AI is like Lego

AI is like Lego
👋 Hi, I am Mark. I am a strategic futurist and innovation keynote speaker. I advise governments and enterprises on emerging technologies such as AI or the metaverse. My subscribers receive a free weekly newsletter on cutting-edge technology.

Good Day! This is my weekly newsletter, with a dose of insights into the future. The topic of this newsletter is the exponential times we live in, hence the title of f(x) = e^x, which is the (natural) exponential function.

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Why You Should Hire a Chief AI Now

My latest article:

Artificial Intelligence is like Lego; to build something nice, you need to combine the right pieces in the right way. Different algorithms have different strengths and weaknesses and the Chief AI should manage the process of offsetting the weakness of one AI with the strengths of another algorithm and vice versa. So, for an organisation to become an algorithmic business, it is more about the application of artificial intelligence rather than the development of new tools and reinventing the wheel, which is why your organisation needs to hire a Chief AI.

Three Useful Nuggets of Information

My weekly tips from around the web to get you thinking.

1. Mic check: please repeat after me.

For AI to mimic a human voice, it used to require hours of recordings of the person talking. No anymore. Chinese AI researchers have revealed their upgraded Deep Voice Ai that can cone any voice by listening to a few seconds of audio and the more it hears, the better it can mimic your voice. (Arxiv)

2. ICOs are the new IPO. Ehm, not so sure.

In 2017, 46% of all companies that did an ICO, and who raised a combined $104 million, have already failed. Of the 902 ICOs in 2017, 418 have failed since then, either due to taking the money and running or slowly fading into obscurity. It may be clear that we quickly need regulations to protect investors and prevent ICO scams. (

3. The EU is challenging tech giants to seize overseas data.

The European Union is working on legislation that will enable the EU to seize customer data of overseas tech giants, even if this data is stored outside the EU. Also, the United States has such regulations and currently there is a legal battle going on where the US wants to force Microsoft to hand-over emails stored on Irish servers. (Reuters)


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