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Episode 97: Alphabet Internet and Creepy Microsoft Chatbots

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Episode 111 - Hacking Waze, Cookies by Drone, and Discussing Diversity show art Episode 111 - Hacking Waze, Cookies by Drone, and Discussing Diversity

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Topic 1: Burger King diverts McDonalds customers - via Waze This one is kinda cool because it's so sneaky. With just a taste of big data. When people are close to a McDonalds billboard and headed toward a restaurant, Waze lures them off to a Burger King instead. Just sneaky, or actually immoral? Link: Topic 2: Girl Scout Cookies by Drone Not a burrito or pizza. But it's pretty cool to get your cookies by drone. Makes us ponder: Are there things you would actually pay a premium to get via drone? We're thinking yes for cookies, and probably no for a ream of paper. Link: Topic 3: Basecamp...

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Episode 110 - Hacked Ice Cream Machine and Right to Repair show art Episode 110 - Hacked Ice Cream Machine and Right to Repair

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Topic 1: Hacked Ice Cream Makers at McDonalds A very strange right to repair! If you buy an expensive machine, do you have the right to buy a third-party add-on that makes it work better? Topic 2: EU looking to regulate “High-Risk” AI High risk determined in two steps by considering whether it may cause certain harms and, if so, the severity of the possible harm and the probability of occurrence. Possible damages include - death of a person - damage of property - systemic adverse impacts for society at large - adverse impact on financial, educational or professional opportunities of...

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Episode 109 - Offensive Tech Jargon, Facial Recognition Update, and Geo-Location Ethics show art Episode 109 - Offensive Tech Jargon, Facial Recognition Update, and Geo-Location Ethics

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Topic 1: Racist (and other offensive) Tech Jargon Words matter. The most obvious example is "master/slave" but there's plenty of other insensitive terminology around. Remember, these terms might make sense to you, but you clients may hear it and wonder exactly what you're talking about. Link: Topic 2: Facial Recognition Update. Facial Recognition has evolved considerably in the pandemic. It has been banned in a few places. It has been regulated a bit at the local (not federal) level. Amateurs are now getting in the game (e.g., Used to identify police during protests). And the police have...

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Episode 108 - AI on Fiverr, Millions of IOT Devices Compromised, and More show art Episode 108 - AI on Fiverr, Millions of IOT Devices Compromised, and More

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Topic 1: Will Bots Take Jobs? AI Robots are coming for your jobs! Or - in a much more realistic interpretation, they are coming to reduce the amount of mundane process work that humans do so they can focus on interpersonal stuff that robots can’t do. We take a mostly positive spin on this one. Related Link: Topic 2: 100 Million IOT Devices Compromised Scary fact: As the number of deployed devices continues to grow exponentially, the size of these incidents will also continue to grow. This will also have an effect on our liability insurance and state/provincial legislation. Related Link: ...

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Episode 107 - Best Practices, Ingram/Harmony, and Water Cooled Servers show art Episode 107 - Best Practices, Ingram/Harmony, and Water Cooled Servers

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Topic 1: Should you rely on best practices? We return to the question of what ARE best practices and how you define them. But more than that, should you be following other peoples' so-called best practices? Stop leaning on best practices, and experiment! Related Link: Topic 2: Distributor Ingram Micro Buys Harmony PSA. First, do you care? Second, is this a good move? Would you be tempted to a PSA owned by one of your distributors? Related Links: Topic 3: Submerged Servers. Like, IN the water. Last year Microsoft completed a test of sealed server data centers at the bottom of the ocean....

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Episode 106 - Multicloud, Deep Fakes, AI, and More show art Episode 106 - Multicloud, Deep Fakes, AI, and More

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Topic 1: Stop Talking About Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud It's time to take this seriously and talk about Integration. As always, we take a stab at the terminology used by our industry and ponder about what's really going on. We all love jargon, but it's important to dig a little a figure out what's really being discussed. Related Link: Topic 2: Detecting Deef Fake Videos with AI Scientists developed a clever way to detect deep fakes by analyzing light reflections in the eyes Related Link: Book to note: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Topic 3: Next Up - Open AI that doesn’t...

