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Is Smart Technology Making us Dumb?

Smart technology may make dependency on constantly using smart devices and it may potentially weaken human's cognitive skills as it just provides shortcuts and distraction. On the other hand, others believe that these are just an overstatement of the effects of high-tech consumption. What is your stance on this argument? ... More...

Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
It really depends on how you see it. I personally am someone who uses technology constantly, every single day. Sometimes I feel even feel bad of my level of dependency to the smartphone. However, I'm happy with the flexibility and ability that I have to access knowledge from all over the world. Anywhere. Anytime. This is reason enough to continue relying on technology, and further develop skills on how to actually exploit and put in practice the theory/knowledge accessed via smart devices.
Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
Smart tech does create a lot of distraction but this can be overcome by implementing tech in our life with a 'disciplined design'. As for human cognition, it is always looking for the next best thing to be occupied with, so I doubt it is making anyone dumber; also dumb is just a relative term. High-tech consumption needs to be controlled with discipline.
Naresh Menon
Business Management Expert
Logical thinking is not encouraged anymore because of the invent of smart tech. The thinking process is passed on to the tech by humans and hence the dependency level increases. Dumb may not be the right word for it but i would say that smart tech is making humans be less aware. We must find a balance in the usage of tech. It is rightly said that too much of anything is good for nothing.
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Can AI replace Mentors?

Could machines be as flexible, rational and spontaneous as mentors who are to listen to mentees and guide them through their career paths? ... More...

Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
The Human Touch is very important in mentor programs. However machines have the advantage of being able to process more data; hence for ex, will be able to forecast more possible career path options and advice relevant existing eligible courses. Ideally, the AI could provide relevant advice and at the same time match a mentor to more mentees to reduce the mentors. So 'No' AI would not replace mentors but could help them mentor more mentees with the same amount of effort.
Naresh Menon
Business Management Expert
The emotional quotient is very important in any kind of human communication. AI cannot replace mentors but can surely act as a catalyst in the communication process because of its data processing capabilities. It can be used as a tool to better the existing system but not as a replacement to mentors.
David Eccles
University of Melbourne
Hmm, having been extensively involved in mentor protege programs earlier in my career, I learned more from the mentor / protege who was not a "match" than the people that were considered good matches. AI still depends on the person who wrote the code and the assumptions they make. Coding to generalisations of behaviour is just going to catch the middle not the exceptional. My verdict is get back to me in 10 years when we'll know for sure. :-)
Mehran Shafiei
CIO Consultant
A machine learning based mentor opens up a wide range of possibilities and alternatives that allow mentees to access vivid images of their future path. It is because a machine can dig into its massive database of various scenarios and ways being already taken by similar mentees, thereby coming up with the most effective suggestions according to mentees' situations and preferences
Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
Probably yes, although I don't think it would be the best idea. Mentors not only provide "rational" and know-how lessons, but emotional support as well. It is important for mentees to understand and feel that someone is there to guide and join them in their professional career, and that 'human touch' is irreplaceable.
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Which streaming website suits you best?

There are a huge number of companies out there that provide streaming services to customers. Which streaming website suits you best? ... More...

Dante Solorio
iOS Consultant
I have used Netflix for some years. I'm really happy with their service, and their new productions are really good. They are short near from HBO productions.
Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
Myself, like Jonathan and Dante said, have only used Netflix, so I'm inclined to think it will become the top option for streaming in the coming years, if not already at this point. Can it eventually become a monopoly? I think so actually.
Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
I've been a Netflix user for a long time now. I'm pretty happy with the service and loading speed, however they can certainly make an extra effort including more content. Similarly, I just began using Amazon Prime video. So far so good, with a clean and well thought inclusion of extra information (i.e. IMDB, Google news) related to the film you're watching.
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Are we all fooled into believing fake news?

There are tons of accounts that mislead the public out there aiming to skew public opinion. They constantly produce and recycle fake news until it becomes a trending topic.

Then, hundreds of millions of social media users will see it on their news feed. When it comes to elections, it can make the majority of voters think a certain ... More...

Naresh Menon
Business Management Expert
Media since its inception has played a vital role in moulding people's opinions and perception. In order stay away from fake news and one must understand the credibility of the source of information. Even if there is a ban on the dessimation of fake news, It still will exist at micro levels. More consumer awareness is the need of the hour to tackle the problems of fake media.
Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
Yes infact I think fake news censorship will become an integral part of the current judiciary system. Just like the acceptance for the need for cyber security, it will first be implemented by 'first world' countries followed by the others.
Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
I remember the discussion we had re Mark Zuckerberg and his ban of false news sites in Facebook. I think it's a great move, although an even bigger challenge. Ultimately, I trust this will indeed help attack the increasing 'ignorance' problem in social media. Facebook is the first player, hopefully other social media platforms follow.
Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
We need reliable and trustable news sources. I recently read a post of how a teenager edited himself into a bands wiki page to get VIP seats. On the other hand regularizing these sources would mean loss of freedom of speech and dictator like control in the hands of a few. Media is power, and a big responsibility.
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What exactly is so great about Snapchat?

