The Evolution of Media: From On-Demand to On-Command
The media landscape is undergoing a revolutionary shift from on-demand to on-command services, driven by consumer control and advanced technologies. Consumers are increasingly dictating what, how, and when they consume content, moving away from long-term contracts to subscription-based systems with minimal irrelevant advertising.
Media companies walk a fine line between being a constant in consumers’ lives and becoming an annoyance. By collecting extensive information about consumer preferences, they tailor content to keep audiences engaged and curious. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to bring media companies closer to their consumers than ever before.
Innovating with AI and Consumer Insights
With robust consumer data and AI-driven analysis, media companies can predict customer preferences with unprecedented accuracy. They can proactively guide users towards content that aligns with their interests. The distinction between traditional media organizations and tech giants like Google, YouTube, and Facebook is blurring. YouTube, for instance, is already selling viewing trends to media channels, helping them understand what their audiences want to see and hear. This trend will intensify as technology enables companies to transform this data into personalized insights about consumer preferences.
Blending Reality with Virtual Experiences
The next step is fully interactive and immersive media experiences. For example, AI Music in the UK is developing AI engines that modify music tracks in real-time. As media becomes more personal and adaptable, trust emerges as a serious issue. Fake news, misinformation, and propaganda increasingly influence people’s perception of media. However, technology can also be a remedy. Platforms like Uj use blockchain to create transparent, decentralized databases of media rights and ownership, automating royalty payments through smart contracts and cryptocurrency. Similarly, Fekspot uses intelligent algorithms to analyze online reviews, ensuring the removal of fake reviews and helping consumers make better purchasing decisions.
A Human-Centric Media Future
By 2025, the media landscape is likely to be dominated by human-centric design, with systems easily integrating into consumers’ technological ecosystems like mobile, voice, and augmented and virtual reality. APIs and platform economies will grow in importance as companies from various sectors collaborate to anticipate and exceed consumer expectations. AI will become commonplace, enhancing customer interaction and managing resources for seamless self-service systems tailored to each user. Smart clothing will allow athletes and artists to share their secrets with fans worldwide.
Soon, musicians, artists, and athletes will connect with their followers through new media concepts that blur the line between consumers and what is being consumed. For instance, fans might invite a holographic version of their favorite singer to their birthday party or use virtual reality to join their favorite actor on stage and be part of the show. The future of media is not just about technology; it’s about creating deeper, more personal connections between creators and their audiences.
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