Alexandra Kubrak

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'An Acceptable Risk': Why Smirnoff's Trump-Trolling Didn't Backfire

Smirnoff 's outdoor ads trolling Donald Trump scored an approval rating that would make the president jealous. The billboards -- which began popping …

3 Things You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana, Inc. Stock

Medical Marijuana, Inc. stock's past, present, and potential future.<p>There's probably no marijuana stock with a better name than <b>Medical Marijuana, …

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Machine Learning

From Ancient Greece, Lessons On The Risk Of A Modern, Accidental War

To consider the dangers in America's future, let's go back more than 2,000 years to ancient Greece. Sparta was the established power, but Athens was rising fast. Sparta wanted to preserve its status, while Athens felt it should be dominant.<p>The result was a disastrous conflict that ravaged both …

Geopolitics

'They sleep when they're too hungry': South Sudanese trapped by war, famine grow increasingly desperate

The disaster will be 'ongoing without peace,’ UN official says of food shortages in region beset by civil war<p>The man on the ground in the big blue …

How Vice Media cut page-load time by 50 percent in six months - Digiday

For all the hype behind fancy products like VR, AI and bots, one would think that something as seemingly low tech as getting a page to load quickly …

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

ARM's latest CPUs are ready for an AI-powered future

ARM processor technology already powers many of the devices you use every day, and now the company is showing off its plans for the future with DynamIQ. Aimed squarely at pushing the artificial intelligence and machine learning systems we're expecting to see in cars, phones, gaming consoles and …

A Japanese ad agency invented an AI creative director — and ad execs preferred its ad to a human's

LONDON — In 2015, ad agency McCann Japan's creative planner Shun Matsuzaka set himself a task he called the "creative genome project": he wanted to create the world's first AI creative director, capable of directing a TV commercial.<p>And last week, Matsuzaka showed off his creation at the UK …

Advertising

Is Kevin O'Leary really serious about his promises?

From drones and referendums to high growth and ousting premiers, it’s time to take a closer look at what the Tory leadership front-runner is actually …

AI’s PR Problem - MIT Technology Review

HBO’s <i>Westworld</i> features a common plot device—synthetic hosts rising up against their callous human creators. But is it more than just a plot twist? …

Artificial Intelligence

2017: The Age of AI in Advertising

Thanks to the growth of the internet and rapid advancement of technology, the advertising world has seen incredible innovation and change.<p>This year, …

Artificial Intelligence

NHS to use Uber and startup Cera for at-home patient care

Healthcare startup Cera is teaming up with Uber to deliver patient care on the NHS' behalf. The service, launched in November, matches "hundreds" of carers in the UK with the people who need them most. Today, the company is announcing a partnership with the Barts Health NHS Trust -- which runs Mile …

Windows Mixed Reality arrives in Windows 10 build 15048 with a demo you can try!

From the look of the changelog for Windows 10 build 15048 that was released a few days ago to Insiders, it looked to be little more than a bug fixing …

Windows Mixed Reality

Lithium-Ion Pioneer Introduces New Battery That’s Three Times Better

94 year-old John Goodenough, one of the co-inventors of the lithium-ion battery that now powers everything from phones to Teslas, has developed a new …

Clean Energy

Tony Clement hangs up on CBC Daybreak after exchange over asylum seekers

Public safety critic takes issue with questions about RCMP posed by morning host<p>Tony Clement, the Conservative Party's public safety critic, hung up …

Watch As A Canadian News Crew Stumbles Upon A Freezing Refugee Escaping The U.S.A.

The Somali man had been lost in the cold for 21 hours.<p>Yesterday, CBC's The National shared this report of a camera crew encountering a man named …

Google Canada and Canada Media Fund to make YouTube channel promoting homegrown content

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has created a partnership with Google Canada in support of original Canadian content.<p>The collaboration will see CMF work …

India to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots in 1,050 rural villages

The Indian government will roll out free WiFi to 1,050 villages across the country in the next six months.<p>The move follows on from efforts made by …

Final Fantasy announces 30th anniversary event with games, DLC...and wine

<i>Final Fantasy</i> is anything but - since 1987, the venerated JRPG series has seen 15 core games and more than 40 spin-offs and side stories, and it's …

Facebook Is Now Letting Advertisers Compare Results Across TV, Digital and Print Campaigns

Facebook, in its ongoing quest to suck more dollars into its social maw, has launched a new information portal for marketers that the social giant …

Willie Dixon – The Greatest Blues Songwriter

He was a fixer, arranger, talent scout, boxer, performer and songwriter, who did more to shape the sound of post war Chicago blues than any other …

Branding: The Secret Sauce for Driving Demand and Controlling Price

In my last post, I talked about <i>Corporate Image</i> and how it forms the foundation of your brand. In this one, I add <i>Positioning,</i> which drives demand for each of your products and gives you control over the price you can charge. Because it gives you control over <i>Price,</i> it also gives you greater control …

I was forced to see the human cost of the refugee crisis. I wish others were too.

I was making my daily rounds across the internet at my staff writing job when I found a photo starting to go viral. It showed a man in a helmet and lifejacket gently cradling a baby. The baby’s mouth was slightly open, and the man’s lips were squeezed together in a tight straight line.<p>The man was a …

I Will Punish Whoever Made These Weird Creatures Sad

Nicole Watt's sprite-like creatures are harrowing, somber embodiments of her own subconscious.<p>Equipped with bulbous beige heads, elf-like ears, and large pupil-less eyes, Nicole Watt's creatures (or <i>Echoes</i> as she prefers to call them) convey a harrowing sadness and weariness simply through body …

Art

This polymer pill could soon drip feed drugs into your body for weeks

Robert Langer has some impressive numbers to his name. The David H Koch Institute professor at MIT has published more than 1,350 papers, patented …

Tinariwen share new song “Assawt” — listen

<i>Photo via Facebook</i><p>After being forced out of their native Mali by jihadi forces and human traffickers, the Tuareg musicians of Tinariwen found shelter …

Here Is Father John Misty’s Incredibly Long, Incredibly Awesome Explanation of What His New Album Is About

On April 7, Father John Misty returns with his new album <i>Pure Comedy</i>. He’s already shared the opening title track and a 25-minute documentary about the making of the record. The announcement was also accompanied by a nearly 2,000-word essay explaining the album’s inspiration. It begins with a quote …

Mastodon Announce New Album Emperor of Sand, Share New Song “Sultan’s Curse”: Listen

Mastodon have announced a new album, <i>Emperor of Sand</i>. The follow-up to their 2014 LP <i>Once More ’Round the Sun</i> will arrive March 31 via Reprise Records. The deluxe pre-order package includes a 2xLP 180-gram vinyl that comes in gatefold jacket, along with a second Color-In-Your-Own vinyl jacket and a …

Electronic Music

Listen to a Grimes-produced new song by Aristophanes

Aristophanes first came to prominence following her appearance on “Scream”, from Grimes’ 2015 album <i>Art Angels</i>. The Taiwanese rapper has now teamed up with Claire Boucher again for a new song titled “人為機器 (Humans Become Machines)”.<p>Debuted on Zane Lowe’s show for Beats 1 Radio yesterday, “人為機器 …

Arcade Fire