AI is the future: for good or ill

“It can be [anything] from a very simple and specific task being replicated in a simple algorithm to an intelligence system that can take complicated decisions,” explained the Digital TV Group’s Yvonne Thomas. “We see a big advantage to using AI and machine learning technologies in... search and discovery. Increasing the reach of content and making it discoverable is absolutely key [for the] monetisation of content.”

Rich Welsh, SVP for innovation at digital technology outfit Deluxe, who chaired the RTS event, said: “[AI] can be used, like any technology, for good or for bad.”


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RTS London looks at AI in broadcasting

The two architects of the programme – BBC Four channel editor Cassian Harrison and BBC Research & Development’s head of internet research and future services, George Wright – explained how they used artificial intelligence (AI) to create Made By Machine: When AI Met The Archive at an RTS London event in early December.
This followed up on an event in May, when RTS London explored how AI technology could shape TV’s future.

RTS London learns how AI could shape broadcasting

Very broadly, AI is teaching computers to “learn” from data without being programmed (rather as humans do) –  so-called “machine learning”. 
Ian Whitfield, founder of Virtual AI and ex­ ITV director of technology, explained how his company’s systems enhance the automation of back-office processes that are fundamental to broadcast TV: “In channel scheduling, many of the repetitive and time­consuming tasks can be done by robots.”