Enrique Valdez

1,441 Flips | 19 Magazines | 274 Likes | 8 Following | 337 Followers | @Enriquevl | Inspired by Innovations in Music Technology, AI and Virtual Reality. Co-founder of G&S, Cloud Computing and Digital Transformation consulting firm.

Content marketing industry to be worth $412bn by 2021 following four-year growth spurt

The global content marketing industry is projected to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 16% according to the latest market research forecast to …

Songkick To Shutter In November

Songkick, which allowed artists to sell tickets directly to fans, said in the letter that they plan to continue their lawsuit against Live Nation and …

Microsoft CEO on Elon Musk's AI Fears: AI Could Be Humanity's Greatest Invention

Count Microsoft Inc. (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella as part of the camp that's embracing the future of artificial intelligence.<p>The tech titan has an …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Gave the Best Leadership Advice in 7 Words | Inc.com

Well, I have to admit one thing today:<p>I underestimated what Satya Nadella could do for Microsoft.<p>Not only was it losing to its biggest competitors, there was a lot of infighting.<p>But Nadella turned things around.<p>Under his leadership, Microsoft did an amazing comeback: their market value jumped by …

Satya Nadella

Microsoft is crafting a quantum computing language

Microsoft is helping move us toward the future holy grail of quantum computing with the creation of a computing language that can run on a quantum computer. The company sees this as a fundamental step toward computers that are built on a "qubit," rather than a "bit," foundation.<p>Quantum computing …

United Nations opens new centre in Netherlands to monitor artificial intelligence and predict possible threats<p>The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence.<p>From the risk of mass …

The Future

The maker of one AI hedge fund panicked when he couldn't explain how it made money (NVDA, AMD)

Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s but is exploding in popularity recently, especially in the world of finance.<p>The idea that an investor can do a bit of programming, and then sit back to watch the profits roll in is an exciting idea, especially when it works. But according to a …

‘Netflix for theaters’ sending industry into a frenzy

Mitch Lowe has created a monster fit for the big screen.<p>The chief executive of MoviePass took a sleepy, little-known, 20,000-member movie …

IBM’s Watson AI is learning to understand nuance and context

IBM is blazing a trail when it comes to how robots interact with humans. The company recently upgraded its Watson AI with a ‘Tone Analyzer’ service that allows it to understand nuance and tone of text. By analyzing word choice, emoji use, and context the AI is learning to understand how we talk to …

Google Maps Is Working With Florida to Help Evacuees Get Away From Hurricane Irma

As cars flood the roads in a bid to outrun Hurricane Irma, Google Maps and the state of Florida are working together to make it easier for any …

This sleep mask has built-in headphones—and it's magic

Insomniacs (and SO's of loud sleepers) rejoice.<p>You’re about to receive a powerful ally in your eternal struggle for a good night’s sleep. The Sleep …

Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free | Inc.com

When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that technical expertise was less important than less-sexy attributes like consistency, …

Goal Setting

Walter Becker, Steely Dan Co-Founder, Dead at 67

Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67.<p>Related<p>Read …

Music

Facebook’s AI assistant will now offer suggestions inside Messenger

Starting on iOS and Android in the US<p>Facebook’s AI assistant, known simply as M, will now pop into your Messenger chat windows to suggest actions it can take on your behalf, the company announced today. The feature is rolling out to iOS and Android users in the US, with a broader expansion around …

Chatbots. We are wasting away possibly the most effective weapon in our arsenal.

Chatbots. We are wasting away the most effective weapon in our arsenal.<p>We are all building chatbots. But are we building them the right way? Or …

Want To Build A Chatbot For Your Company? Three Reasons Why You Should Do It In 2017.

<i>“Pretty soon every business will have its own chatbot!”</i><p>The Power of Human Interaction<p>In the frantic times in which we find ourselves, people want a …

Customer Service

Smart Notes for Building a Featured Bot

Hello, botmakers! Have you considered building a featured bot in the near future? I will try to share the most valuable insights from my chatbot …

Chatbots

This Brazilian Streaming Music Player Is Challenging Spotify, Using Chatbots - Content Loop

Disrupting the streaming music market is extremely difficult to do, given the entrenched positions of Pandora and Spotify in the world market. But …

Chatbot mortgage broker Habito raises £18.5m

Europe's biggest venture capital fund has invested in a British tech start-up that replaces high street mortgage brokers with an online chatbot.<p>Habito, which helps home buyers find a loan by asking a series of questions and scanning the market, has raised £18.5m in an investment round led by …

10 Data Acquisition Strategies for Startups

<b>By Moritz Mueller-Freitag, Eleven Strategy</b>.<p>The “unreasonable effectiveness” of data for machine-learning applications has been widely debated over …

Machine Learning

Data is the New Oil

Data has supplanted oil as the fuel for creating big business value<p>When I give talks on data strategy and AI strategy, <b>I talk about data being the new</b> …

Innovation

An Israeli entrepreneur thinks 'Kik is not doing great today' but invested in its $50 million ICO presale anyway

Israeli entrepreneur and investor Moshe Hogeg invested in messaging app Kik ahead of its $125 million (£97 million) initial coin offering — despite thinking the messaging app is "not doing great today."<p>Hogeg, best known as a cofounder of Yo! and a host of other startups, told Business Insider he …

A company building the YouTube of virtual reality music highlights the biggest issue with VR

But that what MelodyVR is building — a virtual reality (VR) platform that lets you watch concerts from the "unobtainable seat in the house," right on stage, up close and extremely personal.<p>In reality though, it doesn't work like that. In the British company's Camden, North London offices in August, …

Leaked Surface Mini images provide a closer look at Microsoft’s canceled tablet

Surface Mini images leaked earlier this year, and now we’re getting an even closer look at Microsoft’s canceled tablet. Evan Blass has published marketing images for the Surface Mini, revealing a red rubber case with a kickstand and full specifications. The Surface Mini was reportedly a 7.5-inch …

There's a huge new update coming to Windows 10 on October 17th

The name is a seasonal play on the Creators Update, a similar expansion that came out in April. Like its predecessor, the Fall Creators Update brings few large changes to the 500 million Windows 10 PCs out there, but lots of smaller new improvements and updates.<p>Headlining the package is Windows …

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Microsoft wants you to upgrade to a new Surface every 18 months

Microsoft is making Surface products easier to buy and upgrade, with a new monthly financing plan called Surface Plus.<p>With the Surface Plus plan, customers in the US can now own expensive products such as the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio, and pay them off with a …

Customers

The Current State Of AI: Artificial Intelligence In Music, Movies & More

<i>Guest post by Thomas Euler of Attention Econo.me</i><p>This series is part two of my <b>guide through the field of computational creativity for practitioners</b> …

TheWaveVR is a mesmerizing, trippy take on the future of music festivals

If the prospect of joining a virtual music festival and dancing around in a VR headset and controllers sounds pretty geeky… you’re not wrong.<p>But it’s also, like, incredible.<p>TheWaveVR will remind you of drugs even if you’ve never done drugs and will probably also make you want to do drugs.<p>The …

A blockchain explanation your parents could understand

It's happening in an increasingly frequent manner: "Jamie, explain this blockchain stuff to me. I've read a bunch of articles and I'm no wiser." The …

Blockchain