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.
The company behind most closed captioning on TV is the Virginia-based National Captioning Institute, which uses courtroom-style stenographers to transcribe everything from drama series to live sports. NCI last year captioned more than 120,000 hours of programming, compared with 68,000 hours a decade ago. 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.