Something You Should Know about Computers


What's Next in Technology?

August 31, 2015

 

Interview with John Markoff, author of the book Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How we interact with technology has changed dramatically and will likely tend to do so.

 

John Markoff:
Where I live and work in San Francisco half the population, I swear to you, is walking around looking down at their palm at their smart phone. I mean they’re just everywhere that can’t be the final stage of human evolution.
 


John Markoff

How Technology Affects Jobs

August 12, 2015

 

Interview with Geoff Colvin, author of the book Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

 

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Mike Carruthers:
As technology allows more and more jobs to be done by machines many people worry that their job is next.

 

Geoff Colvin:
What’s happening is what technology has always done. Which is revalue skills, some skills become less valuable and some are becoming more valuable.
 


Geoff Colvin

Internet Problems

February 2, 2015

 

Interview with Andrew Keen, author of the book The Internet Is Not the Answer

 

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Mike Carruthers:
The Internet allows us to do so many things we could never do before but that’s not to say there aren’t some problems.

 

Andrew Keen:
The Internet was supposed to be all about innovation and disruption but having disrupted the old economy we actually have larger monopolies and less competition.
 


Andrew Keen

Computer & Smartphone Tricks - Part 2

January 6, 2015

 

Interview with David Pogue, author of the book Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Did you know that if you have trouble reading small type on a website you can change it?

 

David Pogue:
It’s the plus key and on a Windows PC it’s the control key too. So control plus and control minus controls the text size. On the Mac it’s the command key the one that looks like a pretzel. So you go command plus, plus, plus and you’ve just made the type bigger.
 


David Pogue

Computer & Smartphone Tricks

January 5, 2015

 

Interview with David Pogue, author of the book Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Of the millions of people who use their computer everyday a lot of them don’t realize that…

 

David Pogue:
When you’re on the web and you’re reading just hit the space bar to scroll down the next part of the page instead of using the mouse or the track pad – it’s just so easy to tap the space bar. And people are like you’re kidding I never knew that and it was right under their noses.
 


David Pogue

The Importance Of Face-To-Face Communication

November 17, 2014

 

Interview with Susan Pinker, author of the book The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

 

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Mike Carruthers:
So much of our communication today is electronic yet face-to-face contact turns out to be very important.

 

Susan Pinker:
Because interacting face to face releases a whole cascade of biochemical events that essentially provides biological resilience not only now but into the future.
 


Susan Pinker

Is Social Media Dead?

October 23, 2014

 

Interview with Lon Safko, author of the book The Fusion Marketing Bible: Fuse Traditional Media, Social Media, & Digital Media to Maximize Marketing

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Social media everybody’s talking about social media; Facebook, Twitter and the rest of them as the way to reach people and market products. But things are changing.

 

Lon Safko:
If it was 3 years ago if I was doing a webinar I could charge 150 bucks and get 100 people there. Then 2 years ago I could charge 50 bucks and get 100 people now I can’t get 50 people even if it’s free.
 


Lon Safko

Benefits Of Technology

October 1, 2014

 

Interview with Clive Thompson, author of the book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Whether or not you like or you use computer technology you must admit it has done something remarkable.

 

Clive Thompson:
People are able to you know when they’re wondering about something or interest in something or passionate to broadcast what they’re thinking about and connect to other folks who they had no idea existed and go really deep with them.
 


Clive Thompson

A More Productive Day

September 22, 2014

 

Interview with Mitzi Weinman, author of the book It's About Time! Transforming Chaos into Calm, A to Z

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Having a productive day really starts with planning it the night before.

 

Mitzi Weinman:
And then when you come in the next day you’re ready to go. And starting your day off with the highest priority or the thing you dread is really the way to go.
 


Mitzi Weinman

The Power Of Social Media In Business

September 17, 2014

 

Interview with Mark Babbitt, co-author of the book A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have been dismissed by many business leaders as being a fad but more and more it seems that…

 

Mark Babbitt:
Socials not a fad it’s not going away this is the way that business is done. The Industrial age is dead, the social age is upon us and we need to embrace that.
 


Mark Babbitt

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