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Episode 61: LIVE Podcast - Burrito Delivery, Emerging Tech, and Your Favorite Accelerant

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 05/28/2020

Episode 66 - Limiting AI, Apples Buys an RMM, and more show art Episode 66 - Limiting AI, Apples Buys an RMM, and more

The Killing IT Podcast

Topic 1: Limit AI Research before it happens? Wired reports that an AI algorithm that "predicts" criminality based on a facial recognition is drawing ire. Meanwhile, some AI experts are calling to stop this line of research altogether. Topic 2: Apple buys an RMM . . . Will this affect us? (and Dave notes his predictions along these lines). Note also Amazon’s new use of the term "managed service " with regard to their Honeycode project. Described online as a "managed service" you can buy. See . . . Topic 3: Life after the Pandemic . . . Will we actually get to attend anything in...

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Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile show art Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile

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Our sponsor today is PC Matic - Thank you! More info at -- -- -- Topic 1: Coming boom for freelancers? Part of the rhythm of the economy is that economic downturns result in new opportunities. This time, the question is, will this help independent IT consultants? Note: When decision makers are looking for special skills, they would rather hire an outside source rather than train someone in-house - even if cost is not a factor. Related Link:   Topic 2: IT Glue released their 2020 Global MSP Benchmarks. A few notes. Around half (51%) of MSPs saw monthly revenue decreases as a result of...

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Episode 64: Facial Recognition, the New Normal, and the 4-Day Work Week show art Episode 64: Facial Recognition, the New Normal, and the 4-Day Work Week

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Special Note: This week's podcast is brought to you by our friends at Third Tier. For more information, visit . Topic 1: IBM and Amazon get out of facial recognition Major companies are backing away from developing and working with facial recognition technology. Issues include both the racial bias and the fact that they are working with police agencies. And then there was another shoe that dropped on the facial recognition topic. Other, older, related links: Topic 2: Let's Ban the term “New Normal” Everything changes all the time. We discuss whether the term "new normal" is actually...

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Episode 63 - Facebook Shops, Lobbying Efforts, and Current Events show art Episode 63 - Facebook Shops, Lobbying Efforts, and Current Events

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Topic 1: Facebook Shops Will you (should you) set up a shop on Facebook? We give our perspective. Related Link: Topic 2: Lobbying by and for the IT Community Should we be lobbying on behalf of the IT Community? What does that look like? We discuss some of the major issues and what we think the (near) future might look like. Who should speak for us? Topic 3: How will we be affected by the current events and unrest, once the dust settles. Again, just our opinion. But we feel that we need to say something. Your feedback is always welcome! :-)

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Episode 62: Classrooms, Chromebooks, and Connectivity show art Episode 62: Classrooms, Chromebooks, and Connectivity

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We have a bit of a theme going through all three of today's topics: Education. Topic 1: Google Classrooms - too meager? In case you haven't seen it, here is "Google Classroom." Google Classroom is super low tech. Is it too low tech? How much tech is needed in order to serve the education market? We discuss design, technology, and intended purposes. Of course this discussion touches on the topic of access to high speed Internet. More and more, true Internet access is becoming a requirement for education. Old link, but we all downloaded it before it became hard to find: Our saved version: ...

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Episode 61: LIVE Podcast - Burrito Delivery, Emerging Tech, and Your Favorite Accelerant show art Episode 61: LIVE Podcast - Burrito Delivery, Emerging Tech, and Your Favorite Accelerant

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Recorded LIVE at the SMB Online Conference! (Conference attendees can see and listen to all four topics in the Conference downloads area.) Topic 1: Where do we stand on burrito delivery? Update on our year-old bet: Will your pizza (or burrito) be delivered first by flying drone or driverless car/robot? Well, that driverless car might have lots of fees attached (see New York Times). And of course industry news is hard to separate from "pandemic" news right now, but workforce slowdowns will affect the pace of technology adoption. Relevant links: Topic 2: Emerging Technology and Digital...

