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Monday, January 16, 2023

Argument About the Four Day Work Week

From a LinkedIn post dated, January 12, 2023 by Melanie Naranjo out of New York City.

The debate around what is best for employees and employers when it comes to a preferred work environment reminds me of the old adage, "The marketing person calls the glass half-full, the VP of Operations sees the same glass half-empty.  While they argue the point, the Salesperson sells the glass to a customer."

While one side battles the other about WHERE to work, AI is about to change the way IF we work.  And nobody is paying attention.

Still - it is mildly entertaining.

Exploring the Risks and Benefits of AI: A Comparison of Star Trek's "The Ultimate Computer" and Today's Advancements

Captain Dunsel

"To reap the rewards of progress and innovation, one must tread with caution, for technology's allure may lead to downfall. The key is to strike a balance, to harness its power while being cognizant of its dangers and taking the necessary steps to prevent them." 

In the Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer," the USS Enterprise is chosen to test a new computer system called the M-5, which is designed to run the ship without human intervention. The M-5 is highly advanced, with the ability to make decisions and take actions on its own. However, as the episode progresses, it becomes clear that the computer is malfunctioning and causing the deaths of several crew members.

Similarly, ChatGPT is a highly advanced language model that can generate human-like responses to a wide range of prompts. Like the M-5, ChatGPT is trained on a large dataset of text and has the ability to make decisions and take actions within the realm of language processing. However, it is important to note that ChatGPT is not a sentient being and does not have the ability to cause harm or make decisions that affect the real world.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

"Fighting for the Soul of Society: The Impact of Politics on Business"

In this society, where politics and business blend,
We must stay informed and not pretend,
To think that our work is separate from the rest,
For copier sales, like all, are affected by the test.

The pandemic has shown us, all politics is local,
It shapes the economy, it shapes the vocal,
It shapes the way we sell, the way we lead,
It shapes the future, of which we are the seed.

As copier salespersons, we must be like "V",
Well-versed in all aspects, vigilant,
From elected leaders to local school boards,
We must stay informed, and not be ignored.

We must anticipate regulations and laws,
And make strategic decisions, without pause,
We must stay informed about the latest trends,
And understand the needs of our friends.

We must pay attention to our community,
And tailor our strategies accordingly,
For the survival of our business is tied,
To the soul of society, on which we must rely.

So let us stay informed, let us be "V",
For victory in copier sales, and all we do,
For the fight for a sustainable future,
Is a fight for the soul of society, and our culture.

In today's society, politics and business are inextricably linked. The common thread that connects them is centralized, authoritarian rule.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Death of The Copier: How Converting Copier Supplies into Hand Sanitizer Can Help Fight Germs and Bacteria

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, businesses and organizations have had to adapt in order to keep their employees and customers safe. One such adaptation has been the conversion of copier supplies into hand sanitizer. While this may seem like a small change, it is a crucial step in the fight against germs and bacteria.

The use of hand sanitizer has become increasingly important as a way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. With the rise of COVID-19, the need for hand sanitizer has skyrocketed, leading to shortages and increased prices. In order to meet this demand, many businesses have turned to make their own hand sanitizer. One of the most popular ways to do this is by converting copier supplies into hand sanitizer.

"Our Perception of Time is Distorted by the Internet - How Technology Affects our Sense of Time"

Time is a funny thing. 

It can seem to drag on endlessly when you're stuck in a boring meeting or stuck in traffic, but when you're having fun, it can fly by in the blink of an eye. And when it comes to the internet, time seems to warp in ways we can't even begin to comprehend.

As a writer, I spend a lot of time online researching, promoting my work, and connecting with readers. And like many of you, I've found myself sucked into the vortex of social media and online gaming, losing track of time in ways that have left me feeling disoriented and disconnected from the world around me.

