The development of "ethical" robots and a sophisticated neural network that resembles short-term memory are among the developments this year that could lead to the development of independently thinking computers. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, says artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence by 2045. Read more on The Connectivist.
TV is becoming "a bigger part of our audiences' lives than ever before," thanks to TV Everywhere and the ability to access programming on multiple devices, says Viacom Chief Research Officer Colleen Fahey Rush. A Viacom study has revealed a five-step journey to becoming a fan of a show. Read more on The Connectivist
Cinematographer Garrett Brown is the inventor behind two technologies that "revolutionized TV," Nick Friedman writes. Brown is most famous for his Steadicam device that allows filmmakers to shoot stabilized footage on the move, but about a decade later he also pioneered the Skycam that delivers overhead shots of sports events. Read more on The Connectivist.
Among the most popular TV series on Twitter are "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones," and it appears some viewers are using their tweets to help with their anxiety -- either over the horror on screen or the horror of waiting for new episodes to air. Read more on The Connectivist.
ESPN is creating a new editorial unit called Exit 31 that will include its films division, Grantland site and new FiveThirtyEight site. The unit will likely help the sports giant live up to its promise of delivering innovative videos and other projects that encompass sports, politics and pop culture, Nick Friedman writes. "[W]e're counting on the smart side of ESPN to stay a few steps ahead so we can continue to indulge our sports jones guilt-free," he writes. Read more from The Connectivist.