15 Questions with Mark Luckie

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People like Mark Luckie have made diversity in tech a big topic of conversation this year. Luckie, 32, left his job as manager of journalism and news at Twitter in May. In September, he penned a widely circulated Medium post on what it was like to work at a tech firm as a black man. Source: CNN Date: January 29th, 2019 Link: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/15-questions-with-mark-luckie/index.html Discussion 1) “A major… Read more »

IBM’s Watson lives in more areas of our lives than we think

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IBM wants Watson to help solve professional and personal problems big and small. But it can’t do it alone.  To achieve its goal, IBM has been honing Watson’s various abilities and lending them to more than 500 startups and companies in 17 industries. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 29th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/technology/watson-cool-apps/index.html?iid=Lead Discussion 1) The article suggests that… Read more »

17 Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work

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Source: Mental Floss Date: January 29th, 2016 Link: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53792/17-ancient-abandoned-websites-still-work Discussion 1) It has been said that we are destined to repeat our mistakes if we don’t understand history.  How might a review of these “ancient” websites help us? 2) Why do you think these sites are still up and running, some of them 20 years after they are… Read more »

Will India go cashless if mobile payments take off?

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For the last 25 years Binod Upadhyay has been earning a living driving an auto-rickshaw – a yellow and black motorised three-wheeler taxi, a popular form of public transport in India’s financial capital, Mumbai.  As soon as he arrives at a destination he immediately turns round to check if the customer is pulling out a… Read more »

Technology could kill 5 million jobs by 2020

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Five million jobs in the world’s leading economies could disappear over the next five years because of advances in technology. Developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, and biotechnology, would disrupt the business world in a similar way to previous industrial revolutions, the World Economic Forum said in a report published Monday. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 22nd, 2016… Read more »

Why Apple is giving investors a heart attack

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Investors biggest concern is that Apple is quickly becoming a one-trick pony: 63% of the company’s overall revenue came from iPhone sales last quarter, up from 56% a year earlier.That’s a worry, because there’s evidence that demand for the iPhone is waning. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 22, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/22/technology/apple-earnings/index.html Discussion 1) What is your take on… Read more »

An interview with a hacker

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  CNN Tech conducts interviews with hackers to learn more about what motivates them. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 18th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/technology/superhero-hackers/confessions-of-a-hacktivist/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlarge&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) In the video one hacker is asked why he thinks it is ok to break the law to do what he does.  His response: “If we have to break the law… Read more »

Twitter crackdown on hate speech backfires

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Twitter’s new crusade against violent speech was a hot topic this weekend.  The company has gone after a popular — albeit controversial — Twitter user. It revoked the “verified” status of Milo Yiannopoulos, a British journalist at Breitbart News, on Friday evening.  Yiannopoulos has over 140,000 Twitter followers and is known for his provocative, unapologetic… Read more »

CES 2016 – Consumer Electronics Show

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What a crazy year at the Consumer Electronics Show! CES 2016 is a perfect mix of that past and future. Vinyl’s back with a vengeance. Tablets are cool again, and so is charging your iPhone. At the same time, virtual reality is finally showing up in force, and the future is banging down our door…. Read more »