Alibaba build a feature that can suggest copy for your products

Similar technology exists for english / latin languages, but not as advanced as this:

Tapping the huge pool of content on Alibaba’s e-commerce sites Tmall and Taobao, the AI copywriter uses deep learning and natural language processing technologies learn from millions of top-quality existing samples to generate copy for products. Brands and advertisers can insert a link to any product page, and click the “Produce Smart Copy” button to see multiple copy ideas.

Read more on Alizila.

Bird hunting: Gamification to mobilize teens in a niche gig-economy

Bird, an electric scooter sharing company has found a way to mobilize teens in order to charge the scooters, but they perceive it as a game, a hobby almost. On top of this it seems there is a subculture rising that attaches social esteem to the act of “Bird hunting”.

Many people have thought of ways how video games can abstract doing “real work”, as to use the input of gamers to create value somewhere. I think Bird has found a small step in that direction, it’s fascinating to read how the local community is embracing this as a game which makes you some extra pocket money.

Commercialization of facial recognition in China almost sounds like a good idea

Someone just tweeted about this feature in WeChat that sounds almost as appealing as it is incredibly scary. Here’s how it works:

  1. Upload your selfie to WeChat official account
  2. Run Shanghai half-marathon
  3. Within hours get back photos of yourself (from thousands of pictures made by freelance photographer)
  4. Pay $1 to buy unwatermarked images

The best summary of why this could be problematic was by @donohoe:

It sounds like this could be from a popular sci-fi book but it’s real. Welcome to the future!

Source: @conniechan

Unethical growth hacks: A look into the growing Youtube news bot epidemic

Unethical growth hacks: A look into the growing Youtube news bot epidemic