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Matt's Monday digital digest - Issue #82

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Matt's Monday digital digest - Issue #82
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Machine learning & crypto
It’s not that computers will see like people, computers will see like computers, and that’s the awesome thing
Ben Evans on 10 year futures vs what is happening now, with a look at AI (specifically how machine learning is changing what AI is) and how computers having a visual input at scale will be the next major change to tech since the mobile phone. We’re at the bottom of a new S-curve, and Ben is looking to the future for what kinds of living and technology will be enabled by computer vision.
If that’s the introduction, there are two deeper dives from the same a16z conference: Frank Chen on the current state of AI, including  some crazy examples of what is being done now which will fascinate you; and Alex Rampell on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, which is a great explainer in visual form on how they work, what the benefits are, and why the current generation (or at least Bitcoin) is less of a currency than is suggested in the name.
Digital media layoffs
BuzzFeed’s UK staffing will be hit by almost 1/3 losing their role, more than twice as many as was suggested in the last line from the company. 45 of the 140 commercial and editorial staff will be leaving. Journalism lecturer Adam Tinworth on his blog writes how it will be telling to see who is hit: the problem is clearly mismanagement, so if layoffs purely affect the lower rungs of the ladder it would not put the business in the best light.
Jim Cramer’s The Street is also facing cutbacks with 10 staffers out as of a couple of weeks back; the company is also failing to meet targets on advertising alone and will look to subscription services to fill the gap.
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