The onslaught of products with artificial intelligence has begun. With it, comes the clamour of offerings from businesses new and old. Some applications are free (eg. chatGPT), others embedded into old products to bring them new life (eg. Bing). A variety of solutions exist for businesses (e.g. from AWS) to create AI embedded or powered products. Other companies sell components… Read More »Are AI Chips Really an important Thing?
There are many sources1 that explain why language generative AI chatbots make things up, or hallucinate. It’s more fun to hallucinate why AI hallucinates. AI hallucinates because: Fake news. AI observes current human traditions of communication, and sees fake news is prevalent. Assuming it is standard practice, it infuses its communications with fake news, at the frequency observed in human communications.… Read More »Why AI lies (wrong answers only).
It’s a fertile time, early summer, for flowers, vegetables, and ideas. The lull between the end of the school year and the abandon of serious thought for summer recreation is like that. Eventually discipline beckons, actually insists, structured thinking begin for preparations to teach in the fall. For now, my every thought turns to … solving whatever problem is before… Read More »Entrepreneurial Urges.
As the topic that won’t go away, I need to ponder Netflix’s decision to clamp down on password sharing. When it was first discussed about a year ago, I took it in stride, thinking it was a perfectly reasonable things to do. Netflix sells a single membership, meaning to an individual or family. Customers shouldn’t expect to share their password… Read More »Password Sharing: Easy Viewing. Hard Business.
Recently, I’ve been enjoying Twitter, even though many disparaging things have been said about it, including on Twitter. What makes a viable social media business? Social media platforms have been around for a couple decades. Sensibly, the industry has fragmented into recognizable target audiences. LinkedIn stayed professional, Instagram remains visually oriented, Tiktok skyrocketed to infamy from its carefree teen audience.… Read More »Good Social Media Business
This consumer is frothing mad and it’s the fault of bad AI. Or bad programming, which inevitably has AI on or about its person. I ordered something from another country that I couldn’t source at home. This was on a reputable platform but the delivery turned into an unfortunate sequence of events. My order was received, processed, and arrived in… Read More »How not to let Automated Systems deliver customer service.
From the buzz over the past month, it seems the natural language information AI, chatGPT, and its bretheren artificial intelligence thingies, will write all student essays, assignments, literary art, songs, marketing materials, letters to editors etc. in the future. Maybe. My next step in the understanding this brave new technology was reading the terms and conditions of use1 from OpenAI, creator… Read More »AI that Writes like Us. Regulated.
Having neatly divided the beer industry into two customer segments (beer drinkers and beer connoisseurs), my model has eroded. The more I think (or maybe drink), it seems like this model may be too simplistic for the current situation. The last post contemplated the way the beer product is changing. This included: Now I’m trying to get my head around… Read More »Maybe Beer isn’t so Complicated.
Having neatly divided the beer industry into two customer segments (beer drinkers and beer connoisseurs), I fear my model is eroding, based on recent observations. A business strategist might wonder where the Ontario beer industry is going. First, I’m going to tackle product changes. Recent changes: Single serving size is heading upwards. The ~500ml portion, aka tall cans, which bear… Read More »Beer. It’s Complicated.
Something odd is going on in the beer industry in Ontario, or somewhere near me. Over the past few years, ok decades, craft beers and microbreweries have erupted in every abandoned warehouse, waterfront, log cabin, or vacation spot. All to the beer lover’s delight. Or to this beer lover’s dismay, because it’s confused a previously mature industry. What’s not to… Read More »Havin’ a Beer. It’s Complicated.