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  • IT authors and entrepreneurs Ryan Morris, Karl Palachuk, and Dave Sobel provide commentary on the changing world of technology opportunities and emerging tech. We want to expand the discussion from the SMB IT channel to all things tech - with one eye on the future and the other on profits. Join us!
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  • Episode 88 - Robo-job Apocalypse Delayed; NATO Publications; and Facebook Algorithm

    Dec 01, 2020

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    Topic 1: The Robo-job Apocalypse is Being Delayed.

    We've covered this story from several angles over the last years. Turns out robots are adding more jobs than they are taking away. Robots are affected how much people get paid, not whether they have jobs.

    1 big thing: The robo-job apocalypse is being delayed


    Topic 2: A great resource to explore - NATO's research on evil actors in worldwide technology.

    Start with the web site https://www.stratcomcoe.org/publications.

    We particularly love this report:

    Also check out the quarterly report on robot trolling. All really good, well-researched, and a little scary.

    Book cited: The Big Switch by Nicholas Carr.

    Topic 3: Turns out, Facebook CAN tweak the algorithm.

    Facebook has long claimed that they cannot make changes to their "news" algorithm. Specifically, they have claimed that they cannot start tweaking the viral nature of trends on their own platform.

    Now they are saying that they had to crank down the viral nature of some posts during the election. The goal was to diminish extreme divisiveness.

    It may or may not be good. But clearly they can adjust their algorithm. We discuss.


    Another fun show! Share with your friends.



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    34 mins
  • Episode 87 - Proctored Exam Overkill; Smart Cities to Watch; and Video Games that Are Good For You

    Nov 24, 2020

    A bit of wisdom from Dave on marketing: If you are only buying a sure thing for marketing, you are LAST.

    Note: This space is available. YOU could be advertising here.

    Topic 1: Modern "Proctored" Exams are creating excessive anxiety.

    Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic, and now students are fighting back. (This was originally a Washington Post article, but you need a subscription to read it there.)

    You should read at least some of this article to get the gist of what's going on. Aside from over-doing distrust, the over-use of technology is making the system worst. This is also a reflection of how behind the times education is.


    Our conclusion: If you're paid to give advice, don't ignore stupid stuff like this. Earn your pay and speak up!

    Topic 2: Eight Smart Cities to Watch During Pandemic

    A great look at some actual, real-world application of various technologies. This is a longer article and very good. Is your city on the list?

    It's really amazing how much cool stuff is being done to improve the livability of cities with technologies that help with citizen participation, traffic managements, safety, and more. This is way beyond traffic lights and road sensors.



    Note that there's also a HUGE opportunity here. These are cities, not states or federal governments. Cities hire people like you to make this stuff happen.

    Topic 3: Video games are good for well-being (University of Oxford study).

    People who play video games for long periods of time tend to report feeling happier than those who do not, the study shows. The Oxford Internet Institute research focused on two games: Nintendo's Animal Crossing and Electronic Art's Plants vs Zombies.

    In an unusual step, the developers of the games shared anonymized data about how long each participant had played. These logs were then linked to a survey in which the players answered questions about their well-being.

    A total of 3,274 gamers took part!!! All were over eighteen years of age. In previous research, data gathered about the duration of subjects' gaming sessions was based on self-reported "guesstimates," which can be inaccurate.




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    31 mins
  • Episode 86 - 3D Printing, AI Analysis of Reddit, and Bias in Facial Recognition

    Nov 17, 2020

    Topic 1: 3D printing that makes sense.

    We have covered 3D printing several times. Now we get to report on some seriously cool applications. Medical applications are some of the coolest applications for 3D printing.

    3d Printing is moving out of the "emerging" phase and finding some real uses in the real world.

    https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-future-a832ca67-a3a6-46a4-b805-9e9471b3e8a8.html (See story #3)

    Topic 2: AI Analysis of Reddit users.

    Here's an interesting use of AI. The folks over at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) analyzed the words and moods of writers on Reddit over time. They found some interesting shifts in personal emotions over time.

    We look into the tech as well as the environment (Reddit). There are always questions about the research techniques, but it helps a lot that this is from MIT and not some random blogger.


    Topic 3: Taking the middle ground on facial recognition and bias.

    We've covered the racial biases that are often built into facial recognition. Now, the Detroit city counsel is taking the middle ground: Don't throw it away; but don't use it as it ships (filled with problems).

    This is another area where the prices are coming down and the use cases are increasing.


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    31 mins

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