Innovating with AI

Medium’s Chief Architect Xiao Ma spoke at Stanford on Nov. 5th asking the question: How does technology reshape content discovery and delivery? He unpacked Medium’s on-point recommendation system, a hybrid model that joins collaborative filtering (“How can we recommend content based on your previous history and people similar to you?”) and content-based filtering (“I don’t

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A Taxonomy for VR

Eve Weston, CEO and founder of Los-Angeles based VR studio Exelauno told Stanford  students that she has developed a way to talk about VR — what she calls a “taxonomy” for VR. This taxonomy unpacks the emotional intensity of the VR experience into its key parts: Narrative (1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person?) Visual Options (Embodied

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Stanford Welcomes Washington Post’s Director of Engineering

Stanford welcomed Jeremy Bowers, Director of Engineering, at The Washington Post. Bowers and his team are ramping up for the 2020 election, focusing on political data projects including election restyles, congressional votes and campaign finance. Bowers spoke on October 15 to an interdisciplinary group of Stanford students (compute science, engineering and business, among others). He

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Stanford Welcomes Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson

On October 8, The Brown Institute at Stanford welcomed Wired magazine Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson who joined Stanford Brown Director, Maneesh Agrawala, for an in-depth conversation about the state of the media and technology. The two discussed  the trajectory of Thompson’s journalistic career – from The Washington Monthly, to The New Yorker.com, The Atavist, to Wired and

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Frameworks for Predicting the Next Big Trends in Tech

    Industry-shifting opportunities come along about every five-to-ten years. In this Sept. 24th conversation at Stanford, Ceci Stallsmith, Slack’s Director of Platform Marketing, outlined her methodology for detecting platform shifts before it’s too late to jump on a trend. Given that the media industry is incredibly trend-driven and that the impact of innovation seems

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Brown Institute Welcomes Technology Journalist Kara Swisher

On May 2, Brown welcomed technology journalist Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode and a contributing writer to The New York Times Opinion Section. She previously wrote for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and served as  executive editor of All Things Digital. Swisher discussed the state of the technology industry and shared her perspectives on media trends

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Nicholas Diakopoulos @ Stanford: “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the News”

From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer generated. Nicholas  Diakopoulos, an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and  an expert in computer science and media, discussed  the present and future of journalism in a world in which news is created by algorithms. Here’s more from The Stanford

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