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Wibbitz Gains Patent for Automatically Transforming Text Into Video

Further down the automated creative trail, Wibbitz uses natural language processing to interpret text embedded in email, video, metadata, social posts, personal profiles, etc., and then assembles snippets into a video that presents the same ideas as the original text. So the next time your life flashes before your eyes, you may be facing a Wibbitz-based advertisement instead of imminent death. A cheering prospect.

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IBM Embeds Watson AI Within Salesforce

March 8, 2017

IBM and Salesforce.com announced a strategic partnership to connect their respective artificial intelligence products, Watson and Einstein. What’s intriguing is the press release describes the deal as bringing Watson’s “structured and unstructured data” to the party, not any grand cognitive capabilities. They specifically mention exposing data from IBM’s Weather.com business within Salesforce. More evidence that AI is approaching a commodity but data is the new crown jewel.

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Pega CRM Adds AI-Based Analytics to Improve Service and Sales Effectiveness

March 6, 2017

Might as well stick with product news today. Pegasystems, which manages customer-related business processes, has announced new artificial intelligence features that will analyze “millions of actions taken every day on every desktop from any application” to uncover inefficiencies in sales and service operations. Examples include excessive toggling between different applications, time spent on unproductive activities, and productivity lost to slow system response. AI-based features don’t really qualify as news these days, but this item does illustrate how AI can be used for more than content recommendations.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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