The Lines of Entertainment Could be Blurring

 “Millions of girls, like from the university mostly. If we could get one to dance, just one, then that was it. We'd get out on the floor, and we'd really start to smoke.”– Ren, “Footloose,” Paramount, 1984

Maybe the greatest advance in air travel (in addition to bolts on doors) has been Wi-Fi.

No longer do you have to download movies to your computer before you leave or limit yourself to the stuff the airlines decide you should watch. You have the world of streaming to choose from.

We came to realize the importance of this on a recent five-hour flight.

We planned ahead to ensure we’d have movies that were “just” long enough to fill all of our flight time and ensured they were all on Prime.

We dislike spending 10-15 minutes searching their streaming services to find something.

There’s ALSO nothing worse than having 15 minutes of a film left to watch and they tell you to prepare for landing … sucks!

Living on the edge, we watched Snakes on a Plane (love Samuel L. Jackson), Flight (Denzel Washington as an alcoholic pilot seemed scarily real) and really enjoy Alan Ritchson in the new series Reacher.

Even with our entertainment planned out, we were also mildly curious (O.K., nosey) as to the viewing habits of the couple in front of us.

He was totally happy playing games on his smartphone and would periodically show his partner his gaming prowess by shoving his screen in front of her to show his progress.


She could care less.

She was busy on her phone jumping from one social media site to another, watching several minutes of something and then moving to something new, different, better

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Every morning, you wake up and someone has developed the perfect AI tool that's going to change the way we live and work.

Then you hear "experts" explain how it's going to be the second coming or the devil incarnate.

It's not a new prophecy ... the automatic loom created a panic in the 19th century, but it ended up creating more and better jobs.

The typewriter was going to wipe out jobs for secretaries but it expanded and enhanced work opportunities for millions. Yes, it did totally sc*** up our ability to write cursive but ...

Back in 1952, Arthur Samuel built a rudimentary AI checkers program that went on to beat the best players around.

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After all these years, it’s great to get through the holidays and make our annual trek to Las Vegas to see what’s new, what’s exciting and what the **** were they thinking with their techie offerings.

Gary Shapiro, CEO of CTA (Consumer Technology Association) has been opening the CES show and gives folks an idea of what they’ll see and miss during the four-day event spread across 2.5M square feet of exhibit space.

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Hero image – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” Warner Brothers

To the logical conclusion… that Blue Fairy is part of the great human flaw to wish for things that don’t exist, or to the greatest single human gift – the ability to chase down our dreams.” — Professor Hobby, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” Warner Bros., 2001

Money has been important in the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike– and you name it strike; but that’s a discussion for a later discussion.

Money was a skirmish … the long-term battle/discussion is intuitive/generative AI and the benefits it is going to deliver for studios, creators, audiences.

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Oh, that’s freakin’ great!

First of all, these better solutions are built on algorithms – a process/set of rules to be followed in problem solving operations by a computer.

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Have you ever written/coded your own algorithm?

We haven’t either but then we don’t understand how to build/fly a plane. We’re comfortable that others did/do their jobs properly.

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Yes, 2020 was close to being a complete disaster, but most of us made it through with bare bones sanity.

2021/22 was all about shaping things up, getting a handle on what the new normal was going to be and getting ready for a year that would knock our socks off.

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No freakin’ way!

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