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Episode 114 - Google's MUM, 911 Drones, and Ethical Obligation

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 06/01/2021

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Topic 1: Google Replaces Bert with MUM

At I/O 2021, Google introduced MUM — Multitask United Model. According to Google, this new language model is 1000 times more powerful than BERT, the search engine they released in 2019. MUM is coming to Google products sometime in the future.

Note: BERT = Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers.

Did BERT change your life two years ago? Will you actually notice the move to MUM?

https://yoast.com/google-mum/ 

https://yoast.com/google-bert/ 

https://www.data.gov 


Topic 2: Drones as first response to 911 calls.

The Chula Vista police drones can now cover 100% Of of the City For Emergency Calls. And they are deploying drones at "first response" to emergency calls. Of course the drones have video recording and two-way communications.

Channel note: Go get some of this money!

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2021/mar/19/chula-vista-police-drones-100-city-emergency-calls/ 


Topic 3: Forum topic - Ethical vs Contractual obligation

Warning: Tough discussion of ethics in business. What do you and your clients owe each other? Can you limit your client relationships to transactions?

And in the area of security, can you actually inform clients enough that they can make good decisions to operate at a lower level of security? How do we begin to talk about standards around these conversations? It's fine to say "Buyer beware" - but only if the buyer has some chance of understanding what that really means.

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