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January 2017 Archive

Consumer Drones Are Nuisances, Not Profits

Jan. 31, 2017

Drones as small as mosquitos and as large as a house were being shown everywhere at CES and the only ones that looked worthwhile had cameras attached to them or were being talked about for protection or production. Actually a couple of the "this is going to be a hot, fantastic market for us slashed staffs or closed their doors. The drone business is good and a lot of dads bought them for their kids over the holidays ... then crashed them. All of these things are great if they're used responsibly but being thoughtful and responsible isn't a huge market
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I’m Not With Stupid

Jan. 25, 2017

by Marty Perlmutter Digital Hollywood has become a VR/AR festival. It’s a jolly scene in campus-like setting, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. At its last gathering, Digital Hollywood had 39 panels on Virtual Reality. This time there may have been more. The range of topics was mind-altering. The ...
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The Long-Term View of Autonomous Transportation

Jan. 18, 2017

The autonomous car is coming whether you like it or not along with more than a few "minor" issues - like being out of WiFi range every now and then. But don't worry they can solve that quickly enugh. The rest of the transportation infrastructure may rquire more time than we can afford. It could still be a bumpy road...we'll see.
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Transhumanism: Today’s Tomorrow

Jan. 15, 2017

By Brendan Anduze The following is Brendan Anduze's review of Chapter 28 of the book "Google It: Total Information Awareness" published by Springer Science+Business Media. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. According to Bruere, transhumanism is a reaction to the current state of humanity, in which the world's ...
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Next Year, Let’s Think “A Little” About the Recipient

Jan. 11, 2017

The holidays and CES are behind us. If you're like us you know that because your inbox suddenly wonders why you're no longer popular. Christmas discussions (from product/service retailers) started earlier this year but there were still folks who waited for the last, last, last minute deals. Then with all of the breathtaking excitement that was going to be unveiled - all innovative breakthroughs - media folks once again became the heartfelt friends of publicists as they asked, demanded, insisted, begged that you just had to come by and see the exciting new whatever and meet with the boss. Of course you'll never hear from 90 percent of those friends until next CES when they'll be handling someone else's devastating market crusher. Understanding their "customer" still seems to be a work-in-progress with some marketing, communications folks.
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Recognize the Signs when it’s Time for a Job Change

Jan. 4, 2017

It's a brand new clean/fresh year. The possibilities are limitless unless you're carrying forward too much garbage from 2016. Some of it is yours to change. You know positive attitude, renewed enthusiasm, advancing your expertise and maybe move to a new opportunity. There's no best time to move on but you can sense when a change in scenery is best for everyone concerned...especially you! Often it's because of a shift in the organization when management brings in "new blood" at the mid-level and things change. You'll recognize the signs but just make certain you're making the change for all the right reasons. You'll know if your relationship with your boss has steadily deteriorated and you need to start 2017 off on the right foot revitalize your career somewhere else. If things have gotten to that point make the change quickly, professionally. Take the high road. It's a new year...maybe its time for a new beginning.
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