45% of Consumers Want to Shop After They’re Dead: Wunderman Thompson Study

Wunderman Thompson reports that 45% of global consumers are interested in shopping after they are dead. Puts a whole new spin on “richest person in the graveyard.” Less surprising but still interesting: 32% of online spending in on mobile devices and 19% of everything ordered online is returned. There’s lots of regional detail here if you want it.

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CEOs More Enthused About AI Than Their Staff: IBM Report

August 10, 2023

The clueless boss is a favorite meme in many circles, though probably not among bosses. This IBM survey offers some support, finding that 69% of CEOs believe generative AI will offer broad benefits to their organization but just 29% of their supporting executives feel their company has the expertise to make it work. Two-thirds of CEOs are acting without a clear view of how to help their workforce adjust the AI-created disruptions.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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