What do Electric Vehicles have to offer us? What is the technology behind it? James Bell answer’s all of Tom’s questions this week on IMI’s Tech Talk.
With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day car shopper. In addition, he has been featured on national television news shows on CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, national and local talk radio, as well as within the pages of both respected newspapers and automotive trade publications.
Join us and Brent Shelton to learn how to stack discounts to get additional savings on holiday deals.
As a high energy PR Specialist and online shopping expert for FatWallet.com and Ebates.com, he provides mainstream, regional and online consumer media with online shopping trends, forecasts, personal finance tips, affiliate marketing news and a wealth of consumer experiences to help their consumers learn where and when to make smarter purchasing decisions. He I’m a blogger focused on tech prices, Black Friday and monthly shopping trends.
Talking to computers has long been a staple of science fiction, but today it’s a reality, says Bill Meisel, a technology analyst and author of the recent book, The Software Society. The importance of this trend is exemplified by battles between large technology companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung that see it as a fundamental shift in the way we deal with digital systems. Today, the battle is largely over smartphones, with Apple’s Siri and Google’s voice search being the best-known examples of how far the technology has come. But the trend is moving to tablet computers and the new SmartTVs, as well as increasing used inside companies and by professionals for efficiency.
The key, Meisel says, is technology that understands the content of the speech–”natural language understanding”–when the communication with a device is by voice or typing. Increasingly, the user manual for most digital systems will be “just say or type what you want,” and your digital “personal assistant” will try to give you the result you want as directly as possible, with minimal navigation. When your request is unclear, the assistant will engage you in a dialog for clarification. It will even be proactive, telling you of an incoming message or upcoming appointment without being asked. Those capabilities exist today in a limited form, but will continue to get better.
Bill Meisel began his career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at USC, writing a technical book on how computers can recognize patterns in data. He then went into industry, including founding a speech recognition company. Currently, he is an industry analyst covering commercial applications of speech and natural language technology with a newsletter and a blog. This year, Bill published a book for general audiences called The Software Society, which discusses how software is increasingly impacting our culture and economy.
They’re stealing your passwords and credit card information, but how do they do it? What tools are they using and how do they work. Michael Sutton joins us to answer these questions to help better protect yourself.
Michael Sutton is an experienced security executive with a history of delivering pragmatic insight into security issues and developing solutions to address them with leading organizations, including Hewlett-Packard, SPI Dynamics, VeriSign and iDefense.
As Zscaler’s Vice President of Security Research, Sutton leads Zscaler ThreatLabZ, the security research team responsible for researching emerging topics in web security and developing innovative security controls.
Michael is regularly tapped by the press for his security expertise on cybercrime and beyond and has appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox News and numerous security magazines.
The next generation of consoles are almost upon us, so now, which one to choose? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these two machines? What are the new features that separate them from the last generation of consoles?
Luckily we convinced Jess Brohard to come on the show to set us straight.
Growing up in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, Jess had always dreamed of working in the gaming industry – so her job at Curse is a dream come true! She currently serves as an on-camera host and video producer for the company, so she gets to spend all day every day talking about video games and coming up with new ways to share her passion for gaming with the Curse audience.
When you are hiking for 2000 miles, you might think you would be the farthest thing away from technology, but Becky Cohen is here to explain otherwise. A Pacific Coast Trail veteran, she will discuss some different ways that technology can augment your normal pack.
Becky has been working in the social responsibility and renewable energy fields since graduating from the University of Vermont in 2010. Most recently, she was awarded a scholarship from the Flying Ryan Hawks Foundation to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with her partner, Luke Neumann. She hiked the 2,660 mile trail running from Mexico to Canada in just under 5 months and is a recent transplant to the Bay Area.
Join us and Joel Denton this week as we discuss how technology will play a role in healthcare as Affordable Care Act moves into effect.
Joel’s world is a combination of the cutting edge and the traditional. For aptitude, a healthcare software company, he works on some of the most innovative technology in the healthcare space – but in his spare time he enjoys working on more tactile projects in his wood shop.
Before joining aptitude, he was a key technology player at VHA since 1997, where he served for seven years as a consultant and nine as an employee. He was the technology lead on VHA’s first-ever web application, helped found the enterprise architecture team and created the domain models for all the key entities at VHA, including membership, suppliers, products, contracts and pricing.
In today’s technology based world, individuals are increasingly concerned with how to stay employed and how to be employable in the future. If this is you, then keep in mind the mentality that, as your job changes you also must change. Job descriptions are changing every day and the job you want today might list some unfamiliar skills tomorrow. Don’t be intimidated, but prepare yourself for the next big change in your field. You’ll begin to realize that acquiring some technical skills can go a long way and expand your employability.
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti is a leading thought leader on career development. She is the author of ten books, a regular media contributor, and global speaker. She is a key advisor for recruiting and outplacement firms. Her most recent book is Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders. Tracey is a visiting scholar at Stanford University Media X program, researching the impact of technology on future careers.