Lots of things come to mind on September 11th. The bravery of the first responders, the way the country came together after the attacks, the changes in how we live our lives every day now because of what happened. The most important lesson that we learned was that “On 9/11, we’re reminded that the unthinkable can happen.“
As with any technology, automation of social media has been co opted for evil. A recent example of this with the President gave me a bit of a scare, and in “‘Bots’ are here, and they are scaring this tech guy a little” I share why and what we can do about it.
Self-driving cars are being tested in the Phoenix area now, and they will be available to businesses and consumers soon. Such a significant change will affect tech businesses, even if they are not in the automotive supply chain. In “Autonomous cars are coming soon. What you need to know” we take a look at the tech behind them and what businesses need to know about this disruptive trend.
I still can’t believe it. I’m still kind of mad. I went with my son to get his driver’s licence and it was a smooth and efficient process. After I got done reeling from this change in a cornerstone of common modern struggles, I realized that “If the DMV can be efficient, so can your business.” We no longer have an excuse for being inefficient, if the DMV can clean up its act we have to.
In our new modern world, much has changed. We are more connected and more mobile, working anywhere we need to. And with the emergence of the sharing economy we are letting others drive us and staying in other people’s homes. This impacts a lot of things in our lives, but one major input is that “Making a statement about who you are in a digital, shared world” is very different. Take a look at this post and think about it. How do you share who you are?
There is a great STEM program here in Arizona called the “Chief Science Officer” that is backed by the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Technology Council. In “Building tomorrow’s science and technology leaders with Arizona’s Pioneering Chief Science Officer program” I go over some highlights on how they take kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and help them become leaders in their schools and advocates for better STEM education.
Not a lot of people have the same advantage that I do, I have a profession that I really like. Being an engineer is fascinating and a true pleasure because engineering is hard, and when smart people do it right it is so interesting and exciting. It is about the process and figuring stuff out – like a solving good puzzle, but better. Learn more about why I like what I do in “Taking time to be thankful for being able to do this engineering thing“
I don’t like clickbait. It undermines the trust between information provider and consumer, and I think it needs to stop. Take a look at “You will be shocked when you read what this technology expert has to say” where I go on a bit more and channel my inner Andy Rooney. Id does also include some recommendations on how we as content users can make a difference.
We have all been there. You get back from vacation and you have eight hundred unread emails. For a lot of us we never actually make our way through them all. In “4 simple suggestions to deal with all those unread emails” I cover some ways to get through that pile and get back to being productive. If you like it… don’t email me.
I am sick and tired of cyber security fear mongers hijacking so many technical discussion. Even meetings on STEM education seem to always devolve into a discussion on CyberSecurity. The last time this happened to me it reminded me of what it was like back in 1998 and 1999 when IT Consultants were spreading fear in order to charge huge fees to solve problems with the Y2K that many programs had. So I asked the question “Is ‘cybersecurity’ the Y2K of this generation?” and if the hysteria being spread is actually bad for solving these real and serious problems.
I’m an engineer. If pushed I will tell you that function should dominate design and that spending time and resources on aesthetics or styling is a waste of money. But a little voice in my head would be screaming “No! Wrong!” because there is value in the visual beauty of something. Nowhere is that truer than in architecture
Everyone has adjusted to the fact that these days products are manufactured and sold globally. What many companies have not accepted, is that fact that the product development process is also global. If you don’t accept that and adjust, your competition will. “Developing a product in a global market” goes over the basics to successfully leveraging global resources to develop new products.
Ten years ago PADT, deposited $1,000 into an online service called Kiva. Kiva makes small loans to people all around the world. We just made our 100’th investment, bringing us to $7,900 lent to different businesses in 40 different countries around the world. Take a look at “Using small amounts of capital to make a big difference with microloans” to learn more about how you or your company can make a real difference in people’s lives.
The world of 3-D printing is changing fast. New materials are announced and new systems are proposed almost every month. And as with any fast-growing technology, there is a lot of hype. When something is announced it will get a lot of press and attention, but what do you really need to know to follow the industry? In “Five 3-D printing breakthroughs everyone needs to know about” I take a look at the changes that should have the most impact on product development.
Reaching a high number of contacts on social media is one of those modern accomplishments that is not as simple as it appears. In “3000 connections on LinkedIn: Celebrate or so what?” I talk about my reaching such a threshold, and then what that really means for business. The connection you make, although superficial and weak, have impact. In my opinion, it’s a good thing. Read it and see what you think.