Last year, Snapchat, an app with disappearing messages, was ranked the third most popular social app among millennials, having a staggering 100 million users around the world. It is also predicted that more than 80 million Americans will be using it by 2020. But, what exactly is so great about Snapchat? ... More...

Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
Not sure if intimate is the word I would use though. I've tried it before and couldn't really see the value of it, but I'm not their target market. Its usage requires users to be with their phones absolutely all the time in order to "capture the moment" and share instantly. I get that, what I don't like is the dependency it creates for users and their phones, although I recognise this is something that will happen nevertheless.
Naresh Menon
Business Management Expert
I still wonder how Snapchat became this popular, with a feature that is is not as remarkable and innovative as other platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. The need for this application isnt justified when there are better and more robust applications with a wide variety of features. I have only seen others using Snapchat and never got intimidated to download it.
Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
I don't think we're the target demographic for Snapchat, mainly due to the ephemeral nature of its posts, and maybe by 2020 it will be superseded by another simple idea. I truly believe that the appeal of Snapchat is that there's no evidence of you have done, and thus, nothing to remind you later about them.
Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
This was what I asked myself when I tried it out for a week. Deleted it soon after. I think its a more intimate way sharing experiences through video
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What do you think of the VR challenges in the next 5 years?

A good virtual reality experience needs massive jumps in both hardware and software aspects. Heaps of next-level applications as well as interaction models are required to drive VR technology from this point. What do you think of the VR challenges in the next 5 years? ... More...

Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
Nausea issues and audio design would probably be smaller issues. Biggest would be creating relevant applications and adoption for VR. What would I like to do over a couple of hours disconnected from my environment hmm. Go on a vacation when I'm sick maybe.
Tristan Chipchase
Infrastructure Technician
Engaging content and immersion are going to be the hardest things to achieve with VR. I think that the novelty will wear off pretty quickly. Much like a lot of console/PC games there'll be some good stuff, really engaging. Most of it will be pretty average and uninspiring. When you get your first head set you'll ride a roller coaster; sit on a tropical beach, whilst sitting on your semi-comfortable lounge trying to ignore the traffic noise coming through your windows, then you'll drown out the world with some semi decent head phones. You'll get sick of looking at the same things. I really want immersion in my environment. You'll have to come up with a pretty compelling story to keep me interested. It's happened before, not with VR, but in other formats. Surely they can do it with VR too. Can someone come up with some necessary apps for the every-day man? There's only so many times I can practice removing an Appendix. with my PS4 light wand.
Naresh Menon
Business Management Expert
The main problem is the time it takes to develop a virtual space. Better reality experience and ergonomics means more time. Will it revolutionise the digital world, and help businesses grow is still uncertain. Most VR developers have to rely on and adapt technology originally meant for another discipline, and they have to hope that the company producing the technology stays in business.
Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
Well, I haven't used VR ever, not even once, but last week I saw people offering the VR goggles in the street, so I can imagine that if VR becomes a hit, they'll be everywhere in the next 5 years!
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Amazon is to spend $US4.5 billion on video in 2017

Having launched Prime Video in over 200 countries last December, Amazon is to spend $US4.5 billion on video in 2017, whereas the world’s most dominating streaming company, Netflix, has the content budget of $US6 billion this year ... More...

Tristan Chipchase
Infrastructure Technician
Everyone has to start somewhere. Give them time to build up their library and customer base and we'll see who comes out on top. Christensen's Disruptive Innovation Theory says that Amazon will fail to dislodge Netflix if they don't target a neglected niche market and work their way up from there.
Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
I really have a problem with this, I want a single source of streaming and I believe Netflix is the best suited, so if Amazon has content I want to see, that means I have to pay for that as well, and that's where my selfish side comes into play for this argument. For once, I want a monopoly in service.
Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
I doubt Amazon becomes #1 streaming provider anytime soon. However, being a user myself of both services, I can tell Amazon is doing a terrific job in getting there. Besides, new 'players' in this market is good for innovation, so we will all benefit from this.
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How much smart can your phone get, buddy?

It seems to be a great idea having a computer respond to your emails, especially while you are enjoying your vacation or being too busy with work. Smart Reply by Gmail is a way to guess which emails can be answered on your behalf and the responses you choose will help improve it in the future. But, how much smart can your phone get in providing a ... More...

Austin John
Emerging Tech Innovation
The first thought in my mind when i read this was 'disaster awaits my inbox' i would at no point want Google to analyse and reply to my emails. let it go everything else like auto order groceries etc
Jonathan Villegas
IT Project Consultant
I don't see technology replacing humans in situations where it has to decide whether reply or not regulating tone, content and vocabulary any time soon.
Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
I don't know about this one... I don't need to respond to every single e-mail I receive, not even from work, and what would be the difference between this and an Out of the Office notification? I always seek to personalize every reply, and this is an unnecessary complication from my point of view.
Mehran Shafiei
CIO Consultant
I do agree time is precious, though that how much accurate the responses will be is being asked in this post. For me, there are many obstacles in the way of Smart Reply and that's why Google Smart Reply hasn't improved dramatically since it was released last year. In addition, people are basically quite cautious about using such features as they may end up making irrelevant and silly responses
Emaddein Nematollah Farahzadi
NetApp Solutions Architecture
The most prestigious thing in life is Time and why not using any solution or technique to save it more and get rid of pressure?
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What are you gonna do with this huge amount of information?

