Sunday, February 18, 2024

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One of the last major events that I attended LIVE before COVID was the AI Summit in NYC

Here is my December 2019 BLOG on that show. And that blog in 2019 turned out to be my most read blog post, ever. The folks who ran the show, reposted it on their website for all to see. Cool. 

In my blog I joked about how my 'Baby Boomer Brain' saw I Heart a Rotary Telephone in the T-Shirts that IBM was giving out at their booth. 

My friend Seth Godin, the legendary luminary in branding and marketing recently said "AI is the biggest thing in our world since Electricity." 

Alrighty then. 

The potential size and impact of artificial intelligence (AI) are difficult to predict precisely, but it's clear that AI is already becoming increasingly influential across various industries and aspects of everyday life. Here are some factors contributing to the growth and significance of AI:

Industry Adoption: Many industries are adopting AI technologies to streamline processes, enhance productivity, and gain competitive advantages. This includes sectors such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and more.

Innovation: Continuous innovation in AI algorithms, techniques, and applications is driving the expansion of AI capabilities. Breakthroughs in machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics are leading to new AI-powered products and services.

Data Availability: AI thrives on data, and the increasing volume of digital data generated worldwide provides ample opportunities for AI applications. With the rise of the internet of things (IoT), social media, online transactions, and sensors, the amount of data available for AI analysis and training is growing exponentially.

Investment: Governments, corporations, and venture capitalists are investing significant resources into AI research, development, and deployment. This investment fosters the growth of AI startups, accelerates technological advancements, and promotes the integration of AI into various sectors.

Automation: AI has the potential to automate repetitive tasks, improve efficiency, and optimize resource allocation in both the workforce and various industries. As AI technologies mature, they will likely play an increasingly prominent role in automating routine activities, freeing up human labor for more creative and strategic endeavors.

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations: As AI becomes more prevalent, there is increasing scrutiny regarding ethical considerations, including data privacy, algorithmic bias, job displacement, and the societal implications of AI technologies. Governments and organizations are developing regulations and guidelines to ensure responsible AI development and deployment.

While the exact size and scope of AI's future impact remain uncertain, it is clear that AI will continue to grow in significance and pervasiveness across diverse domains, fundamentally transforming how we live, work, and interact with technology.

If you know me at all, you know that I run the DLA (Distance Learning Association) - and you know that I have been a "Zoomie" since 2011. Zoom, like many modern technology companies, utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) in various aspects of its platform to enhance user experience, improve features, and streamline operations. 

Here are some ways in which Zoom is leveraging AI:

Video and Audio Enhancement: Zoom uses AI algorithms to enhance video quality and optimize audio during calls. This includes features like noise cancellation, background noise suppression, and automatic adjustments to lighting and contrast.

Transcription and Closed Captioning: AI-powered transcription services enable Zoom to automatically transcribe meeting conversations in real-time. Additionally, AI algorithms can generate closed captions, making meetings more accessible to individuals with hearing impairments or those who prefer to read the conversation.

Virtual Backgrounds: Zoom's virtual background feature, which allows users to replace their actual background with a virtual one, utilizes AI algorithms to accurately detect and differentiate between the user and their surroundings, ensuring a smooth and realistic virtual background experience.

Auto-Generated Meeting Insights: Zoom uses AI to analyze meeting data and generate insights that can help users better understand meeting dynamics, participant engagement, and productivity. These insights may include metrics such as meeting duration, number of participants, and interaction patterns.

Gesture Recognition and Emotion Analysis: Some advanced AI features in development may include gesture recognition and emotion analysis, which could enable Zoom to detect and interpret non-verbal cues from participants, providing additional context during meetings.

Security and Compliance: AI-powered tools are employed to monitor and analyze user behavior for potential security threats or compliance violations. This helps Zoom identify and respond to security incidents, such as unauthorized access or suspicious activity, in real-time.

Content Moderation: AI algorithms can assist in content moderation by automatically detecting and filtering out inappropriate or offensive content shared during meetings or in chat messages, helping to maintain a professional and respectful environment.

Overall, Zoom's integration of AI technologies enhances the functionality and usability of its platform, contributing to a smoother and more efficient virtual meeting experience for users. There are around 800M+ Zoom users in the world. Most use Zoom BASIC (Free) yet enough people use Zoom PRO (or higher) to generate $4.39B+ for Zoom in 2023. 

2024: as a value-added member benefit, all members of the DLA now get Zoom PRO as part of their $25 paid DLA membership (a $15.99 value). Zoom PRO with Zoom AI Companion. Included. [

The Global DLA is improving the world through Democratizing Education just as AI is improving the world through Disruptive Innovation

So, let's all together - from anywhere in the world! But I think we are going to need new T-Shirts. 


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