DataDownload: Netflix’s champagne-soaked F1 home run A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Ok, lets be honest — this day is never easy. If you experienced 9/11, if you lost someone you loved, if you helped with the clean up, if you went to war, or if you have had a sense over the past 20 years that some of the basic tenets of our Democracy were being fractured in the name of safety. The Atlantic nails it in this powerful piece, so that’s enough to say here.

October 6th…


Innovation Monitor: Brains and Computers

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

This week’s we’re diving into a fairly complex, but important topic: Can we build computers modeled with the power of the human brain. In the past decade, we’ve already seen major advances in neural networks that are built on systems that mimic elements of the neurons that compose our brain.

In the past year, we’ve all seen the power of innovation at the cellular level. The COVID-19 vaccines were propelled ahead by mRNA technology and the entire field of synthetic…


Reserve your discounted Early Bird Tix for Summit 2021! Join us online on Oct 6–7 to explore the future of media & tech View this email in your browser

New York City’s tech and media sectors have been fielding many curveballs. And yet, in the face of disruption we continue to innovate, no matter how uncertain the future may seem at times. In the spirit of endless innovation and exploration, NYC Media Lab is thrilled to host “Summit 2021: Future Imperfect” from October 6–7, 2021.

Our two-day online conference will once again bring together 1,000+ virtual attendees from NYC Media…


DataDownload: What’s your type? The dark side of personality testing A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Myers-Briggs. You know me, I’m ENFJ-A. The Guardian has a great piece about the test, and how — it may in fact be — nonsense. But then again, I like reading my horoscope too. Then, we travel to the Metaverse — and the potential for it to be beautiful if it’s built right.

Facebook owns up to the fact that political content in its newsfeed may be bad for users. Ok, now what…


DataDownload: OnlyFans owns your hustle A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Today, a newsletter full of… news.

First up, OnlyFans. Great Vanity Fair piece about user-generated porn, and the crazy battle to keep bankers and customers happy. The Center for Media Engagement has a great piece on anonymity and responsibility. Then, we check out Hacker News… and its predictive powers. NY Mag has a great story on the arrest of the 25th most powerful radio host (didn’t know there was radio power ranking).

Not that you should feel…


DataDownload: Afghans scramble to delete life online A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Imagine if everything you posted online was being used to review your politics, your allegiances, and your beliefs. And, the people who were reviewing it — might well want to hunt you down and kill you. The Wired UK post we’ve linked to is important for all of us no matter where in the world you are.

Pause.

Meanwhile, back in our tech-centered world, NPR is tracking diversity in real time. That’s good…


Innovation Monitor: Facebook and the research ecosystem

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

Launched last year, Ad Observer anonymously collects ad data from users’ Facebook accounts, in order to better understand the spread of disinformation. Here’s their presentation during NYC Media Lab’s 2020 Summit. Earlier this month, Facebook suspended the accounts of NYU researchers Laura Edelson and Damon McCoy behind the Ad Observer extension. To many, this attempt to suppress open research reflects the social media platform’s sense of impunity.

This week, we dive into what happened, what was the internal…


DataDownload: Can Salesforce be the Netflix of content marketing? A weekly summary of all things Media, Data, Emerging Tech View this email in your browser

Some weeks, the newsletter is easy. Other times it’s hard. This week it’s complicated. Yes, the Salesforce Netflix-of-biz-content story is interesting, the creator economy strikes a cord, and AI Powered Codex is fascinating… but the non-tech news of the world is hard to ignore. Fires burning in California, the danger of climate change on our doorstep, and the rapid sweep of the Taliban in Afghanistan all overwhelm our newsfeeds. Meanwhile, the resurgence of Covid in…


Innovation Monitor: How nature is inspiring technology

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Monitor.

The first and second Industrial Revolutions brought about an exploitative paradigm that’s going strong nearly 200 years later: extracting natural resources, processing these resources using enormous amounts of fossil-fuel-based energy, and in turn releasing CO2 emissions that have steadily warmed the planet over the past century. Nature has been a resource rather than a co-worker.

But things have changed over the past two decades. We’ve been hearing about plummeting clean energy costs for years, and have solid data…


Early Bird Tix Now Available for Summit 2021: Future Imperfect Plus, NYCML Welcomes Matt MacVey as Community & Project Lead View this email in your browser

Welcome to the August edition of the NYC Media Lab newsletter.

We’re excited to welcome Matt MacVey to the Media Lab. Matt has been a longtime member of our community, and now he’s going to lead our AI for Local News initiative we’ll be launching in the fall. Matt’s enthusiasm and passion for innovation is infectious, and we’re looking forward to doing great things together.

We’re all working on planning the upcoming…

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