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Are you ready for networked TV?

With the debut of Thursday Night Football on Amazon last week, we passed by a major milestone on our journey from network to networked TV. Amazon enjoyed a record number of Prime signups (the actual number has not been disclosed), and they got their products and services in front of a gigantic audience. It was a big win for Amazon. Continue Reading →
If you're wondering what a non-NFT digital collectible is, just ask Sony. According to PlayStation.com, "PlayStation Stars will feature a new type of rewards called digital collectibles. They are digital representations of all the things that PlayStation fans enjoy, including figurines of beloved and iconic characters from games and other forms of entertainment, as well as cherished devices that tap into Sony’s history of innovation." Continue Reading →

How many avatars will I need?

Greetings from LGA Terminal C, Gate 63. I'm on my way to Syracuse University to teach my class IRL (as opposed to on Zoom). While walking the mile and a half to the gate, I imagined my avatar doing this same walk in a virtual world. Or, more succinctly, I imagined my physical self walking through a mixed reality airport experience. Continue Reading →

Understanding “The Merge”

Ethereum
The most significant event in the short history of Web3 will most likely occur on September 15, 2022. That’s when Ethereum, the largest smart contract blockchain (with the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap), is now scheduled to enact an existential operational change. If it fails, “The Merge,” as it is colloquially called, is almost sure to take the crypto markets down with it. But even if The Merge is 100 percent successful, it will come with profound implications regarding censorship, regulation, and the future of money. Continue Reading →

Common Sense vs. Censorship

Each of these stories raises questions we all think we know the answers to. Where is the line between common sense and censorship? What lengths should the government go to to protect human lives? When is it appropriate for a platform or telecom carrier to block access to its network? Continue Reading →

AI and Art

AI generated Théâtre D'opéra Spatial
Jason M. Allen's piece "Théâtre D'opéra Spatial" recently won first prize at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition in the category of "digital arts/digitally-manipulated photography." It was created using an AI image generator known as Midjourney and the human competitors are furious. Should they be? Continue Reading →
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and the Digital Media Association announced a settlement with streaming services for certain mechanical streaming rates in the U.S. for the years 2023-2027: 15.35%. Continue Reading →

Television Disrupted

According to a Nielsen report, "Streaming claims largest piece of TV viewing pie in July," we have reached the inevitable future I (and many others) predicted 17 years ago when I put pen to paper. Continue Reading →
Cosmo AI Cover
Want to know how fast virtual worlds are going to appear? TikTok recently added a new effect called "AI greenscreen." Users type a description, then the AI does its best to interpret the prose and output an image that can be used as a background for a TikTok video. Continue Reading →
Whenever someone is struggling with the multitude of streaming services available on their smart devices, someone inevitably starts to wax poetic about the convenience of cable and the good ol' days (which everyone complained bitterly about back then, BTW). Continue Reading →

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