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Top articles of the week | May 27

By PNR

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

 

The incredible life of DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis                       Business Insider

DeepMind is the incredible deep learning startup that Google acquired for $400M. It’s founder, Demis Hassabis, is a prodigy in the world of artificial intelligence. You might recall the algorithm AlphaGo that beat the world’s best Go player; DeepMind was behind it. An investor once joked allegedly joked they should have shot the CEO of DeepMind because it was the ‘last chance to save the human race’. This article offers a rate in depth view of one of the world’s most interesting companies.

 

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It       NY Times

Ev Williams founded blogger and then Twitter. With Medium, he’s trying to think differently about business models. The issue at hand is no less than saving publishing on the internet.

 

The Promise of AI     a16z, Vimeo

Ok, this is a 45 minute video on artificial intelligence. However, if you want to simply understand what AI can do today, you have to watch it. I learned a ton. The venture capital firm a16z has been generating a lot of relevant content about AI and this video is part of that series.

 

As Amazon.com Inc continues its Canadian push, retailers are being forced to step up their e-commerce game                Financial Post

Great high level read on the Canadian retail landscape and in particular Amazon’s approach. The Seattle based retailer has opened up a fulfillment center in Canada every year since 2011. The article explains how Canadian retailers are confronting this new ecommerce reality.

 

The end of advertising, the beginning of relationships    Forrester

The title of this article intrigued me because of its origin. It seems that the call for advertising to change is starting to resonate with more established institutions. The shift to content and customer relationships are becoming more important.