Episode 281: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss the creativity of the world’s largest display of LEGO art in New York City as well as LEGO’s new Rebuild The World campaign; the five hundred new words that were added to the dictionary; Google’s new in this video search results; John Batelle’s new Daily Recount summary of the day’s political news; the city of Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s 3D crosswalks; Descript podcasting software that lets you deep fake yourself; fears of Chinese propaganda via TikTok; the pros and cons of Echo Auto; Facebook Watch TV watching you; creating a digital will; political contributions via Amazon Echo; Facebook’s app problem;…and much, much more.
Episode 277: BL and David discuss the hacked presidential seal that satirizing 45 as a Russian puppet during a recent speech; a brilliantly creative LinkedIn post that illustrates the power of breaking expectations; OpenAI’s technology that is too dangerous to release; the Washington Post’s securing and publishing of the DEA database that tracks prescription opioid shipments; an AI app that turns your photo into a Renaissance portrait; the emerging career of audio book narration; MailChimp and Vice teaming up on Second Acts; illustrations imagining high tech brands as retro technology; House Wine and Cheez-Its in a box; Influencer scamming; Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s Google Gimmick; and much, much more.
Episode 273: BL and David discuss the Pakistani press conference that was filtered with cat ears; 3D objects and augmented reality in Google search; YouTube’s augmented advertising; Cracker Barrel’s moral stand; a robobullying parody video of Boston Scientific robots; museums installing ‘braille art’ touchable recreations of exhibits; Spotify’s Daily Drive podcast playlist and the company’s new podcast-targeted advertising; the announcement of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; an AI-generated Russian spy infiltrates LinkedIn; a deep fake Rasputin sings Beyonce; deep fake videos that are as easy to create as editing text; an algorithm that can generate an accurate portrait of a speaker based only on a sample of that speaker’s voice; Google Photos goes Driveless;…and much, much more.
Episode 272: BL and David discuss Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report; a deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg himself; Radiohead thwarts extortionists; Barney’s department store doubles as your dealer; Google Data Studio 101; VW takes its reputation cleanup seriously; Kraft rebrands ranch dressing as salad frosting; Internet-prompted evolution; thumbdrive hacking; the definition of hate speech; two popups too many;…and much, much more.
Episode 271; BL and David discuss the NYC subway landshark that went viral; drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air; Vox Media Union reaches an agreement; Boston Dynamics’ commercial Spotbot; the Obama’s partner with Spotify; Apple Podcasts transcripts; Amazon Echo’s erase feature; Instagram’s influencer ads; Google’s new search results diversity update; Counterfeits on Amazon; fear-based social media sites like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors; YouTube’s New Hate Speech Policy;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.
Episode263: BL and David discuss discuss role social media played in the Christchurch terror attack and the deliberate marketing plan the terrorist put in place to spread hate; Google Arts & Culture’s Once Upon a Try online exhibition; Beto O’Rourke’s hacker credentials; Twitter’s new prototype app, twttr; Twitter’s new podcast, Character Count; how high school kids are using Google Docs to chat with one another; the marketing flywheel; Google’s abuse-filtering Chrome extension, Tune; facial recognition training data sets; YouTube’s new augmented reality Stories; an ill-advised jaguar selfie; Reddit’s Chinese trolls;…and much, much more.
Episode 262: BL and David discuss discuss Spotify’s major embrace of podcasts with The Story of The Clash; LinkedIn’s new Hello Monday podcast; April the Giraffe’s pregnant again..and David could not give a rip; Tesla’s Easter Egg troll; BBC’s article chatbots; Buffer’s vertical video report; a Texas school teacher’s Facebook Live bedtime stories; Apple’s AR Glasses; Microsoft’s HoloLens 2; pharmafluencers; Sealioning; The Great Toilet Paper Controversy of 2019 featuring Walmart and Cottonelle; racist self-driving cars; deceptive from fields;…and much, much more.
Episode 260: BL and David discuss discuss Nike’s absolutely, really, really bad and horrible week with twin sneaker public relations disasters; mighty and tiny local journalist Hilde Kate Lysiak; Twitter considering tweet annotations; the Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s Jack & Diane dog wedding; 2019 video trends; the Anty McAntface naming contest; the Color Our Collections coloring books produced by museums and libraries; Burberry’s inexplicable noose sweatshirt; YouTube’s advertising exodus; Google’s Nest Guard hidden microphone; …and much, much more.