Sports - In a League of its Own

"Believe me, Harvey. By the end of the week, that kid will cook his own goose." – Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly, Leatherheads, Universal, 2008


Okay, the Super Bowl was … super.

An estimated 82 percent of folks in the US (Amdocs) watched the game at home, in bars, wherever.

Las Vegas got an estimated $1.1B financial boost.

Americans spent about $17.3B on food, beverages, apparel, decorations according to the NRA (National Retail Federation), 80 percent of that for food/drink.




According to the NCC (National Chicken Council), folks scarfed up 1.4B plus chicken wings

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Great Content, Great Advertising Will Keep Great Audiences

“From now on, your job is to be a distraction, so people forget what the real problems are.” – Haymitch Abernathy, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Lionsgate Films 2013

While some are complaining about the chaotic state of the home entertainment/advertising industries, others are wistfully recalling how clean they were a few years ago.   

The home entertainment/advertising industries weren’t better … they were predictable, comfortable.

A Helluva difference but the sooner folks learn to deal with discomfort/uncertainty and embrace chaos, the better off everyone will be, including the target viewer.

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Hero image – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” Warner Brothers

To the logical conclusion… that Blue Fairy is part of the great human flaw to wish for things that don’t exist, or to the greatest single human gift – the ability to chase down our dreams.” — Professor Hobby, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” Warner Bros., 2001

Money has been important in the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike– and you name it strike; but that’s a discussion for a later discussion.

Money was a skirmish … the long-term battle/discussion is intuitive/generative AI and the benefits it is going to deliver for studios, creators, audiences.

It’s the pitch all of the AI experts – Greg Brockman (OpenAI), Clement Delangue (Hugging Face), Sundar Pichai (Alphabet/Google), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Aidan Gomez (Cohere) and hundreds of other VC-funded start-ups around the globe – have given that resonate with bosses … better, faster, cheaper products, services, solutions.

Even Elon Musk, who is an expert in just everything, is in the mix to deliver the definitive AI solution.

At the same time, they’re releasing and promoting the brave new world, 350 experts (including the above) issued a joint statement, “Mitigating the risk of extinction from A.I., should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.”

Oh, that’s freakin’ great!

First of all, these better solutions are built on algorithms – a process/set of rules to be followed in problem solving operations by a computer.

Okay, that’s the basic premise and they seem to do what you expect them to do … sorta, kinda.

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Have you ever written/coded your own algorithm?

We haven’t either but then we don’t understand how to build/fly a plane. We’re comfortable that others did/do their jobs properly.

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While it’s not technically about AI, we also viewed/enjoyed the start of it all, Metropolis, with Maria’s robot double. Gotta’ tell you, not once did things end up well for the characters that breath, eat, sleep, love/hate, desire/feel.

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No freakin’ way!

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