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Episode 60: AI and VR in the Pandemic - and Spying on Employees from Now On show art Episode 60: AI and VR in the Pandemic - and Spying on Employees from Now On

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Happy "Diamond" anniversary - 60 episodes!   Topic 1: Are we breaking artificial intelligence? In this era of "pandemic," our behaviors are different from normal. That can be confusing for AI. In fact, it points out some of the weaknesses of AI data gathering, and how the models can wander off in the wrong direction. Topic 2: What happened with VR? This newsletter articles from Axios asks the question: Did Virtual Reality miss its big opportunity in this era of changing technology? And we ask . . . If not this time, should we be ready for the next opportunity? Or will VR's time to...

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Episode 59: Facial Recognition, Facebooks's Supreme Court, and Sales After the Pandemic show art Episode 59: Facial Recognition, Facebooks's Supreme Court, and Sales After the Pandemic

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Please check out our new “Killing IT Reading List” - at . Promo: Join us at the SMB Online Conference May 19-20. As a bonus, we're doing a "Killing IT Live" session. Check it out at . Topic 1: The Next Evolution of Facial Recognition - good and bad Makers of facial-recognition technology are trying to figure out how to adapt to a world in which people cover their faces to avoid spreading disease. Scouring social media and other apps for facial recognition database. Is this legal? Ethical? Also - finding children who have been victims of crimes. Sounds good, but also has some drawbacks....

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Episode 58: Virtual Events, Economic Speculation, and Office Space after the Pandemic show art Episode 58: Virtual Events, Economic Speculation, and Office Space after the Pandemic

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Check out the “Killing IT Reading List” at . Topic 1: Virtual Events -- what you want to see A different kind of discussion here. Would you rather rush out from quarantine to a channel-focused event, or maybe a sporting event, a social event, or even a concert? We are still waiting for a "killer app" for online events. Topic 2: The Economy Where are we? Note: Wild speculation ahead! We are clearly on our our way to recession. How soon will we start to move out of it? How paralyzed are you by the statistics? What are the implications for business when there is so much uncertainty? In the...

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Episode 57: Amazon CX, IT Communication, and Blockchain in the Grocery Store show art Episode 57: Amazon CX, IT Communication, and Blockchain in the Grocery Store

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Topic 1: CX Rules - Amazon makes it a little more difficult to buy - so you won’t be disappointed. Amazon has made several subtle changes in response to the current economic environment. Specifically, their delivery times and inventory are no longer as reliable as they used to be. One example: They have reduced the “people also bought this” option so they are not automatically pushing items that might be out of stock or take longer to fulfill. They are also pushing Kindle versions of books, which never go out of stock. The goal is to minimize bad Customer Experience and maximize the...

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Recorded LIVE at the SMB Online Conference!

(Conference attendees can see and listen to all four topics in the Conference downloads area.)


Topic 1: Where do we stand on burrito delivery?

Update on our year-old bet: Will your pizza (or burrito) be delivered first by flying drone or driverless car/robot?

Well, that driverless car might have lots of fees attached (see New York Times).

And of course industry news is hard to separate from "pandemic" news right now, but workforce slowdowns will affect the pace of technology adoption.

Relevant links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/technology/driverless-cars.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gm-autonomous-layoffs/gm-self-driving-tech-unit-cruise-laying-off-about-8-of-staff-idUSKBN22Q34W

https://www.reddit.com/r/doordash/comments/8p6rmi/doordash_scam_complete_step_by_step_as_it_happened/


Topic 2: Emerging Technology and Digital Transformation

(Dave’s pet peeve)

Wherein we explore the state of all this change in our industry. Are we there yet?

Link:

https://www.comptia.org/content/whitepapers/the-role-of-emerging-technology-in-digital-transformation


Topic 3: Life After the Pandemic

How much will the IT consultant’s business go back to the old normal?

Roundtable discussion. Karl says our definition of the network will be changed forever.

:-)