The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

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WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only… Read more »

Trump Can’t Stop the Globalization of Work—the Internet Will See to That

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DONALD TRUMP IS promising to make America great again by keeping others out. That approach is already undermining the smidgen of tentative good will he had enjoyed from the tech industry. As a strategy for keeping jobs in the US, it’s also fatally flawed. Turns out that in a world connected by the internet, isolationism… Read more »

Why has the country of Cameroon blocked the internet?

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Three weeks after reports that Cameroon had blocked the internet in English-speaking parts of the country, residents say services have yet to be restored. So what is going on?  Cameroonians have little doubt that pulling the plug on internet services for about 20% of the population is an intentional act by the government. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »

Smile, you’re on camera, and it knows who you are

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Facial recognition technology has evolved at breakneck speed, with consequences that could be benign or altogether more sinister, depending on your point of view.  High-definition cameras combined with clever software capable of measuring the scores of “nodal points” on our faces – the distance between the eyes, the length and width of the nose, for… Read more »

Canadian tech firms optimistic in face to Trump’s immigration restrictions

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While U.S. immigration restrictions introduced late last week are bringing the stateside technology industry together in outrage, some Canadians see a positive ripple effect on tech recruitment and investment north of the border.  “Canada has an opportunity to be a country where the best talent from around the world can move here and do their… Read more »

Your tech habits leave a carbon footprint, too

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The company you are using and the way you power your home are all factors in the way your technology affects the environment, researchers say. Source: Washington Post Date: February 1, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/01/25/your-tech-habits-leave-a-carbon-footprint-too.html Discussion 1) “How do our tech habits affect how much power we use and the environment? Finding an answer is harder than you may… Read more »

Look who isn’t talking: Why Canadians are being left behind in the voice-activated tech wars

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“Alexa, why can’t I buy you in Canada?”  That’s the question many early technology adopters here would like to ask one of the hottest gadgets in the U.S. Source: Toronto Star Date: January 26th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/01/23/look-who-isnt-talking-why-canadians-are-being-left-behind-in-the-voice-activated-tech-wars.html Discussion 1) “One potential sticking point is language. Alexa used to be English-only, but in September 2016, the company launched the… Read more »