitcoin, Goldman thus points to the risks of piracy on cryptocurrency wallets, but also the regulatory risks, as recently in China, where the authorities put an end to the exchanges of critical currencies and ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), or network or infrastructure risks, such as that which occurred during the hard fork Bitcoin Cash this summer. The bank also emphasizes a very dense competition universe: there are more than 1,000 different cryptocurrencies.

The price of spot gold is up more than 10% this year, while bitcoin has gained 400% over the same period. Despite this return, for Goldman Sachs, gold remains the best value to maintain its purchasing power, in particular due to its low volatility: bitcoin is on average seven times more volatile than gold in 2017. The only criterion on which bitcoin wins over gold is portability (because gold bars are heavier to transport, obviously).

However, this does not prevent Goldman Sachs from addressing the issue of cryptocurrency trading, as we indicated in a previous Insider.

Bitcoin is not the new gold, Goldman Sachs says

17% of Americans now own a smart speaker, or smart speaker. But we only use them for now pretty simple things. This is one of the findings that emerges from the latest Activate study, spotted at Quartz, on how Americans use this type of product.

Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all developed speakers allowing users to place orders, listen to their voicemail messages… However, not all of its features are used. Indeed, most Americans, even those who exercise 3 times a day (referred to as super user), ask them only the most basic, namely playing music, knowing the weather outside or setting an alarm.

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Source: Atlas / activate Tech & Media Outlook 2018 Report

This poor use of features could be explained by the lack of skills on how the speaker works. 65% of users have not developed the knowledge necessary to exploit all of the tool’s offers. For example, it is possible to download third-party applications, which only 35% of users do.

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Source: Atlas / Activate Tech & Media Outlook 2018

People aren’t using smart speakers to do anything particularly smart

The Demotivator group, social media for millennials, will co-produce a 360 video program with the company Digital Immersion for its Voyages vertical, Jetlag.

This program, aptly named Panorama, will offer a 360 ° video once a month, to discover remote parts of the world or exceptional travel experiences. Panorama will be broadcast exclusively on the Jetlag Facebook page. This vertical was launched in January 2017, after the verticals (Demotivateur Food) and decoration (L’Atelier) and has 300 million videos viewed to date.

To see a preview tease, it’s here (and for those who have two left hands, including me, we navigate in the video by clicking and dragging the image on a computer, or by rotating the screen of his mobile).

First issue of Panorama from October 19 on the Jetlag Facebook page.

Demotivator, infotainment social media targeting millennials, has 350 million videos viewed in August across all its verticals and a community of more than 4.5 million subscribers (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Digital Immersion is a French video agency specializing in the production of 360 ° content, with ten years of experience, and references such as Paris 2024, L’Occitane, Nasa, Club Med …