Making a living from music is tough. Live events haven’t exactly been buzzing over the past year, physical media sales are largely in freefall, and — unless you’re a Drake or a Taylor Swift — streaming revenue is probably more of a drip than a stream. For more than a decade — 4,450-something days to be precise — Jonathan Mann has been steadily plugging away at his career as a musician. In addition to doing corporate gigs and commissions, he writes and posts a Song A Day on YouTube. He’s attracted a decent amount of attention from this but, like the overwhelming majority of artists, it’s still a grind to find ways to monetize his talent. A couple of years ago, Mann learned about CryptoPunks, a project carried out by a pair of technologist-artists who posted and sold a set of 10,000 unique characters on the Ethereum blockchain, with no two figures quite alike. He was fascinated. What if, Mann wondered, he took his first year of Song A Day songs, 365 in all, and put them on the … [Read more...] about NFTs and the explosive rebirth of artificial scarcity
Feeling a little cooped up? Hulu can help alleviate that, thanks to its stellar lineup of films. Unlike its sibling, Disney+, Hulu is not confined to family-friendly Disney movies. Instead, Hulu offers the best of all worlds, with films that range from G to R ratings. The downside of Hulu is that its movies come and go all the time, and there are some great flicks that won’t be around for much longer. The good news is that we’ve already found the best movies leaving Hulu at the end of March. Now it’s up to you to find the time to enjoy them. Trying to catch all the best films before they become unavailable at the end of the month? Lucky for you, we’ve also rounded up the best movies leaving Netflix and the best movies leaving Amazon Prime . Platoon (1986) Oliver Stone’s Platoon is a seminal war movie, but it’s almost a horror flick as well. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris Taylor, a soldier assigned to a platoon in the Vietnam War. Taylor soon finds himself torn between … [Read more...] about The best movies leaving Hulu at the end of March
A robot started prowling the aisles at my local Stop & Shop grocery store a few months ago, a tall, thin drink of water with big, ridiculous googly eyes at the top of its 7-foot-tall frame. Called Marty , the 140-pound robot was first rolled out in 2019 and is continuing to expand his empire, finally reaching the Long Island store I’ve been frequenting. Huzzah? Marty spots spills and other hazards, and … well, that’s it. Sure, “cleanup on aisle nine” just got more interesting, but his capabilities are limited. Nice try, guys. Meanwhile, Amazon Go stores are pioneering retail at a whole different level, automatically detecting you as your car enters the parking lot, leaning on A.I. to determine whether you’re merely eyeing the aioli or purchasing those potatoes, and automagically charging your credit card as you stroll through the exits — no swipe required. Retail today is nothing like the shopping malls of yesterday, and the future of retail is headed in a new direction … [Read more...] about The future of retail: Do robots, A.I., and AR spell demise for stores?