6:00 PM -- Looking at stories like this is a good reminder of the tendency in consumer electronics to go over the top with features and functionality. Making stuff easy to use, inexpensive, and fun works, too, especially when the market goes too far the other way.
I think Nintendo is doing a great job of being more Apple-like. They're not blinding folks with technology and they make sure each gadget has a network service to support it, feed it, and bring recurring revenues.
I wonder: How likely it will be that the Wii -- or gaming consoles in general -- could be simple, attractive residential gateways for service providers to offer customers as a way to be different from their cable competitors, who seem committed to the big, boring set-top?
re: A Wii Bit Fun It's been a while since a set-top maker tried anything as ambitious. But your blog reminds me of the time (circa 2001) that Pace Micro prototyped a cable set-top integrated with the Sega Dreamcast console. The concept went absolutely nowhere with operators (surprise, surprise), but the press briefing was fun...they let us play Crazy Taxi, and we were thankful for it.
Machine learning is primed to help service providers run more efficient and effective networks, but first the good ideas have to make their way from the lab to the real world – and that's a big challenge, according to the University of Chicago's Nick Feamster.