Netflix’s new show, Sense8, is about the intertwining lives of characters who can jump in and out of each other’s consciousness. They connect both telepathically and empathically, brought together in a non-physical way reminiscent of how deep our relationships with people on the internet can sometimes be.
Now Netflix has brought this concept to music, by creating a symphony composed by the brainwaves of eight strangers. Netflix brought in eight fans of the show, with the goal of having them “collaborate on something together using just their minds.”
They hooked the fans up to an off-the-shelf EEG machine, monitoring their brainwaves as they were exposed to a series of stimuli: light, sound, scent, and graphics. These stimuli were designed to elicit certain psychological responses. The machine then read the participants’ alpha, beta, delta, gamma, and theta waves, combining them into music using a specific formula.
According to Netflix, the symphony was conceived of like “a jazz chart where the structure of the overall tune is defined and followed, but the individual performances aren’t known until they happen, they’re improvised in the moment.” Netflix provided the “rhythm section” and the “song flow,” but the individual melody points were taken from the oscillating brain waves of the fans.
But why do this particular project?
Show creator J. Michael Straczynski says there is something almost musical in the way the brain works, in the way electrical signals jump between neurons.
You can read more about the precise details of how they composed it at the official website, and hear the symphony below:
Fast food chains — dubbed Quick Service Restaurants — have started embracing apps that let customers order ahead of time and pick up in-store. In part, it’s about convenience but it’s also about helping these retailers drive revenues higher.
Recently, Taco Bell launched a mobile order-ahead app that allows customers to purchase food from the app and pick it up without waiting in line. The app has seen significant early success — with higher average order sales boosting total revenues.
In recent research from BI Intelligence, we look at how fast-food chains are leveraging mobile order-ahead to attract more customers, intensify loyalty, ease payment friction, and drive additional incremental revenues.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
In full, the report:
Fans of the British car show “Top Gear” rejoiced earlier this week when news broke that its three hosts have a new TV show on way after inking a deal with Amazon, which plans to let members of its Prime shopping club stream for free.
Amazon reportedly paid a whopping $250 million for three years of global rights on the new series, winning the show despite competition from ITV and Netflix.
That’s about $7 million per episode, but analysts are calling it a big win for the ecommerce company.
“That Amazon was able to win the series away from Netflix, despite Netflix’s larger global distribution base, indicates that a competitor with large enough pockets can put a chink in Netflix’s armor when it comes to acquiring original content,” analysts from Bank of America write in a note Friday morning.
Amazon has been seriously investing in digital content for several years, as it tries to boost the appeal of Prime. After all, it’s Amazon’s bread-and-butter: Members may spend more than double on the site per year than non-members do, according to an analysis from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners in January.
Its original show “Transparent” won a Golden Globe earlier this year, making Amazon the first streaming site to score the “best TV series” honor. CEO Jeff Bezos put it frankly: Amazon’s also the first company to use a Golden Globe to sell toilet paper.
The company is clearly betting big that the new Top Gear-esque show could make its $99-a-year shopping club more attractive.
Top Gear was the world’s most popular TV program, with over 350 million viewers, and the global distribution rights mean Amazon will be able to stream the series in any region and license the show for broadcast even where Prime isn’t available.
As a price comparison to the $7 million-per-show price tag, Netflix reportedly paid about $100 million for two seasons of “House of Cards” — $4 million per episode — and about $9 million per episode for the show “Marco Polo.”
Netflix was actually the frontrunner for snatching up the Top Gear trio, with The Daily Mirror reporting in early June that the company was “very close” to signing a deal.
To BAML, Amazon’s surprise win shows that “although Netflix has been the undisputed champ of streaming originals, they are not invincible.”
Not that it will see any short-term effect on its business. Netflix is still generally seen as having a better selection than Amazon Prime and while Amazon preps the new Top Gear show for release next year, it will likely continue to build its own original content base.
SEE ALSO: How I fell into Amazon’s ‘trap’
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Donald Trump isn’t the only person associated with his presidential campaign who has a tendency to make controversial comments about minorities.
Sam Nunberg, one of Trump’s political advisers, has a personal Facebook page that features notes he’s posted since 2007.
These updates, which are riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, contain many racially charged statements including one instance on August 25, 2007 where Nunberg wrote about calling Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter “N—!”
Nunberg is a lawyer who graduated from Touro Law Center in Long Island, New York. He is an associate of controversial Trump adviser Roger Stone.
According to Nunberg’s Linkedin page, he served as the co-chair of “Students for Mitt” in New York City for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign while he was in law school. Nunberg’s Linkedin also says he worked for the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project and the conservative non-profit American Center for Law and Justice.
Trump’s campaign finance reports show Nunberg is one of eight individuals who were paid political advisers on his campaign from April through the start of this month. During that period, the reports show Nunberg received $15,139 from the Trump campaign.
When Business Insider reached out to Nunberg to ask about the comments, he expressed his surprise and said he could not remember posting them.
