The Rise and Fall of IBM

“You can’t get fired for buying IBM” was a common mantra by corporate IT Buyers. IBM was the center of gravity in the computing industry for decades. An important story to read as the current stock market extrapolates current growth rates to continue far out into the future. Interesting tidbit.  During the 1970’s IBM’s profits tripled, yet the stock barely appreciated. 

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Author: The Diff. Read Time: 13 min

The Digital Renaissance: How NFTs and Social Tokens Will Unlock the Creator Economy

NFTs and social tokens are the building blocks of a new architecture for the creator economy: NFTs are about monetizing distinct works and social tokens are about monetizing distinct identity. The NFT market might be overheated today, and things will likely cool off. But directionally, the movement is right: the technology will facilitate a long-overdue reshaping of how art is made and shared.

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Author: Digital Native Read Time: 8 min

2021 AI Index Report: Measuring Trends in Artificial Intelligence

The 2021 report shows the effects of COVID-19 on AI development from multiple perspectives. The Technical Performance chapter discusses how an AI startup used machine-learning-based techniques to accelerate COVID-related drug discovery during the pandemic, and the Economy chapter suggests that AI hiring and private investment were not significantly adversely influenced by the pandemic, as both grew during 2020.

If anything, COVID-19 may have led to a higher number of people participating in AI research conferences, as the pandemic forced conferences to shift to virtual formats, which in turn led to significant spikes in attendance.

Author: Stanford HAI Read: 45 min.


Sunday Bonus: With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story explores the vivid life and imagination of Stan Lee, the 94-year-old comic book legend who co-created over 500 legendary pop culture characters including Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and The Hulk.

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