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Successful companies with AI? Here are the challenges and how to approach them

This is an AI-generated translation of an article I published in Italian on Econopoly, the blog from Italian business newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”. “Artificial intelligence is the new electricity. Just as electricity did 100 years ago, AI will revolutionize every industry “ - Andrew Ng (co-founder of Coursera, former director of Google Brain). It is easy to get caught up in imagination and optimism by reading phrases like this....

April 28, 2021 · 9 min · Gianluca Mauro

So AI can read a monkey's brain?

Notice: the joystick is unplugged This week I’ve seen a video of a monkey controlling a computer with its mind. It was a demo of the state of advancement of Neuralink’s technology - the company founded by Elon Musk to develop brain-computer interfaces. Here’s how it works: a monkey with some Neuralink sensors implanted in its brain is playing a videogame through a joystick. The sensors record electric activity in the brain and stream it wirelessly to a computer, which is also receiving data from the joystick....

April 16, 2021 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Facebook doesn't care about your data. Its AI does.

This week, I started making Facebook ads to promote my new course AI expert (you may be here because of it - in that case, welcome!). It was a while since I last played with FB’s ad manager, so I was welcomed with a bunch of new privacy-related updates. I ended up on an interesting journey to research the current status of web tracking, data privacy, and how AI glues all of this together....

March 12, 2021 · 6 min · Gianluca Mauro

I'm turning 30 - here's what I've learned so far

Five years ago I was inspired by a blogpost from Italian investor Stefano Bernardi. The title was “Reflections and learnings as I turn 30”. When I read it, I wondered what my beliefs were going to be when I was going to finish my 30th round around the sun. I’m turning 30 today, so I’m ready to share my own reflections. I hope these will inspire someone like Stefano inspired me....

March 5, 2021 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Trump's ban, cat memes and razor blades

Last week both Facebook and Twitter banned Donald Trump from their platforms. I’ve read tens of people outraged by this novel display of political power from private organisations. I agree with whoever says that tech platforms have political power. Arguably, the algorithms in the hands of Facebook, Twitter or Youtube can shape our political landscape more than lawmakers can. However, I question whether tech giants’ CEOs actually care about it....

January 15, 2021 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

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