Tech Friday


  • AI expert warns of a killer robot uprising:
    • Dr. Ian Pearson, afuturologistwith a background incybernetics, has warned thatour species risks a "robot uprising" at some point in the future
    • He indicated that manufacturers who are not forced to follow strict guidelines risk building robots that could revolt someday
    • He raised the concern that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could possibly shut down or sabotage human defenses in conjunction with a robot uprising
    • Dr. Pearson’s comments come amid growing calls to regulate robots and block the possibility of complete autonomy
    • Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (CSKR) is an organization that is calling for laws to prevent the use of any autonomous weaponry including robot soldiers
    • CSKRhas raised concerns that world’s leading nations are developing this technology at an alarming rate
    • Dr. Pearson has previously warned that robots could be used as assassins that change their appearance to conceal the crime and leave the police unable find the perpetrator
    • Ben Donaldson with CSKR has warned "We are on the brink of a new generation of weapons systems that can kill people without meaningful human control"
    • Check out the capabilities of some of the robots from Boston Dynamics:https://www.youtube.com/user/BostonDynamics
  • Google alternatives:
    • Google has come under fire for privacy concerns as well as liberal bias
    • Google's business model is built on surveillance capitalism and advertising. Both infringe on your privacy and one feeds the other
    • If you're not paying with money, you're paying with data. You're the product, NOT the customer
    • The Washington Post recently wrote "Google’s web browser has become spy software"
    • An increasing number of people are seeking alternatives to Google products, which is a good thing
    • TechSpot has compiled and excellent guide to Google alternatives, view it here:https://www.techspot.com/news/80729-complete-list-alternatives-all-google-products.html
  • USface skilled IT worker shortage:
    • 67% percent of enterprises plan to expand full time IT workersaccording to staffing firm Robert Half Technology (RHT)
    • RHT's survey covered more than 2,800 IT decision makers in 28 US markets
    • RHT's survey also found that many employers are finding it difficult to find skilled workers
    • This is a 4% increase from RHT's last survey
    • 89% of respondents said it is difficult to find skilled IT workers. 95% said they will bring on IT pros for projects and 59% said consultants are part of their hiring strategy
    • Some of the skills in high demand at the moment are:
      • Cybersecurity
      • Cloud security
      • Cloud computing
      • Business intelligence and reporting services
      • Database management
      • DevOps
    • Industries with the most opportunity include construction, business services, financial services, energy, utilities, oil and gas, retail and healthcare
    • Cincinnati ranked in the top 5 cities with expanding IT opportunities
    • There are many excellent options to learn these skills in the greater Cincinnati region, including low-cost options such as earning a 2 year degree from Cincinnati State or Gateway, then transferring those credits towards a 4 year degree at UC or NKU. Other options include private training companies, training "boot camps" and online courses 
    • Certifications can also help increase your employability and salary
    • It's an amazing time to be in IT and STEM related careers