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Viodi View – 04/13/23

Navigating CES, which stretches through multiple Las Vegas convention halls and venues, is challenging. That journey is exponentially more difficult when one is in a wheelchair. Skip to the end of this issue to hear from Cruise’s Michele Lee and Google’s Sasha Blair-Goldensohn as they provide a first-hand look at the challenges and some of the developments that promise to make their respective journeys a little easier.

Content Neutrality & More with Ajit Pai

Former FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai provides an overview of Section 230 and the concerns surrounding this brief part of legislation that changed the course of communications. He also discusses the concept of content neutrality and provides an update on his latest venture, which has him, once again, traveling through rural parts of America.

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Listening to and Learning from Your Customers to Unleash Innovation – #Summit23

In this interview, Michael Weening, President & CEO of Calix, describes Calix’s recipe to help their customers. Speaking at the ACA Connects Summit 23, Weening indicates that Calix’s engineering teams collaborate closely with their customers to solve problems, discover opportunities, and drive innovation. Their six customer advisory boards help them direct their development efforts.

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Looking Back and Looking Forward with Rocco Commisso

It could be argued that the broadband we enjoy today rests on a foundation largely built by the original cable television pioneers. Those pioneers and their hustle that built an industry from scratch are heroes to Rocco Commisso. This timeless interview complements Commisso’s recent appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

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Remote Control Excavation, Autonomous Hauling & More – #CES2023

Opening the workforce to those who are physically unable to drive or control a tractor, excavator, or dump truck is one of the benefits of Caterpillar’s latest generation of products. In short, these solutions are making it possible to abstract the control and management of their mighty machines from the dirty and important work these amazing implements perform. Besides that, it is just fun to see someone controlling an excavator from a trade show booth.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

  • Windows (and not the kind you see through or that run a PC) make so much sense in the SVOD world, as Honey Berman argues in this excellent article in nScreenMedia. It is understandable how new media companies like Netflix and Amazon would not inherently grasp this concept, but it is surprising that Disney did not adopt this type of approach from the beginning.
  • @Puntium “I was always led to believe that the great digital divide was going to be between the haves and the have-nots. But the more I see tech spreading into all aspects of our lives, I see the real divide is between the young and the old.” @Viodi “What about the Green Bubble divide between iOS and Android users?”
  • @LanceEliot “If you are using ChatGPT, know that you are indemnifying OpenAI and might one day face a huge legal bill.”

The Korner – Designing Mobility for the Next Billion Passengers

Images from a video interview with Alain Kornhauser, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, Michele Lee, that include a picture of them, stats about the number of people who need accessible transportation, a promotional sticker for elevators are for everyone, and an image of Lee in the accessible Origin driverless shuttle.
Ken Pyle, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, Alain Kornhauser, and Michele Lee at CES2023

“If we’re overlooking this population, we’re losing out on a huge moneymaking opportunity,” states Michele Lee, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Accessibility for Cruise. Lee echoes recent Cruise-funded research from the National Disability Institute (PDF) that found that adopting accessible Autonomous Vehicles by people with disabilities could increase employment by 9.1M and U.S. GDP by 3.8% ($868 billion).

Google’s Sasha Blair-Goldensohn and Princeton Professor Alain Kornhauser join Lee in an impromptu interview about the importance of accessibility for mobility and more. Blair-Goldensohn’s mission at Google Maps is to add accessibility information to that valuable service. Kornhauser’s mission is to enable accessible and affordable autonomous mobility for people who need it.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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