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Hype Hazard Episode 7: Deepfakes & Synthetic Media

In this episode, we explore “deepfakes” and the head-spinning breakthroughs in AI-generated synthetic media. Does the ability to digitally doppelgänger anyone doing or saying anything preface the end of trust, a revolution in reputational risk, or just the next era of entertainment? Seeing is no longer believing, so listen up as we peer deep to […]

Putting the Customer at the Center of Digital Transformation

Today’s customers are savvier than ever and their expectations are sky high when interacting with companies. Customer-focused digital transformation requires a renewed vision for fulfilling consumer expectations in real-time, turning challenges into moments of delight, and reaching your customers when they need you most. And, they need you now. According to Salesforce’s “State of the Connected […]

Hype Hazard Episode 6: Noom & Personalized Weight Loss

In this episode, we explore Noom and the big wide world of personalized weight loss. Is app-powered psychological training the real recipe for transformation, or just the dish du jour served up by the zillion dollar Diet industry? Phew, we worked up a sweat navigating the narratives on this one… What is Noom and why […]

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Inclusion at Scale: The Untapped Opportunity of Tech Ecosystems

Tech companies are known for relying on ecosystems to innovate. What these vast ecosystems are less known for is their implications around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This imperative has only grown as societal and technological inequities spotlight the urgency for companies to assess their role in inclusion. While companies have historically relegated such efforts […]

6 Tech Urgencies for Business in Pandemic Era Re-emergence

Written by Jessica Groopman, Jaimy Szymanski, and Jeremiah Owyang As the world begins to re-emerge and rebuild, pragmatic leaders recognize the critical role technology plays in shaping the “new normal,” but are struggling to activate. The shifting technology landscape impacts the future of customer and employee relationships, breakthrough business models, societal trust, and even the […]

Hype Hazard Episode 5: Clearview AI & Facial Recognition

In this episode, we explore Clearview AI and the fascinatingly factious facial recognition market. Is the ability to identify any individual in one click the future of safety, justice, and frictionless verification, or are we staring down the barrel of an irrevocable surveillance state? Get ready for your close up, as we zoom in on the apparatus […]

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Hype Hazard Episode 4: Kahoot! & EdTech

In this episode, we explore Kahoot! and the suddenly booming market for educational technology (EdTech). Is the future of learning supposed to feel like a game show, or does gamified learning only further stunt academic preparedness and equity? Pens and paper optional, but 1000 points for your attention as we didactically debate…  What is Kahoot! […]

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Hype Hazard Episode 3: NFTs & Digital Art Mania

In this episode, we explore non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and what on earth they mean for the arts, artists, and the future of digital media. Are digital property titles — on a JPG, PDF, baseball card or tweet — really worth six-figure valuations, or we just drunk on crypto speculation again?  Hold on to your acronyms […]

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Hype Hazard Episode 2: Woebot & Mental Health AI

In this episode, we explore Woebot and the rise of artificial intelligence used for mental health and therapy. Are cute chatbots really the solution to scale mental health support for the billions? You might want to lie down on a couch as we unpack the big questions… What is Woebot and how on earth are […]

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Hype Hazard Episode 1: Clubhouse & Social Audio

In this episode, we explore the hot new voice-only app called Clubhouse, and the rise of voice interactive social media, better known as social audio. Why are people freaking out about Clubhouse, and is it really a new market, or just a new feature? We cut right to it and explore this super-hyped new platform […]

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