Black Panther Autocomplete Interview & The AI Apocalypse

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 218

BL and David discuss an autocomplete Black Panther interview; Twitter amping up the news while Facebook flounders; the Amazon Pollycast; Bloomberg’s Twitter TicToc; the lonely dog that went viral; Lucky Charms gets mythical; Watson gets embedded in virtual and augmented reality; the Marketoonist; the coming artificial reality apocalypse; the next chapter in Net Neutrality repeal; a clumsy, milky metaphor; Gmail gets AMPed; concussion spotting technology; and much, much more.

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Best Digital Cases

As Facebook De-Emphasizes News, Twitter Amps It Up

As Facebook deemphasizes news in its core experience, Twitter does the opposite. The move furthers Twitter’s embrace of its role as a media and news company.

Polly Want A Podcast?

Amazon has teamed with WP Engine to offer a WordPress plugin that uses Amazon’s text-to-speech service Polly to turn your blog posts into podcast episodes.

Bloomberg Bets On Twitter

Twitter users can now tune into TicToc, a live-streaming channel by Bloomberg Media, to catch up on the day’s news, with live updates at the top of the hour. It relies on Bloomberg journalists’ original reporting as well as on information provided by Twitter users and verified by Bloomberg editors.

Black Panther Actors Answer Autocomplete

The stars of Black Panther–Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan–answer Google Autocomplete questions about them and the movie.

Lonely Therapy Dog Goes Viral

“For the love of dog, will someone please read to Sting?” That post was shared nearly 100,000 times within hours of Sting’s lonely visit to the library, when no children showed up to read it him. His reading schedule was full through April.

Lucky Charms Gets Mythical

General Mills crowd sourced its newest ingredient for Lucky Charms and the Internet got mythical.

IBM and Unity Team Up To Bring Watson’s AI to VR and AR Games

The IBM Watson Unity SDK, (software development kit) is available for free on the Unity Asset store. This means millions of developers can now integrate AI into VR and AR games, with relative ease, directly within the game engine.

IBM Watson

Marketing + Cartoons = Marketoonist

Tom Fishburne has been sharing his visual thought bubbles since college.

Worst Digital Cases

The Dark Side of AI

A new report – The Malicious Use of AI – on the downsides of progress in AI warns that more attention needs to be paid to the heavy moral burdens created by creators of the new technologies.

The Day The Internet Is Scheduled To Die

The repeal of net neutrality rules was published to the Federal Register today; that means lawsuits to block the repeal can begin to be filed.

Illinois Governor Drinks Chocolate Milk to Prove His Commitment to Diversity

In an unfortunate food analogy at a Black History Month event this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity. “It’s really, really good,” he said after taking a sip. “Diversity!”

AMPing Up Email

Google has announced it is bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to Gmail in order to make emails a lot more engaging and interactive.

Amp for Gmail


Shiny New Stuff

RightEye’s portable eye-tracking test catches concussions and reading problems in five minutes

It turns out there’s quite a lot you can tell from how someone’s eyes move. This quick, portable eye-tracking station can tell in minutes whether you should see a doctor.

LunaMetrics’ LunaLabs

LunaMetrics offers recipes for Google Tag Manager, Data Studio, Optimize and BigQuery.


Free PrintFriendly cleans and formats web pages for printing without ads, images or unwanted text. It’s got extensions for browsers, WordPress, iPhone and Android.

Video Archives

Archive now has a lot more content…including video.

This Day In History: 🏒 The Miracle On Ice 🏒 On February 22, 1980, in one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog 🇺🇸 US hockey team made up of college players (many of them University of @MinnesotaGophers), defeated the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Russians were regarded as the finest hockey players in the world but fell to the youthful American team (headed by #Minnesota coach, Herb Brooks) 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the #hockey gold. The “Miracle on Ice” was more than just an upset at the #Olympics; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing. President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the America would boycott the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Americans were suffering from a major recession and the Iran hostage crisis and in need of something to celebrate. . . . . #MiracleOnIce #MiracleOnIce1980 #OlympicHockey #ThisDayInHistory #MinnesotaHockey #MinnesotaGophersHockey #MinnesotaGophers #1980 #StateOfHockey #StateOfHockeyMinnesota #MinnesotaHistory #MNHistory #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #TBThursday

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