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Episode 105 - Cops and Robots, Distributors and Bitcoin show art Episode 105 - Cops and Robots, Distributors and Bitcoin

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Topic 1: Cops and Robots Move to stop NYC police from using armed robots. Note: The police do not own any armed robots, but they do own some robots. So this is totally a preventive measure. We previously discussed the use of AI and facial recognition by police departments. The question here is, when do we begin the conversation (before or after deployment)? Related Link:   Topic 2: Is Bitcoin mining compatible with Singapore’s green initiatives? Bitcoin mining uses about the same amount electricity as Norway! Now Singapore is questioning whether this non-green factor is consistent with...

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Episode 104 - AI Mayflower, NFT Artwork, and RMM News show art Episode 104 - AI Mayflower, NFT Artwork, and RMM News

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Topic 1: AI Mayflower to Cross the Atlantic This is a recreation of the Mayflower voyage with a 100% autonomous ship. Great for research and proof of concept. The Smithsonian doesn’t talk about autonomous shipping vessels, but that might be an option going forward. There are currently very small crews on shipping vessels, but there might be some advantages with this technology. Related Link: We update our burrito bet. Topic 2: NFT - Non-fungible Token Artwork By now you've heard of NFTs, particularly artwork stored with Etherium blockchain guarantee of authenticity. Sold on Rarible.com or...

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Episode 103 - Big Tech Lobbying, Massive Security Camera Breach show art Episode 103 - Big Tech Lobbying, Massive Security Camera Breach

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Topic 1: What works, works: Big Tech Targets DC via Old-School Media Facebook, Amazon, and Google ads are blanketing inside-the-Beltway newsletters in a bid to rehab their tarnished reputations. The big tech companies are getting ready to do battle. So they need to soften up members of Congress. Here’s the interesting part: They didn’t use social media to get the job done. They used good old advertising . . . in newsletters. Of course we use this to look at the whole "Big Data vs. Congress" debate going on right now. Link:   Topic 2: Security Breach at Security Camera Company IoT...

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Episode 102 - Drone-Killing Drones and People-Saving Drones show art Episode 102 - Drone-Killing Drones and People-Saving Drones

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Topic 1: Drone-Killing Drones Great video from "Drone Hunter." AI Powered Drone captures and eliminates drones over no-fly zones, concerts, football games, public addresses by politicians, etc. Karl notes that we hope California deploys these to take down drones flying around forest fires, endangering the pilots trying to fight fires. Video here . . . scroll down a bit: Topic 2: Robots save people from drowning One bot featured in this story. But toward the end you see there are several competitors. Who knew this is a market with growing competition? And that led us to look at robots that...

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Topic 1: Update on the update: Alphabet cancels their balloon-based internet offering

Apparently, they listened to last week’s show. After many years and billions spent, Alphabet (Google) has dropped their plans to provide Internet access to remote areas via lighter-than-air balloons.

Side note: We are deep inside an era where private organizations are taking on challenges - and trying new things - without direct government help.

Related Link:
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-parent-company-shutting-down-loon-its-internet-beaming-balloon-project/


Topic 2: Shall we adopted the word “integrator” to describe our channel partners?

A view from another industry. The Commercial Integrator magazine proposes the work Integrator for their slice of the channel. We think this mostly works. Is there a similar term for the so-called managed services providers in the channel?

Related Link:
https://www.commercialintegrator.com/business_resources/technology-integrator/


Topic 3: Is this a good or bad use of chat bots?

Microsoft has patented some technology that they now say they will not produce. Basically, they can take pretty much anyone with a substantial data record and create a "realistic" chat bot. This easily includes lots of famous people. But it might also include someone close to you who just happens to be dead.

Creepy? Some people think so. What do you think?

Related Links:
https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-patents-a-chatbot-to-imitate-real-people-2021-1

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/27/tech/microsoft-chat-bot-patent/index.html

“Microsoft patented a chatbot that would let you talk to dead people. It was too disturbing for production”

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