Over the course of 1 minute, these happen on Facebook: 510,000 comments get posted, 136,000 photos get uploaded and 293,000 statuses get updated. What is a Data Scientist's stance on this huge amount of information going back and forth? ... More...

David Eccles
University of Melbourne
From a database transaction perspective I disagree about classifying it as massive. Mining it however for useful insights is where the true challenge lies.
Mehran Shafiei
CIO Consultant
Wonder if there is any other website around the world storing this much data. Although Facebook's databases are distributed across the world, the rate and speed of synchronisation is high and gathering data from those databases and putting them together could be considered a relatively massive job to do
Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
Data is the new oil, so bring it on! Analytics and Big Data strategies are a MUST for every IT company, even if they don't posses and store huge amounts of data, they could benefit from knowing those insights from their customers and the sites where they do store their information, like Facebook, Google & Apple.
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The future of healthcare robots

Healthcare robots are emerging very rapidly in hopes they can help doctors and surgeons with their analytical and decision-making skills. These non-invasive robots are to enhance doctors’ physical abilities in doing medical operations.
Are you ready to get healed by medical robots? What are your concerns as a potential patient? ... More...

Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
I'm very fond of this idea, I have heard of IBM Watson doing Cancer research with a good rate of success, so if these Healthcare robots can benefit from a powerful AI and provide better insight, I'm all for it. TBH I'd prefer a robot than human interaction in a Hospital, they'd tell me the truth, they won't judge my bad habits and will most likely give me the best diagnosis.
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SoftBank Group invests $1 billion in Uber

Uber has just received another $1 billion investment from SoftBank Group to enhance its technology as well as its corporate governance, according to TechCrunch.

Japanese-based SoftBank and Dragoneer Investment Group are also planning to purchase $9 billion of Uber shares from employees and shareholders, so they will own at least 14% ... More...

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Introducing Sygic GPS Navigation

Trusted by more than 150 million drivers, Sygic is nearly the most advanced navigation app at the present. The app provides drivers with an offline 3D map which gets updated several times a year for free.

Sygic gives drivers real-time traffic information, helping them to take the fastest route and providing visual and voice alerts on ... More...

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Does Uber have the right to reprimand users?

After 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove a ute onto a cycling path in Lower Manhattan, there has been much discussion over Islamic immigrants in the US.

"I was running late to a press conference in New York City and I couldn't find an Uber whose driver did not look like a Muslim", Laura Loomer — a conservative political activist ... More...

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AI made easy with Gluon

Gluon, as a Machine Learning model builder, helps developers with deep learning through combining training algorithms and neural network models.

According to TechCrunch, AWS and Microsoft designed and developed the open-source Gluon so developers can build machine learning models for the projects that require face-recognition or ... More...

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Future of Retail Brand Summit 2017

At Ebay's Future of Retail Summit 2017,
Devin Wenig, eBay CEO, believes:
Over time, brands on eBay are getting more attention and becoming more important by:
- considering better storefronts
- authentication of products
According to Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief of Wired. ... More...

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Uber to introduce a credit card

Uber has just partnered up with Barclays and Visa to launch a credit card service, starting the second of November, 2018.

This service includes:
- a $50 credit for online subscriptions
- a $600 phone insurance
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Can Elon Musk solve Puerto Rico’s power crisis?

After the hurricane Maria, the island wants to speak with Elon Musk in regards to his offer to use Tesla batteries to rectify the electricity issue.

After promising to build a battery plant in South Australia within just 100 days, Musk now tweets that he is also capable of rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electricity system using ... More...

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Some Facts on Job Outlook

Some Facts on Job Outlook!
Percent change in employment until 2024 ... More...

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The Magnificent Internet!

The Internet has become the town square for the global village of tomorrow! ... More...

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Nike's LED running track is a runner's dream!

After the first lap, the sensor attached to your shoe makes your avatar compete against yourself on a footprint-shaped stadium. This stadium has the capacity of 30 runners at once. Interestingly enough, your digital self on the wall gets bigger as you run faster! ... More...

Adrian Rodriguez
QA Manager @ Nasoft USA
I'm not quite sure about this one. When I was a runner I always had the idea that "I was competing only against myself" but I guess this is removing the metaphor and literally making you compete against yourself, which in principle sounds like the same, but I guess the spirit is gone, because now you are running versus your "shadow". Not a fan.
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Ultrasonic Gesture Recognition

Inspired by medical ultrasound, Ultrasonic Gesture Recognition is a new way for interacting with electronic devices through a micro machine that operates in air as well as some small and low-power sensors

The adoption of Ultrasonic Gesture Recognition is on the rise as it requires less technical complexity. As an example, this ... More...

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