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Xbox & NFTs

Regarding NFTs, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of gaming, told Axios, "I think there's a lot of speculation and experimentation that's happening, and that some of the creative that I see today feels more exploitive than about entertainment." Continue Reading →
While reading this story on vice.com about Universal Music Group (UMG) -- the powerhouse label that represents Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Jay-Z -- forming an NFT band made up of cartoon ape JPEGs “owned” by some guy, it has become clear that the NFT hype bubble has inflated beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Continue Reading →

The Deepest Deepfake of All

The interviewer asked, "Is that image real"? There's no way to tell. "What about this video?" It's hard to say. "You can't tell if that's real or fake either." No. Not without analyzing it. "Well, what about the prose? Did a human write this sentence?" It's possible, but it would not surprise me to learn that it was machine generated. "What about the voice in the video?" It's sonically perfect. I'd say 60/40 it's a machine, but I'd need to hear a few more sentences to be sure. "So, what you're saying is that I can't trust my eyes or my ears?" Yes. That's what I'm saying. "Is this the end of truth?" Continue Reading →

Fixing Facebook

Facebook Broken
If you were Mark Zuckerberg and you wanted to get ahead of potential government regulation of your business, what would you fix first? Would you try to curtail social media addiction, protect privacy, reduce mental health risks, reduce weaponized information, eliminate hate speech, flag misinformation, deal with data governance, or address some other seemingly intractable problem? Here's what I'd fix first. Continue Reading →

NFTs and Movies

Zero Contact, a new thriller starring Anthony Hopkins, is set to become the first NFT feature film released on Vuele, which calls itself "the premier direct-to-consumer, feature-length film viewing and distribution platform delivering feature-length films and digital collectible entertainment content as NFTs." Continue Reading →

Is Adam Aron a cryptomaniac?

AMC Entertainment chairman-CEO Adam Aron tweeted that in addition to Bitcoin (BTC), the chain will expand its crypto acceptance plans to include Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) for U.S. movie tickets and concessions ordered online by the end of the year, which again raises a very personal question: How do I feel about buying a slice of pizza and a Diet Coke with four (4) bitcoins back in April 2011? Continue Reading →
Nielsen has been part of the answer to most of these questions for as long as anyone can remember. Yesterday, the Media Rating Council (MRC), a third-party industry watchdog, officially suspended its accreditation of Nielsen. Said differently, the MRC no longer trusts some of Nielsen's numbers. Can you? Continue Reading →

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