Piers Dillon-Scott


Robot journalists & Venice's '500 year old Facebook' – July 11th round-up

From robot journalists, to Facebook's 500 year old Italian cousin – here's what we learned this week.

This has been a week of progress. We've learned that advances in mobile technology mean that a growing number of people around the world are skipping 'traditional' banks in favour of mobile money accounts.

Human created digital stories are replacing traditional advertising; revenues from which have fallen 1.2% in the past year alone, and are likely to fall further. While robot-created digital stories are replacing the work of humans.

But our progress doesn't leave everything to the past. Advances in big data are helping us uncover stories hidden in centuries' old archives.

Out with the old and in with the new.


South America and Africa lead the way in mobile money

Across Africa alone there are nine countries where mobile money accounts outnumber traditional bank accounts

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$17.7 billion, that’s how much mobile ads will be worth this year

Just don’t ask about desktop or traditional media advertising…

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