Posted by & filed under Amazon, Ethical issues.

The concerns tied to devices like Amazon's wristbands range from the potential for discrimination to data security risks for the company's employees.Amazon recently won patents for wristbands that could be used as part of an inventory system, communicating with equipment in warehouses and nudging employees via vibrations if, for example, they were about to place items in the wrong bins. But in a world where the legal limits on gathering and using people’s data remain largely undefined, use of such devices could quickly turn nefarious, some experts say.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Date: February 28th, 2018

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-amazon-wristbands-privacy-20180215-story.html

Discussion

1) What sorts of other uses could this technology be put to other than tracking the people who work in the warehouses at Amazon?

2) Is this really an invasion of privacy or more an attempt by Amazon to improve workplace safety and efficiency?

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security, Internet of Things.

In a May study of 553 IT decision makers, 78% said they thought it was at least somewhat likely that their businesses would suffer data loss or theft enabled by IoT devices. Some 72% said the speed at which IoT is advancing makes it harder to keep up with evolving security requirements.

Source: Wired Magazine

Date: February 23rd, 2018

Link: https://www.wired.com/brandlab/2017/06/iot-is-coming-even-if-the-security-isnt-ready-heres-what-to-do/?intcid=polar

Discussion

1) What sorts of things are included in IoT (Internet of Things)?

2) Why are IoT devices so useful to hackers and problematic for the rest of us?

Posted by & filed under Automation, Career, Emerging Technologies, Ethical issues, Google.

While most advertising on the web is respectful of user experience, over the years we’ve increasingly heard from our users that some advertising can be particularly intrusive. As we announced last June, Chrome will tackle this issue by removing ads from sites that do not follow the Better Ads Standards.

Source: Chromium Blog

Date: February 23rd, 2018

Link: https://blog.chromium.org/2018/02/how-chromes-ad-filtering-works.html

Discussion

1) Why should all marketing majors need to understand this?

2) Why do companies like Google rely on industry standard like Better Ads Standards when designing how their software works?

Posted by & filed under AI/Artificial Intelligence, Amazon.

Seattle’s Amazon Go cashierless convenience store opened to the public last month.  (Benjamin Woodard/The Seattle Times)

Amazon.com plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, Recode reported.

The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle, where the first and only Amazon Go store opened to the public last month.

Source: Seattle Times

Date: February 23rd, 2018

Link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-plans-to-open-six-more-cashierless-go-stores-recode-says/

Discussion

1) Why is Amazon doing this?

2) What could Amazon learn from having automated shops?

Posted by & filed under Amazon, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Tableau.

If you’re like many Tableau customers, you have large buckets of data stored in Amazon S3. You might need to access this data frequently and store it in a consistent, highly structured format. If so, you can provision it to a data warehouse like Amazon Redshift. You might also want to explore this S3 data on an ad hoc basis. For example, you might want to determine whether or not to provision the data, and where—options might be Hadoop, Impala, Amazon EMR, or Amazon Redshift. To do so, you can use Amazon Athena, a serverless interactive query service from AWS that requires no infrastructure setup and management.

Source: Tableau

Date: February 23rd, 2018

Link: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/tableau-10-4-supports-amazon-redshift-spectrum-with-external-amazon-s3-tables/

Discussion

1) This could appear to be very complex, but take a look and read just the words you understand.  What is going on in the image above?

2) What is Tableau and what is AWS?

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This video is a TV commercial from Microsoft talking about their AI systems.

Source: Microsoft

Date: February 15th, 2018

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4

Discussion

1) What actually is Artificial Intelligence?

2) What sorts of applications can you think of, beyond those shown in the video, that could use

Posted by & filed under Productivity Paradox.

In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world’s most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technology can, in some circumstances, make businesses less productive.

Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,” the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gains in output per worker as happened with earlier technological upheaval. Many developed economies have actually seen productivity stagnate or decline.

Source: Bloomberg

Date: February 15th, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-05/microsoft-says-it-s-true-cat-videos-distract-workers

Discussion

1) The “productivity paradox” was first discussed back when PC computers started entering businesses.   Can you explain in simple terms what the paradox is?

2) How could you stop workers playing cat videos at work?

Posted by & filed under AI/Artificial Intelligence.

Kate Chan, a 30-year-old digital marketer in Silicon Valley, first approached dating apps with a blend of curiosity and hope that they’d help her find a great guy.  But after six months of dead-end mismatches with guys she thought were boring or work-obsessed, she has gone back to what she called “meeting the old-fashioned way”: without a screen. She now meets guys at do-it-yourself crafting meetups and her rock-climbing gym.  “I didn’t want to rely on the algorithms anymore,” she said. “When it comes down to it, I really have to see that person face to face, to get that intuition, that you don’t get in a digital way.”

Source: Washington Post

Date: February 15th, 2018

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/why-silicon-valley-singles-are-giving-up-on-the-algorithms-of-love/2018/02/14/6cbd74ee-1041-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html?utm_term=.1660f4df7e45

Discussion

1) “Maybe the human mysteries of chemistry and attraction aren’t problems big data can solve.”   Is the issue the AI, the app, or the chemistry?

2) What other things are out there that would be very difficult to apply AI to?

Posted by & filed under AI/Artificial Intelligence.

Peter Lane

As companies rely more on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to find the right job candidates, is recruitment in danger of losing that personal touch?  Peter Lane, a 21-year-old who graduated last summer from Cardiff University with a degree in History, is hoping to get into business consulting.  He’s applied for 55 jobs and secured around 15 interviews, but believes technology has hindered rather than helped his search. The interviews weren’t what he was expecting.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: February 15th, 2018

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42905515

Discussion

1) Is it ethical to use AI to screen candidates for employment?

2) What other applications might this sort of technology be usefully used for?

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security.

Two Venezuelan men went on a crime spree through Colorado, Idaho and Utah, cracking into seven ATMs and using software to trick the machines into spitting out as much as $98,000 at a time.  The alleged crooks used a technique common in Latin America and Europe but very new in the U.S. called “jackpotting.” Thieves use a key or violently crack open the exterior of an ATM and then insert software into the machine’s computer hard drive instructing it to purge all of its cash.

Source: Denver Post

Date: February 9th, 2018

Link: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/02/09/atm-jackpotting-colorado/

Discussion

1) What physical steps can a bank take to stop “jackpotting”?

2) What logical (as in within the ATM software code) can a bank take to stop “jackpotting”?