Amazon plans to open six more cashierless Go stores

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Amazon.com plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, Recode reported. The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle, where the first and only Amazon Go store opened to the public last month. Source: Seattle Times Date: February 23rd, 2018 Link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-plans-to-open-six-more-cashierless-go-stores-recode-says/ Discussion 1) Why is Amazon doing this? 2) What could… Read more »

Uber to share data to help ease city congestion

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Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing.  It will provide data on dozens of cities from next month.  Uber’s transportation data could help cities to improve traffic flow.  The controversial app-based taxi service had previously… Read more »

Changing Minds Where It Mattered

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MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO and founder of Facebook is trying hard to convince everyone that Facebook had no nefarious role in the 2016 US Presidential election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the… Read more »

Analyzing Social Data to Understand the US Electorate

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Networked Insights analytics engine Kairos processes unstructured data from millions of sites, blogs, and social platforms like Twitter and Tumblr. Billions of public posts are then analyzed and classified across 25,000 topics, emotions, and demographics—turning noisy social data into insights. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/faq-analyzing-social-data-understand-us-electorate/ Discussion 1) “We built 4 metrics: Awareness, Positivity, Negativity… Read more »

Waterloo’s Jack Zhang uses computer program to help co-write horror film script

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The next movie you go to see on the big screen may have a computer in the credits as a writer, thanks to Waterloo’s Jack Zhang.  The University of Waterloo graduate and computer programmer has created the first ever feature-length film that has been co-written with a computer. Source: CBC News Date: September 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/jack-zhang-impossible-things-computer-writes-film-script-1.3768965 Discussion… Read more »

Dust-sized ‘fitbits’ offer new way to monitor the body from within

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Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions, including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics. Source: CBC Date: September 20th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fitness-sensors-tiny-wireless-1.3751021 Discussion 1) The ability to monitor at such small scale could have a myriad… Read more »

Using heat mapping to see where people are

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This technology allows someone to accurately map where, and for how long, a person is. Source: CNN Date: August 25th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/08/15/shopping-tracking-technology.cnnmoney Discussion 1) Where else might this sort of technology be really useful? 2) If you were buying this technology for your company, what sorts of concerns might you have?