If the fragmented media environment is a sick patient, machine learning may be the cure. That was the proposition Andrew Heyward, visiting scholar from MIT’s Media Laboratory and former president of CBS News, outlined in his presentation, “Can Robots Solve Your PR Problems?” at the New York offices of agency Makovsky on Feb. 6.
There are few topics in PR and communications that have generated more buzz than AI; of course, there’s been plenty of hype and false claims, too. Deloitte decided to try to separate the steak from the sizzle by talking to several hundred business executives who’ve already adopted AI and cognitive technologies.
Artificial intelligence and the growing list of voice assistants (from Siri and Alexa to Bixby) may not be of immediate concern to you when it comes to the future of PR and marketing. But Michael Delgado, director of social media at Experian, says these features are changing newsrooms for journalists, and will also change the game for PR and marketing pros.
Artificial intelligence took center stage at today’s #MadeByGoogle launch event. The company unveiled a plethora of products aimed at an AI-focused future, including enhanced voice and visual search features in the Pixel 2 smartphone and Google Home device, as well as a beefed-up virtual reality headset, highlighting the company’s shift from “a mobile-first to an AI-first world.”