June 26, 2013Arcosanti celebrated Summer Solstice, the SuperMoon, and what would have been Paolo Soleri’s 94th birthday this past Friday evening, June 21, 2013.Paolo’s birthday – the first without him here – gave us an opportunity to start a new tradition at Arcosanti. We intend in future to host an annual dinner on June 21 to honor Paolo, celebrate the work he began here, and allow all of us who are alumni and who have become part of that work, to continue to share in it.[photos by Sue Kirsch; text by Jeff Stein]For this first time out, with just Arizona alumni invited, we had barbeque in the vaults, socializing with friends we haven’t seen for awhile, and a screening of Aimee Madsen’s film, PAOLO SOLERI: BEYOND FORM.We had conversations about the work that’s coming up at Arcosanti, and how staff here, with input from alumni and others, are at the beginning of developing a 6-year plan that would bring a couple projects to fruition by 2019, the hundredth anniversary of Paolo Soleri’s birth.And we spoke of plans for the public celebration of Paolo’s life, this coming September 20, 21, and 22, with events at Cosanti, at Arcosanti, and at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale. Save those dates, please, and watch the Arcosanti website as we remember the life and work of Paolo Soleri this fall.
Finnish service provider DNA is to air HD versions of all four of the country’s public channels on its cable network.Earlier this month DNA said it would introduce Yle TV1 HD and Yle TV2 HD on its cable and terrestrial networks. The company will now add Yle Teema HD and Yle Fem HD to its cable network, which reaches about 600,000 homes in Helsinki, Oulu, Lahti, Kuopio, Turku, Pori, Rauma and Lohja.Yle will close its existing HD compilation channel, Yle HD, when the new individual HD services begin broadcasting.“We are thrilled to be able to offer all four of Yle’s HD channels through our cable network as soon as they start broadcasting. Home televisions are being rapidly updated to high definition devices, but a big HD screen will only come into its own when watching true high definition content, such as films, sports or music entertainment. Finnish people now have a unique opportunity to witness, for example, our own legendary ice hockey heroes, Teemu included, in the Olympic Games, in true high definition,” says DNA’s director of television business Mikko Saarentaus.
IBC will run its one-day Leaders’ Summit on Thursday September 11, ahead of the opening of the expo in Amsterdam a day later.The 150 person invite-only event will open with journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil interviewing Channel 4 CEO David Abraham.Other speakers lined up for the day include: Niclas Ericson, director of TV for FIFA; Erik Huggers, senior vice president of Verizon Communications; Balan Nair, executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Liberty Global; Endemol CEO Just Spee; and Ove Anebygd, vice-president and head of solution area media, Ericsson.The theme of this year’s event will be the topic “leading innovation and change” and the day will be split into four sessions called: taking the pulse; embracing change; the impact of new players; and preparing for the future.
David BensonGoogle’s director of global media strategy and planning, David Benson, has apologised to advertisers for “not brand-safe” content that has slipped through on its platforms.Speaking at the Future Advertising Forum in London this morning, Benson prefaced his presentation on how advertisers can optimise their TV and digital mix with “an apology and a thank-you” to its advertisers.“It’s not acceptable that bad people can turn our platforms to their own uses and we are dealing with that,” he said. “It is difficult, but we are committed to it.”Benson shared the stat that 87% of Google content take-downs are now actioned before a flag is raised thanks to its “extensive and massive AI capabilities.” He said this is how Google plans to “track and take down these problems before they occur”.The comments came in the same week that YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that YouTube would grow its ‘trust and safety teams’ to 10,000 people in 2018 to clamp down on content that violates its policies.YouTube has been working hard this year to purge its site of violent and extremist videos and is its is now turning its attention to what Wojcicki described as “other problematic content”, such as inappropriate videos featuring or aimed at children.A recent investigation by The Times newspaper flagged up videos, with ads served against them, that it claimed “exploit young children and appeal to paedophiles”.“Human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because human judgment is critical to making contextualised decisions on content,” said Wojcicki in an open letter published this week.“Since June, our trust and safety teams have manually reviewed nearly two million videos for violent extremist content, helping train our machine-learning technology to identify similar videos in the future.”