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Artificial Intelligence is becoming an essential part of the professional toolkit. And there are a growing number of solutions for content creation.

I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are the most compelling current tools out there for video professionals, which both improve the efficiency of editing workflows and allow for new creative exploration. Innovation in this field will undoubtedly speed up in the coming years, so it’s important for creators to embrace automation to stay competitive — not just with other humans, but with competing AI as well.

AI is a broad field, but two terms important to…


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German Postcard, circa 1900 | Source: airships.net

I have, and want to tell you all about it – though I should say off the bat that I’m not an expert in either. But as someone who’s interested in Carbon Capture, it seems that blimps could be an intriguing pathway to help the budding field … take flight.

But before we get into that, let’s back up and spend a minute to talk about blimps or more generally airships. Because humanity has a sordid history with them — what was once the thing of dreams, literally went down in flames with the Hindenburg.

But the dream never fully…


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Climate Change is happening now. Our planet is changing in unprecedented ways. And while there are growing efforts to limit its potential damage, it’s now becoming apparent that we should also be preparing for what’s to come.

The budding field around this preparation is called Climate Adaptation.

Climate change adaptation is a response to global warming, that seeks to reduce the vulnerability of social and biological systems to relatively sudden change and thus offset the effects of global warming, including increases in the frequency or severity of weather-related disasters. [UNFCC]

You may have heard the term Climate Mitigation used as…


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With the release of the The Green New Deal, people have been pouring over the details …and in many cases, lack thereof. But one area gaining notoriety has been around livestock emissions.

Most media outlets are covering it with quippy headlines about cow farts — even though the reality is that it’s actually belching that causes the emissions. But regardless, they’re right that the methane it produces is bad: methane is estimated to be roughly 30x times worse than Carbon Dioxide emissions.


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We’ve all done it: started a video in one window on our computer, opened a new one and continued to surf & write emails. This is passive or background viewing and something that up until recently, was relegated to desktops. Though in the past year, background videos have slowly but surely begun to creep into mobile and it’s poised to totally change how we watch video on our phones.

(Wanna just listen to a podcast of this article instead?)


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Icon courtesy of Adrien Coquet

Claiming that we consume way more media than 10 years ago is one of those hopefully obvious truth’s like the world is round (sorry B.o.B) or Climate Change is real (sorry totally backwards human beings). And we can give a lot of the credit to the ever expanding media portals in our pockets.

Though because of their size, shape and more notably where we use them, smartphones have also meaningfully changed the content itself. …


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Of all the sweeping changes mobile phones have had on media, one of the easiest to spot is the square video. Most of us know the rationale: as opposed to widescreen, square videos take up more real estate on mobile (upwards of 78%), and that corresponds to increased engagement, views and completion rates.


Devices like Alexa and Google Home are getting smarter every day. And while it’s fun and all to be able to tell it to play music or order a Lyft — one as yet untapped arena where it could really blow up, is in business.

Imagine this — you’re in a meeting and sitting in the middle of the table is a small speaker-assistant documenting everything everyone is saying, awaiting orders:

Can you pull up the presentation on screen?

What sites are performing better than ours this month? How we do compare?

Eek, can you email everyone who’s using the…


We’ve spent the better part of the 20th century building a robust culture around cars. Though as autonomous vehicles start to take over, parts of that world might no longer be relevant. Is this a bad thing? No one’s really sure yet. But in a few years, our cars will just start to feel like the bus, rather than a part of our identities. For the purposes of brevity let’s just say that: AV — Autonomous Vehicles

1. We Will No Longer Teach Our Kids How To Drive

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License to Drive — The two Corey’s at their finest

Driver’s Ed teachers are in a class of their own. I’m sure a few of you have a story or two about your…


We all know the image: someone slightly hunched over, staring down with a glazed look, illuminated by a blue hue. This is The Digital Bow.

Society’s well aware of the issues. And it’s been analyzed on every level: from light hearted commentary like Improv Everywhere’s Seeing Eye People, to solutions like Technology Sabbaticals, to some pretty morbid forecasting in books like Alone Together by Sherry Turkle.

And yet, nothing’s really changing. …

Eric Slatkin

Creative interested in Climate Change and future things. Formerly CD at Tastemade, CHOW/CNET, Founder of Disposable Film Fest | Based in LA

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