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Does Trump’s ‘Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine’ Hold Water?

The secret to Donald Trump’s win: a masterful combination of big data-based manipulation of hapless Facebook users, combined with ‘weaponized’ artificial intelligence (AI) which the Trump campaign used to mount a relentless misinformation machine.

Or depending on your perspective, Trump’s people simply leveraged the latest generation of software tools better than the Clinton campaign was able to manage, a carefully crafted turnabout after Obama’s two campaigns successfully gained advantage on the McCain and Romney campaigns respectively by using the latest software of the day.

Regardless of how you look at the situation, influencing public opinion is what political campaigns are all about, and successful ones leverage all the tools at their disposal. Increasingly, such tools are software-based – and where political campaigns forge the way, enterprises are sure to follow.

While the inside story of the Trump campaign’s use of cutting edge technology may have nefarious overtones for some, the reality is that it set the bar for both progressives as well as conservatives in the future – as well as anyone else seeking to gain a competitive advantage using AI and big data.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/03/05/does-trumps-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine-hold-water/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Massimo Barbieri.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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