At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference a few weeks ago, Apple-owned Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine said humans would play a crucial role as curators—a.k.a. DJs—for its upcoming Apple Music service.
“Algorithms alone can’t do that emotional task,” Iovine said. “You need a human touch.”
On this week’s episode, Webmonkey sits down with WIRED Executive Editor Joe Brown to talk about curation and algorithms—humans versus machines—and the role each is shaping up to play in the emerging digital publishing landscape. We also examine the skillset that today’s journalists need to survive in the world of new, new media. Hint: it’s not enough just to know Microsoft Office.
I Don’t Need a Monster Truck — America is the land of the truck—so why is it so hard to find one that isn’t giant-sized?
I Ate Nothing But Burritos For A Week — Buzzfeed reporter (and WIRED alum) Brendan Klinkenberg tests the limits of a bad diet—and good content.
Curation and Algorithms — Stratechery’s Ben Thompson on how major tech players negotiate human versus machine intelligence.
Have a question or feedback for Webmonkey? I’m WIRED software engineer @whyisjake.