Machines don’t complain. Machines don’t get sick. Machines don’t ask for a raise. Machines don’t get tired. Machines don’t take lunch. Machines can perform complex tasks – including surgical operations and making investment decisions. Perhaps most importantly – with the advent of machine learning – machines perpetually remain on the learning curve. The old axiom … Continue reading Humans Will Lead The Machine Age
Human Capital is Key “It’s people! Soylent Green is people!” shouted Charlton Heston’s Robert Thorn in 1973’s Soylent Green. Fast forward 45 years and people remain central to the process. Although the process we refer to isn’t recycled human foodstuff but rather the global economy where Intellectual Capital provides economic sustenance and Human Capital is … Continue reading It’s People! It’s People!
Yes if You Ask Us While AT&T moving to acquire Time Warner and Disney (and Comcast?) moving to acquire Fox are interesting deals, it’s more interesting to us what the next chess move may be in a world that increasingly values content (live sports and premium original content in particular). We recently wrote about and … Continue reading Is Apple Disney’s End Game?
It’s fun to speculate. What if Google parent company Alphabet were to acquire Walmart in an effort to better compete with Amazon? One of the advantages that Amazon has in an AI-driven world is a fully integrated retail experience. Amazon customers may speak buy orders into their Alexa-powered smart device - “re-order paper towels” - … Continue reading What if Alphabet Were to Acquire Walmart in an Effort to Better Compete with Amazon?Premium
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Price pressure in the AI-powered Smart Speaker market. Amazon is the catalyst with price reductions to its Alexa-powered Amazon Echo product line. Google Home and Apple (HomePod) are forced to react. Read the WSJ article here: Amazon Echo Prices Turn Smart-Speaker Market On Its Ear
I have previously been critical of Apple’s AI effort. Siri lags both Google and Amazon (Alexa) in terms of speed and accuracy. Apple’s Shazam acquisition is good for consumers in that it bundles a service people enjoy with Apple Music. More importantly, the acquisition will drive more Siri queries – something Siri needs to get … Continue reading Apple’s Acquisition of Shazam Will Benefit Siri
Cinemark's new subscription service - Movieclub - is a good start, however bolder steps are required. Theater owner/ operators must take a bold, creative approach toward mitigating the risk associated with the global mega-trend that is in-home viewing. Listen to our recent CEORater Podcast on the subject: Movieclub subscription service details: - $8.99 per month; … Continue reading Cinemark Subscription Offering a Good First Step. Bolder Steps Are Required.
Amazon's straight-through-processing ("STP") retail experience provides the company with an edge vs. Google in the AI war: Visual output from our Amazon Alexa query - "Buy Amazon Echo": Consumers may execute the purchase transaction with one or two instructions. This is true for millions of products sold via Amazon's retail platform. Amazon provides consumers with … Continue reading Amazon’s Retail Experience Provides the Company with an Edge vs. Google in the AI War.
AT&T Ought to Be Allowed to Acquire Time Warner "As Is" AT&T (T) ought to be allowed to acquire Time Warner (TWX) “as is” (earlier today AT&T extended the deal close deadline to April 22 2018). It is puzzling why the Justice Department would push back on the deal. We recently covered the topic in … Continue reading AT&T’s Proposed Acquisition of Time Warner – Justice Department is MisguidedPremium