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Can mass media survive in the age of personal media? What gadgets will we watch future movies on? Can you make a living working in the metaverse? This page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of entertainment.

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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uoo-tdm042619.php
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EurekAlert!
New analysis by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), part of the University of Oxford, predicts the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years, a trend that will have grave implications for how we treat our digital heritage in the future.
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https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/2/18510958/social-media-addiction-boredom-loneliness-society-technology-smart-phones
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Vox
Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That’s partly due to technology.
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https://onezero.medium.com/how-facebook-has-flattened-human-communication-c1525a15e9aa
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OneZero
The primitive level of user feedback encouraged by online services is a feature, not a bug. It is vastly easier for a computer to make sense out of a “like” or a “⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” than to parse meaning out of…
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https://www.engadget.com/2018-05-23-animal-translation-technology-talk-to-me.html
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Engadget
Brooklyn, New York -- Scooby, my friend Gram's dog, isn't exactly inscrutable. As a rambunctious five-year-old pit bull, he usually makes whatever he wants you to know fairly apparent. When Scooby first sees you, he tells you he's happy by wagging his tail and, when he's feeling particularly naughty, jumping up to lick your face. When he wants to play tug-of-war, he grabs a toy and presents it, hi
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https://www.xda-developers.com/google-translate-offline-translations-machine-learning/
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XDA Developers
Today, the Google showed how Google Translate benefits from using on-device machine learning technology for offline translations.
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https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/02/amazon-patents-a-real-time-accent-translator/
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TechCrunch
Amazon has been granted a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn't mean the company has made it, but there's also no technical reason why it can't do so.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/9ndike/future_languages/
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Reddit
133 votes, 247 comments. We can all agree that languages around the world change with time. Languages gain dominance or get reduced to being …
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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/8/18170806/google-assistant-translate-languages-real-time-interpreter-ces-2019?amp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3B=
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The Verge
Google Assistant will soon be able to act as your real-life translator in 27 different languages. Google announced today that the voice assistant is getting a new "interpreter mode" that can translate in real time so you can hold conversations with someone who doesn’t share the same tongue. It works, but it’s not magic.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/05/20/103054/google-ai-language-translation/
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MIT Technology Review
Listen to this Spanish audio clip. This is how its English translation might sound when put through a traditional automated translation system. Now this is how it sounds when put through Google’s new automated translation system. The results aren’t perfect, but you can sort of hear how Google’s translator was able to retain the voice…
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https://medium.com/syncedreview/google-introduces-huge-universal-language-translation-model-103-languages-trained-on-over-25-74f0eb71b177
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Medium
Synced invited Graham Neubig, an Assistant Professor from Carnegie Mellon University to share his thoughts on the universal neural machine translation (NMT) system.
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https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/google-rolls-out-real-time-translation-in-multiple-languages-for-google-tra/574358/
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Social Media Today
Social Media Today
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https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-the-internet-is-changing-language-as-we-know-it-ikr-lol
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Pocket
Arch, misspelled, often punctuation-free: writing online has become a distinct genre. But behind the studied carelessness is real linguistic innovation.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/05/15/imagine-a-facebook-without-facebook-how-a-i-will-soon-disrupt-social-media/#4e61a7f45b3e
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Forbes
Social media’s revenue model has been largely predicated on surveillance capitalism and developing platforms to keep our attention by leveraging negative emotions; however, advances in A.I., coupled with blockchain, could disrupt this trend, returning data sovereignty to users.
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https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/10/18563895/facebook-chris-hughes-mark-zuckerberg-break-up-monopoly
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Vox
Regulating social media is more important than breaking up Facebook.
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https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/12/friends-wherever/
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TechCrunch
Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations. When people can easily move to a competitor, it creates a natural market dynamic coercing a business to act right. When we can’t, other regulations just leave us trapped with a pig in a fresh coat of lipstick. That’s why as the FTC considers how many billions […]
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https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-youtube-apologies-and-reality-tv-revelations-the-rise-of-the-public-confession-114970
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The Conversation
From Steve Smith's tearful apology to anonymous apps like Whisper, public confessions can be therapeutic, emancipatory, or potentially exploitative.
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kxny7/diy-facial-recognition-for-porn-weibo
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Vice
Someone is making dubious claims to have built a program for detecting faces in porn and cross-referencing against social media, with 100,000 identified so far.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/05/germany-war-radio-social-media/590149/
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The Atlantic
Regulators should think carefully about the fallout from well-intentioned new rules and avoid the mistakes of the past.
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https://eand.co/how-facebook-made-it-easy-to-hack-our-minds-cf0b8cd13d94
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Medium
As the scale of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal becomes clearer — that millions of people were reached by propaganda — a tiny thought keeps popping into me head. I mean one hard lesson of…
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https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-48552907
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BBC
How one BBC correspondent was locked out of China's top messaging app after posting photos.
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https://time.com/5619999/instagram-mosseri-bullying-artificial-intelligence/
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Time
In interviews with TIME, Instagram head Adam Mosseri and other insiders reveal strategies to curb bullying with artificial intelligence