What did you change your mind about in 2018? Answers on AI, data, work, and more.

In this special episode, our favorite experts on AI, tech monopolies, and more return to answer two key questions: What is something you’ve changed your mind about in 2018? And what is something you’d like to see become a larger part of the conversation in 2019?

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Is Netflix a Tech Company or a Media Company? Dr. Amanda Lotz explains why it matters.

Have you ever considered that big tech is not one monopoly but… five monopolies instead? That Netflix, Google, Facebook and Airbnb are not part of a disrupting ‘tech industry’ but… companies that are simply using tech to disrupt their own industries?

In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Amanda Lotz, an author, podcaster and professor in the media industry. They discuss why big tech is not actually a monopoly, the different business models these tech companies implement, and how we should encourage these companies to be more transparent.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:

● Is big tech really a monopoly?
● Is the big tech monolith a force for good or bad?
● Why are these companies not actual competitors?
● Why is it more beneficial for these companies to compete against each other?
● What are the benefits of monopolisation?
● How should we deal with a company like Google?
● What are the differences between Netflix and Disney?
● How can we define a media industry?
● Is Netflix a media company?
● How can we encourage companies to be more transparent?

Sheana and Amanda also talk about the actual business model of these huge tech companies. Google primarily relies on advertising. Their trick – you get the ads for what you were already searching for. Apple mostly makes money from selling products. Amazon also sells products, but they focus on subscription based income through Amazon Prime. This is actually very different to Netflix, which Amanda explains is an actual media company that has completely disrupted the industry. How? Because Netflix produces and distributes at the same time. Netflix also has a huge amount of data on its users, allowing them to tailor their movies to a user’s specific preferences.

Comparing these business models is fascinating and very interesting to analyse – we see why monopolies can actually be a force for good, what we can expect from them in the future, and why the number one thing they need to focus on is transparency.

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Google and Facebook are monopolies. Does it matter? Feat. Sally Hubbard

In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Sally Hubbard, antitrust expert and investigative journalist at The Capitol Forum. Learn whether giant tech companies are building monopolies (spoiler alert: they are) and why that unfair advantage matters.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is Antitrust law?
  • Is fake news an antitrust problem?
  • How monopolies amplify inequality
  • What would it look like to unmonopolize big tech companies?

As an antitrust expert and investigative journalist, Sally Hubbard has forged a successful career specializing in tech platforms, competition and regulatory risk. Currently leading The Capitol Forum’s coverage of monopolization issues, Sally’s expertise in antitrust and tech giants, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, yields predictive analysis of regulatory outcomes. Sally founded and hosts Women Killing It!, a podcast series that interviews career rockstars to find out what has worked for them, how they got where they are today, and what they wish they knew sooner.

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When Are “Fair” Algorithms Better Than Accurate Ones? with Osonde Osoba

Artificial Intelligence continues to penetrate our lives. As it does so, we should be wary of its ethical and social implications.

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Osonde Osoba, an engineer at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, joins Sheana Ahlqvist in today’s episode of Innovation For All Podcast to talk about fairness in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. AI has the ability to seriously impact our lives, which is why Osonde is pushing for systems that are accurate, unbiased, and flexible.

Discover what areas we should be wary when handing over the decision-making to AI’s, why this isn’t just a technical issue, but also political, and who should we put in charge of these systems. Learn also the importance of accountability, ethics, privacy, and regulation in AI systems.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The difference between Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Should AI systems intentionally be made to ‘align with our comfort’?
  • What roles do the legislators, policy makers, etc. do?
  • Strategies to protect Data Privacy in AI and ML models
  • Regulatory rules between the developers and the users
  • If technology changes so rapidly, how can regulators keep up?
  • How can we build accountability into AI & ML?

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