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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/18/2017 2:59:46 PM
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Re: Recommendations and Personal Guides
Joe,

Interesting thought is that as market forces keep driving toward a la carte on demand (ALCOD?), recommendations are likely to become a separate thing from content provision, and much more under consumer control.  There's a perverse set of tradeoffs: the more a rec-engine forces choices, the more valuable it is to advertisers, but the more it genuinely recommends stuff a consumer will want, the more valuable it is to consumers. A perfect rec engine that always found something you'd love, if it depended solely on consumer fees, would gradually go broke as it was reverse-engineered and competed down to zero profit (per Microeconomics 101). But a dictatorial non-engine (YOU WILL WATCH THIS) would alienate most consumers and also result in zero revenue.  That function has a hump somewhere between -- but I suspect not a stable one (i.e. there's probably a max revenue point if everyone in the market colluded in an enforceable way, but there's not a "natural" result that the market drives anyone toward like the equivalent of a Nash equilibrium or a Hecksher-Ohlin balance of trade).

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/18/2017 2:50:36 PM
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Re: Improve
Joe, advanced marketing classes nowadays routinely include material on creating and exploiting the illusion of choice. Look at the marvel of guiding people to expensive stuff they don't need that is the modern big-box store or supermarket.  The equivalent is probably being worked out for VR right now.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/18/2017 2:47:16 PM
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Network and bandwidth, as question is written
It's still television, and television still stinks; deliberately keeping an attention-grabbing device in your home so that you can be distracted and access to you can be resold to advertisers (or alternatively paying actual money to have access to the sorts of things that are on television) is silly from the git-go. But given that interruptions, delays, and various kinds of service-glitches are extremely annoying to consumers who just want to zone out at the screen, and worse than that for the occasional person who watches something with full attention, the potential for improvements that AI can eventually make (by learning more about micro-interruptions than any human ever could, and constantly experimenting to improve performance) is eventually going to make the biggest difference in how much people enjoy sitting in their living rooms staring at a bright moving light while it sucks their brains out through their eyes.

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
12/18/2017 10:34:20 AM
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Re: Recommendations and Personal Guides
@elizabethv:

Ofcourse, very much in agreement with you.

I have heard similar experiences of phone's auto corrections, some times resulting in embarassed situations as well. I have experienced it myself too. Oneday my friend shared her experience:

'  She texted her high school son, "what do you want for lunch today?" before she drops his lunch at school. Soon his reply cpmes as " I want a Babe.." only to puzzle her. Later she found out he meant he wants a Bagel but phone corrected that as Babe. ' Very funny....

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/1/2017 1:32:47 AM
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Re: Recommendations and Personal Guides
@Joe et. al here in the fab TT Community: Happy December!!

In my experience with Amazon--yes!!  But there is a bigger challenge, though as we are deliberating the "Clever Network" as the FT underscored..what I have lamented on a consitent basis....remaining hopeful though despite it all...:

https://twitter.com/ft/status/936393652565397504

 

Onward to our new Month....

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/1/2017 1:32:46 AM
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Re: Recommendations and Personal Guides
@Joe et. al here in the fab TT Community: Happy December!!

In my experience with Amazon--yes!!  But there is a bigger challenge, though as we are deliberating the "Clever Network" as the FT underscored..what I have lamented on a consitent basis....remaining hopeful though despite it all...:

https://twitter.com/ft/status/936393652565397504

 

Onward to our new Month....

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dlr5288
dlr5288
11/30/2017 11:11:33 AM
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Re: "Improve"
I completely agree! I have a Netflix and I was looking the other day and there are so many pointless series on there. They do have a lot of good media, but why all these random shows, movies, etc that no one watches?

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elizabethv
elizabethv
11/30/2017 6:10:30 AM
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Re: "Improve"
@Joe - <It's not a race to the top anymore so much as it is a race to have the most.> Isn't that the truth! It seems like Netflix and Amazon have a new original series every single day. They recently released "Super Charged Dino Trucks!" Which I find a little pointless. It's kids who are watching the show, they enjoy Dino Trucks - is there a reason it needs to be "Super Charged!" Now? 

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
11/28/2017 10:45:20 PM
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Re: "Improve"
@Mike: "Opt in" is also going to be essential from a compliance standpoint, what with GDPR (and attendant NIS Directives) around the corner. No more pre-checked boxes!

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
11/28/2017 10:44:12 PM
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Re: "Improve"
@afwriter: Yeah, but the shows are supposed to be loss leaders. They wait to see what rises to the top, and then they order new seasons of those shows and new variations of those shows.

It's not a race to the top anymore so much as it is a race to have the most.

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