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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 a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.