“I’m shocked and I don’t recall them,” Nunberg said.
Nunberg also noted he was not working for Trump when the comments were posted.
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign told Business Insider that Nunberg would be “terminated immediately” when they verified he posted the comments on Facebook. They also described Nunberg as a “low-level” staffer.
“Sam Nunberg is just a short-term consultant with the campaign along with many others. If he did make these statements he will be terminated immediately,” the spokesperson said. “Mr. Trump would never condone such statements from anybody in his campaign … even if that person had a low-level campaign position.”
Business Insider pointed out to the spokesperson that the comments were first being reported in this post. The spokesperson explained that they wished someone who had seen them earlier or when they were originally posted had alerted Trump. Business Insider also noted Nunberg was only one of eight paid individuals listed in the Trump campaign’s financial disclosures. The spokesperson still disputed any characterization of Nunberg as a senior staffer.
“He has been, as you know, part of some type of organization in the past, but has not been a senior person on the campaign,” the spokesperson said, adding, “And if these statements are accurate, we are very clear that Mr. Trump would never condone such statements from anybody on the campaign.”
In a phone conversation with Business Insider, Sharpton said Nunberg’s remarks raise questions about the Trump campaign operation as a whole.
“That is ugly and repugnant for anyone to have access to the frontrunner as a paid employee that has these kinds of sentiments and has them so arrogantly that they would place them on their Facebook page,” Sharpton explained. “This is not something that someone said and was overheard, this is something that he has branded. And if he can be the communications person for the frontrunner, then this is an offense and a direct slap in the face of all Americans that would entertain whether or not Mr. Trump could be the leader of the free world.”
On his Facebook page, Nunberg has published strongly worded attacks on politicians from both parties. Much of Nunberg’s digital criticism focused on President Barack Obama. Among other things, Nunberg called Obama a “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser” and “Farrakahn’s Messiah.” Some of Nunberg’s posts about Obama contained seemingly mocking references to the president’s race and background including updates where Nunberg implied Obama is a “Kenyan” and “Muslim.” Three days before Obama was inaugurated in 2009, Nunberg joked that “there still are tickets available for the Hip Hop Inaugral Ball.”
Check out some of Nunberg’s posts about Obama below.
Though Nunberg’s message about Sharpton’s daughter was somewhat censored, Sharpton said the post is clearly an “N word” and “racist,” particularly when viewed in the context of Nunberg’s messages about Obama.
“When you refer to him as ‘Kenyan,’ when you refer to him in those terms and when you spell out omitting letters using an N-word referring to my daughter thats as racial as you can get,” said Sharpton. “You can’t get more racist than that.”
Along with attacking Obama, Nunberg also criticized Republicans on Facebook. He said New York City mayor and 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was a “punk” with a “bad lisp.” Nunberg also dubbed Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), who has been a frequent target of Trump’s, as “McLame.” During McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, Nunberg published an update mocking him as too old to run for office.
On January 30, 2008, against the backdrop of McCain’s White House bid, Nunberg posted a pair of updates criticizing what he described as “open border Republicans. Nunberg had several Facebook updates indicating he was a fan of conservative radio host Mark Levin, who has attacked McCain for supporting immigration reform. In his second post that day, Nunberg suggested he agreed with Levin and said McCain was flushing the GOP “down Taco Bell’s toilet.”
Huckabee isn’t the only 2016 presidential candidate who faced Nunberg’s Facebook wrath. Nunberg has dismissed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as a “fat slob.”
On June 10, 2009, Nunberg seemingly criticized his future boss when he published an update siding with Carrie Prejean, who had been stripped of her Miss USA California title by Trump amid a nude photo scandal. Trump, who owns most of the Miss Universe pageant, approved the decision to take Prejean’s title. Nunberg clearly did not agree:
In addition to the update about calling Sharpton’s daughter “N—!,” Nunberg also referenced the civil rights leader in a post on October 15, 2009. That update referred to an incident where conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was dropped from a group that tried to buy the St. Louis Rams after National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed concerns about Limbaugh’s “polarizing” statements. Nunberg said this was unfair since some NFL players have criminal histories and described the situation as “Rev. Sharpton justice YO!”
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A handful of payments companies including Square and PayPal are moving beyond their core market in payments to take advantage of an opportunity to help small businesses grow.
Following the 2008 financial crisis, banks severely restricted access to capital, disproportionately affecting fledgling and medium-sized businesses. Annual loan originations to businesses with $1 million or less in revenue fell dramatically between 2007 and 2013.
For payments companies like Square and PayPal this created an opportunity. They are now offering loans and advances to their small-business clients and charging a fixed fee for the capital advance. It’s a way to develop a new revenue stream and help their merchants grow (which in turn, means more money from credit card transaction fees). In a recent BI Intelligence report, we explain how these digital-lending programs work, how they stack up to alternatives, and why banks should be worried about these programs taking off.
Here are some of the key points from the report:
In full, the report:
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