Co-founders of Unruly Media, Sarah Wood and Scott Button were interviewed as part of TechTalks@Cass. They shared their insights on building a data-driven company, how to predict the next ‘lightning strike’ viral video, and what it’s like to be partners in life and partners in business.
Underpinning shareability with data
We live in a data-driven world; one in which data is finding its way into virtually every decision-making process. Some things are still considered out of reach, even if that pool is growing ever smaller. Making a viral video used to fall into that category, with viral success being a bit like a lightning strike; you might know when the conditions were favourable, but you would have no way of knowing if, or where, or when it would happen.
Yet Unruly are a rapidly growing company bringing that predictability to online video. Back in 2006 they created the Viral Video Chart by tracking every post of a video with its URL. All that data, going back so far, gives them an unrivalled data asset. It is the largest database of video sharing anywhere, with insights that are or prime interest to brands. (more…)
Last month, Thomson Reuters participated in the first World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China. The conference is co-sponsored by China’s newly formed Cyberspace Administration (formerly named the State Internet Information Office) and Zhejiang Provincial Government, and attracted about 1000 policymakers and top industry executives. The conference covered topics including global internet governance, mobile, cross-border e-commerce, cyber security and terrorism, and has the stated mission to promote the “development of [the] Internet to be the global shared resources for human solidarity and economic progress.” (more…)
By Kathleen Held, Producer, Thomson Reuters
We recently hosted a Knowledge Worker Innovation event with Thomas H. Davenport, a prolific author and Distinguished Professor of IT and Management at Babson College, a research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. Tom spoke about “Automation or Augmentation of Knowledge Work Jobs,” the types of jobs most likely to be affected, the technologies driving knowledge worker automation and the opportunities to augment these technologies.
Tom presented research from a variety of sources on the debate of automation and which jobs are most likely to be affected. The technologies that are driving knowledge work automation include: analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, rule engines, event stream/complex event processing, cognitive computing and custom integrations and combinations of these technologies. He described four types of analytics; descriptive, predictive, prescriptive and automated or embedded analytics for competitive advantage. (more…)
I’ve currently been on an extended trip through Europe, but last week, one of the biggest news stories was the landing of the Philae probe on a comet. It marks the first time that we have been able to achieve such a feat. The entire mission has been one series of innovations after another, and personally, I’m so happy for the engineers in the European Space Agency (ESA) command center who have seen their dream become a reality.
Although the Philae probe has now gone into a hibernation status due the inability of the probe to recharge its batteries, it has accomplished a number of key objectives including sending pictures back from the comet and sending science data from all of its on-board instruments including the COSAC – the Cometary Sampling and Composition experiment – which drilled into the comet in search of molecular building blocks that may have kickstarted life on planets like Earth.
I was reading the Sunday Times, and it had a great article written by Bryan Appleyard titled “One Giant Step.” I genuinely appreciated his comments about this project for a number of reasons. Have a read of this quote: (more…)
Beyond passive safety devices such as air bags and seat belts, car designers are pushing technology to help drivers and prevent road accidents. Today’s graphic shows how sensors, radar, LIDAR, cameras and other technologies in a car can cover potential risks and assist drivers.
Reuters unveiled its groundbreaking mobile TV news service this week on the top floor of our office in Times Square. As the trends change for the delivery of and demand for TV news, we are introducing a forward-thinking service that’s on-demand, up-to-date, relevant and mobile – putting users in control of what they watch and when they watch it. Watch the reveal video here: (more…)
Linking inside and outside the enterprise
The web didn’t become mainstream overnight. And at the Open Data Institute Summit 2014 we heard how the web of data is already well on its way.
Sir Tim Berners Lee, creator of the world wide web, drew an analogy between the two. As the web grew it reached a point where, as a business, if you didn’t have a website then you effectively ‘didn’t exist.’ Those initial websites would just be a picture of the office or shop and their address and phone number. One by one businesses would competitively reveal more, progressing from listing their product catalogue to their prices and then their inventory. As we move to a web of data, Sir Tim predicts that the point will come where, as a business, if people can’t access data about you and your products via the web then you will, effectively, not exist.
Data on the web has some fundamental difference to documents on the web. As we move from people browsing the web to, predominantly, machines doing it, the value will come from linking the data. Personal data, enterprise data and open data will still be distinct, but by using the same underlying approaches, any one organization can create their whole picture – proprietary, shared and public.
Linking inside and outside the enterprise depends on identifiers, the subject of the presentation by David Weller. Open identifiers are core to creating value from data, as outlined in a recent white paper published by Thomson Reuters and the ODI. (more…)
The world’s biggest television makers are turning to quantum dot technology for their next-generation TVs as it could still be some time before OLED is affordable for the mass market. Today’s graphic looks at some of the display technologies used in televisions.