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It’s Not a Car, It’s Your Driving Entertainment Screen

Dec. 12, 2018

The way auto manufacturers are pushing you'll start seeing autonomous vehicles on the road to replace gas guzzlers and save lives before you know it. Okay maybe they really want to start recovering their heavy investments but they will provide environmental/life saving benefits. There's a lot of people standing on the side of the road to ride along. But we were a little puzzled at this year's SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) conference when Hollywood was so interested in them. Turns out the two parties think the best thing a person can do while sitting in traffic is to enjoy a show/movie (and ads). Suppose it beat getting some real work done after time is your time.
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M&E Industry Can Make Change, Inclusion the New Norm

Dec. 5, 2018

It's sometimes difficult for 50 percent of the world's population to realize that the best man for a job is a woman especially in the M&E industry where the success of video storytelling is all about tapping into the emotions of people. Perhaps that's why the #MeToo movement spread so rapidly around the globe. But filmmakers don't just like to point out problems they prefer to show they can be words and actions. While change isn't always easy - in fact it's often disruptive - but diversity and inclusion is taking place. All we need to do is keep delivering great content and leading by example.
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Sophia the Robot attending 2018 Revolution Against Aging and Death (RAADfest) Conference

Dec. 1, 2018

It was certainly a big and pleasant surprise to meet Sophia the Robot and its chief scientist Dr. Ben Goertzel from Hanson Robotics at the 2018 RAADfest Conference in San Diego, California. RADDfest (which stands for Revolution Against Aging and Death) is an annual conference where practical and cutting-edge methods ...
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Expanding the Opportunities for the Total Video Ecosystem

Nov. 28, 2018

Filmmakers face two huge hurdles in getting their stories in front of the eager people who simply can't seem to get enough video content - finding the money for the project and finding the right outlet who will get the video story in front of the right viewers. Bringing together the right team for the project and doing the work seems almost a snap compared to the hurdles...even for the biggest names in the industry. Everyone focuses on the "big name" providers and distributors and we wonder why they don't see the value of the project and the hungry audience they need to help satisfy. Of course viewers face similar challenges in finding unique, special, great content that will ring their chimes since Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney and everyone else is only interested in getting viewers for their content. But even fairytales have a happy ending...eventually
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People Can’t Pass Off the Responsibility of their Cybersecurity

Nov. 21, 2018

Hacking and cybercrime have become such everyday occurances that people are seldom shocked to hear that 5-10 million personal records have been stolen or that someone, somewhere is spreading bugs/malware that can render their computer, smartphone, tablet, TV or connected device/system useless. One of the best paying and most thankless jobs to have in an organization is that of cybersecurity. You can put all of the safeguards in place, set up rigid user guidelines and rules but it is difficult to think four steps ahead like a cybercriminal or be as casual as the enduser when it comes to handling corporate and his/her personal data. Clicking on the wrong link or visiting the wrong site is something only a person can do. Bad guys/gals know if they make it sound real or too good to be true someone will let them into their device and BAM!
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Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media

Nov. 20, 2018

by Krystina Madej Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media,November 4-6, 2018. Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ The conference started on a perfect fall day – blue sky, crisp air, leaves falling from multi-hued trees to create a carpet of color. The Inn at Lambertville ...
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From Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework by Dr. Mik Kersten

Nov. 20, 2018

by Dr. Mik Kersten Today, enterprise organizations are attempting to use managerial mechanisms from previous ages to direct software delivery in this one. IT and software delivery costs have been growing for decades, yet our organizations do not have adequate visibility or understanding of what is now one of the ...
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Changing the Flow of Content from Inception to Consumption

Nov. 14, 2018

People let AI (augmented intelligence) assist them every day in hundreds of ways without even realizing that the assistant is there. But we didn't really think it had a place in the creative video storytelling process until we considered the total film/show production process at this year's SMPTE. With tight production schedules and budgets facing every member of the creative team as well as the increasing complexity of projects filmmakers need an assistant who can juggle a myriad of numb and dumb minor details quickly, accurately without complaint. AI is becoming increasingly valuable to filmmakers so they can focus on the creative details to tell the best possible video story. AI lacks the emotions necessary to tell the story but it can reassure the filmmaker that she/he has done the job right to involve and effect the viewer. And that's what makes all of the work worth doing.
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Leading The Way in Discussions for National Privacy Laws

Nov. 13, 2018

By Matt Dumiak Business and consumers continue to discuss privacy regulations and legislation.  Data breaches, data vulnerabilities, and compromised private information is released in the news almost daily.  Legislation has recently been proposed for individual states regarding data privacy regulations head-on.  Virginia, Vermont, Colorado, and New Jersey have all introduced ...
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5 Most Unknown Privacy Dangers

Nov. 7, 2018

by Greg Sparrow Now more than ever before, “big data” is a term that is widely used by businesses and consumers alike.  Consumers have begun to better understand how their data is being used, but many fail to realize the hidden dangers in every day technology.  From smart phones, to ...
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