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Monday, January 30, 2023

Navigating the Hybrid Era: How Companies Can Thrive in the New Normal of Remote and In-Person Work


It's been almost three years since we first started working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And since then, many of us have not returned to our office desks five days a week. This shift towards hybrid work, which combines remote and in-person work, is here to stay and is the biggest change in the way we work in our lifetimes.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Beyond the Cubicle: How WFH is Changing the Dynamics of the Work Spouse Relationship (or How to Survive Sharing a Home Office with Your Work Spouse)


Well, folks, let me tell ya, the 'Work Spouse'
has been around since the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Y'know, back in the days before the Covid-19 pandemic, the office was a breeding ground for interpersonal relationships, and the label 'work spouse' was like a rubber stamp of approval for a third-party 9-5 romance.

NFL and Tech Layoffs


The NFL playoffs and tech layoffs have a lot in common. Both rely heavily on data to guide their decisions, yet both are still prone to making mistakes due to psychological biases.

Take the story of Brock Purdy, a quarterback who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers as the last pick in the NFL draft. Purdy was seen as irrelevant and unlikely to make an impact on the team. However, due to a series of unexpected events, Purdy became the starting quarterback and led the 49ers to an undefeated season.

This story highlights the inefficiency of the talent market, even in professional sports where performance is quantified and analyzed. NFL teams have access to more data than ever before, but they are still prone to cognitive biases that can skew their hiring and firing decisions.

The same goes for tech companies. The recent wave of layoffs in the tech industry can be explained by irrational behavior and a herd mentality. Companies are laying off workers not because of economic concerns, but because other companies are doing it. This type of social contagion is driven by a fear of missing out (FOMO) on the success of other companies.

This herd mentality led to overhiring during the pandemic when money was cheap and remote work created room for growth. But now that interest rates have climbed and stock prices have dropped, tech companies are shedding


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Summarize the meaning of the song Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd and its social value.


Good Morning.  I asked SkyNet, "Summarize the meaning of the song Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd and its social value..."
"Welcome to the machine is a song that describes the process of becoming a star in a cold and mechanical way..."
It came back with: 

Saturday, January 28, 2023

WFH: The Death of the 'Work Spouse'


The "Work Wife", and "Work Spouse" has been around since the '30s. The Pre-Covid office environment was a petri dish for interpersonal relationships - the label recognizes, if not legitimizes, a third-party 9-5 relationship.

gap intelligence Announces Partnership with Greg Walters, Inc. on The Office Tech Tap


– Top executive will lead new office technology newsletter –

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – December 5, 2022 – gap intelligence and Greg Walters, Inc. have formed an alliance tasked with bringing relevant content to providers and users of office technology.

The Office Tech Tap newsletter informs, educates, and inspires users, providers, system integrators, and decision-makers on business technology, work, and life (subscribe here).

“We’re excited to partner with prolific writer, frequent speaker, and hyper-charged freelancer, Greg Walters,” said Gary Peterson, gap intelligence CEO. “Bringing his unique and provocative view on selling technology to the masses is a big win for everyone in the business of selling to businesses.”

Friday, January 27, 2023

A Poem: The Copier's Legacy: A Poem of Remembrance and Renewal



"The Copier's Legacy: A Poem of Remembrance and Renewal"

The copier stands alone
Its gears now still, no longer known
The death of the machine, a silent toll
A relic of the past, now taking its toll

The Relevance of Queer Theory in Black History Education


Okay, here we go -

I had a very interesting discussion on LinkedIn the other day that reminded me of the good old days when the internet was raw and debates heated.

I was drawn into a conversation about Queer theory inside Critical Race theory in the state of Florida's education system.

An article titled, Florida wants its strict race and gender law to influence how an AP class on Black history is taught nationwide can be found here, which started this thing off.

Granted, beforehand, I knew very little of either side - indeed, my interest level wanned, I don't have a horse in this race. I copied the conversation out of LinkedIn and ran it through GTP, 
"summarize this content and write a 1000-word, collegiate-level essay with sources, a title, a summary paragraph, and a tweet:..."
Here is the lightly edited response.
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ChatGPT: The AI Game Changer That's About to Shake Up Industries



Highlights:
  1. Generative AI, the technology underlying ChatGPT, is poised to disrupt nearly every industry in which knowledge from written records, videos, or images can be digitized.
  2. Generative AI democratizes AI access by providing a natural language interface and lower barriers to entry, making it cheaper and more effective to use for companies.
  3. In the medium term, generative algorithms will drive innovation through "transfer learning," allowing for new capabilities in various industries such as biopharma, engineering, and software development.

Microsoft and OpenAI's Partnership: The AI-mazing Comeback Story of the Century



In a recent development,
Microsoft is emerging as a major player in the field of artificial intelligence, thanks to its partnership with OpenAI. 

  1. Looks like Microsoft is finally making a comeback and taking the lead in the AI game, thanks to their partnership with OpenAI. This is a huge win for the company and it's great to see them innovating and pushing the boundaries in technology.
  2. The integration of ChatGPT into Bing has the potential to give Google a run for their money in the search engine game, which is exciting for consumers and businesses alike. It's about time we have some competition in the space.
  3. It's clear that Microsoft is not going to repeat the same mistakes it made in the past by missing out on new trends like social and mobile. They're being proactive and aggressive in their approach to AI and it's paying off.

The Return to the Office: A Debate on Productivity and Professional Development


Take Aways:
  1. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin attributes the hedge fund's record $16 billion profits in 2022 to employees returning to the office full-time.
  2. Other financial industry leaders, such as Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman and Rich Handler of Jefferies, have also expressed support for a return to in-person work.
  3. However, research suggests that working from home can be just as productive as working in an office and may even lead to increased employee loyalty and productivity.
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 "not an employee choice," and Rich Handler, CEO of investment bank Jefferies, has stated that "if you want a career, engage with the rest of us in the office."

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The recent report of Citadel's record $16 billion profits for clients last year has reignited the debate on whether employees should return to the office full-time.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Digital Transformation: Is it all it's Cracked up to be? My Personal Experience and the Importance of Improving User Experience


Inspired by an experience first written here, by Amy Wiess, and passed through ChatGTP.
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Digital transformation is a buzzword that is frequently thrown around in business and technology circles. But, what does it actually mean in practice? This morning, I had a firsthand experience of what some might call a "digital transformation" in the medical field, and it left me questioning the true meaning of the term.

"...is this how digital transformation is supposed to work? Shouldn't digital transformation make things more efficient and streamlined, not more complicated..."

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