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More frightening is a future in which our smart TVs can watch us back. Years ago, I saw a security demo for a program that could be used by spy agencies to track people’s eyes as they read words on a screen. The primary purpose was to ensure that only the intended recipient could read a decrypted message, but the software could also monitor pupil movement and dilation, facial movements, and heartbeat speed to determine if viewers were engaged, nervous, excited, and so on. Could that same technology be applied to an audience watching a TV show? Already, Netflix tracks which show icons you linger on, and adjusts how they are presented to maximize the likelihood that you will click. Now imagine a world in which Netflix and its ilk can literally see when you get bored, if a joke works or falls flat, if a scene isn’t exciting enough, and so on.

During a recent meeting at one of the big studios, I heard about a technology that is analyzing the way award-winning movies and TV shows are edited, and exploring if a computer can edit content with the same precision. You come home from work and say, “Hey, Alexa, make me a personalized comedy with a female lead set in New York that is 16 minutes long so I can watch it before dinner.” Then, like magic, that’s what you’re watching.

Source: Boston Dynamics Enters Warehouse Robots Market, Acquires Kinema Systems – IEEE Spectrum

Source: IBM AI can predict with 95 percent accuracy which employees will quit

“IBM’s bet is that the future of work is one in which a machine understands the individual better than the HR individual can alone.”

Source: The Meaning of Life in a World without Work – The Guardian – Pocket

Source: What Silicon Valley gets wrong about universal basic income – The Washington Post

Source: Silicon Valley’s grand experiment in jobs means employees are the guinea pigs – The Washington Post