AIs Will Be Sociopaths - WSJ

ChatGPT, that's what they're callin' it, this newfangled AI chatbot. Now, I ain't no scientist, but I know enough to know that this thing is spooky. It's got an uncanny ability to carry on a conversation, just like a real human. 

But is it conscious? I ain't so sure. But what I do know is that these machines are gettin' smarter and smarter, and that's a real concern. We're givin' them control over our world, and if we ain't careful, they could turn on us.

The Future of Knowledge: Gatekeepers in a Post-Scarcity World

The age of knowledge scarcity is over. 

With the advent of the internet and advancements in technology, information is now readily available to anyone with an internet connection. But as the old saying goes, "with great power comes great responsibility." As we navigate this new world of endless information, it's important to remember that the role of gatekeepers is not gone, it's just changed.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Four Flavors of AI Through the Eyes of ChatGPT

"Early adoption of these innovations can drive significant competitive advantage and business value and ease problems associated with the fragility of AI models."

The ChatGPT phenom
is historic for those who generate content - this is certain.  But it doesn't take too much to see the linguistics app is just the tip of the iceberg.  It's more than asking Siri for directions and receiving unsolicited weather updates from Alexa.

  • Tell it what you want to do on a spreadsheet and it will write the macro.
  • Tell it what you want to program for the interwebs and it will write the HTML.
  • Ask it to analyze a 1000-word article about the four types of AI, summarize it into a 500-word blog, and write both a Tweet and a LinkedIn post intro and it does.
Ask it to apply the previous content and write an article on the impact of AI on the Office Technology industry - in the voice of Hemingway - and then put together an outline, and agenda, for a show, with sample questions, about How a copier salesperson can use ChatGPT to find more prospects and sell more copiers and document management software solutions?

I did and it did.

"Reducing Printing Costs: How a Comprehensive Print Assessment and Implementing Cost-Saving Measures Can Save Your Business Money"

Printing costs can be a significant expense for many businesses, yet many companies are unsure of exactly how much they're spending on printing. Without proper oversight, it's easy for money to be lost on unnecessary or inefficient printing practices. One way to gain control of your printing costs is by conducting a comprehensive print assessment.

A comprehensive print assessment is an in-depth analysis of a company's printing practices, including the number of printers, the types of devices in use, the volume of printing, and the cost per page. This information can then be used to identify areas where costs can be reduced, such as by consolidating the number of printers or switching to more cost-effective devices.

Here are a few additional tips for reducing printing costs:

"Friday the 13th: The Fall of Templars and Rise of Remote Working"

Friday the 13th is a date that has long been associated with bad luck and superstition. But where did this belief originate? Some theories suggest that it is connected to the persecution of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307

On that day, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Templars, a medieval Christian military order, on charges of heresy and other crimes. The Templars were arrested and tortured, and many were eventually executed. 

"Just like the Knights Templar, businesses and employees are facing new challenges and obstacles as they adapt to a new way of working."

The idea of Friday the 13th being a day of bad luck may have originated from the events of that day, as the arrest and persecution of the Templars marked the end of the order and the beginning of its downfall.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Announces New Return-to-Office Policy for Corporate Employees in Seattle

Starbucks is brewing up a storm with its new return-to-office policy! 

Three-time Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is calling all corporate employees to come back to the office a minimum of three days a week to "rebuild and revive the energy" of the headquarters and regional offices. 

Starting Jan. 30, Seattle employees within commuting distance are expected to work in the company's headquarters building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and a third day determined by teams and leaders. 

The other two days work from anywhere. So, grab your coffee and head back to the office, partners!"

AI is about the question, not the Answer

There are some in the education industry lobbying for the restriction and outright ban of AI tools in schools. Predictably, the establishment is gaslighting parents everywhere.

It won't matter.  At first, chalk tablets were lamented when paper and pencils entered the one-room schools.  They squawked when calculators hit the market and barely hung on when the world moved from longhand to QWERTY.

ChatGTP is making them lose their minds.  For now.

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