Are robots taking our jobs?

14 05 2017

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Bruce Yandle is an economist, writer and speaker on political economy. He is Mercatus Center Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Dean Emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business & Behavioral Science. He is author/editor of 17 books, including his 2014 co-authored Cato Institute book, Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics.

Dr. Yandle served in Washington on two occasions, first as a senior economist on the staff of the President’s Council on Wage and Price Stability during the Ford and Carter administrations and later as Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission in the Reagan Administration. Prior to entering an academic career, Dr. Yandle was in the industrial machinery business for 15 years.

Week In Review

  1. New York may be first to legalize “TEXTALYZER”
  2. New York Online Poker Bill Passes Senate Finance Committee
  3. Huge Trove of Confidential Medical Records Discovered on Unsecured Server Accessible to Anyone
  4. Replacing VR and AR with ‘mixed reality’ is good for Microsoft and bad for the rest of us
  5. Waymo lawsuit against Uber referred to federal prosecutors

How Technology is Changing Investing

7 05 2017

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Gwen is a portfolio manager and partner at a hedge fund that invests in innovative technology companies. She is also on the Board of Advisors at Singularity University Accelerator as well as a Mentor Advisor at the Galvanize Learning Center.

She received her B.A. from Yale University with a major in Economics and minor-equivalent in Computer Science Electrical Engineering, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her M.B.A. in four concentrations from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with Honors.

She bought her first public stock at age eleven and has been an angel investor for the past five years.

Week In Review

  1. Cybercrime against residents is on the rise
  2. NYC bookstores are making a comeback
  3. Facebook adds 3,000 employees to screen for violence as it nears 2 billion users
  4. Twitter’s TV video app is now available on Roku
  5. YouTube is spending millions to make new original shows you can watch for free

Smart Homes and Automation

23 04 2017

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Paul Whitelam is Group VP of Product Marketing at ClickSoftware, where he works with field service management leaders across a variety of industries. Paul has more than twenty years’ experience in enterprise software, working on both the technical and business aspects of many of the areas that are fundamental to field service such as mobility and sensor technology with Nokia, data management with Endeca, and machine learning, SaaS and GIS at clicksoft.

Week In Review

  1. New York May Allow Self-Driving Car Testing In 2018
  2. Tube Would Take Passengers From NYC to DC in About 20 Minutes, Tech Company Says
  3. The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow cellphone use on planes
  4. That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
  5. Automakers aren’t thinking creatively enough about hydrogen fuel cells

Your Browsing History Will Be Sold

9 04 2017

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Alexander Heid, Chief Research Officer at SecurityScorecard joins TechTalk to discuss the recent ISP Data Sharing Congressional Bill. Alex discusses what this ruling means for both the consumer and organizations and what we can expect to see in the future.

Alexander Heid is Chief Research Officer at Security Scorecard, and is Co­founder and President/CEO of HackMiami. HackMiami is the premier resource in South Florida for highly skilled hackers that specialize in vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, digital forensics, and all manner of information technology and security.

Heid was a founding member of the Prolexic Technologies PLXSERT team. In 2007, Alexander Heid founded the Information Security Services, Inc. a full service information technology and information consulting firm. Heid attended Florida International University. He is a regular organizer and featured speaker at industry conferences.

Week In Review

  1. Yahoo plus AOL, now called Oath
  2. Virtual Reality Startups Get New Place to Connect
  3. Announcing the News Integrity Initiative to Increase Trust in Journalism
  4. YouTube won’t put ads on videos from channels with fewer than 10K views
  5. Facebook Messenger’s AI ‘M’ suggests features to use based on your convos

What’s in the Vault? WikiLeaks Latest Release

26 03 2017

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On this week’s program, What’s in the Vault? WikiLeaks Latest Release Shakes the World, we will talk with Mike Meikle, CEO of secureHIM, about the WikiLeaks CIA Vault 7 data release and what it means for governments, consumers and businesses. Mr. Meikle is a cybersecurity expert who speaks and writes nationally on the topic of cybersecurity. He will provide an overview of the various CIA cybertools that were released into the wild, U.S. companies involved, the Russian angle and how you can protect yourself from cybersnooping.

We will also cover the history of WikiLeaks and a few of their most sensational data divulgences. We’ll then delve into the Vault 7 incident and discuss why this leak stands to be one of the most important and controversial disclosure by the organization to date.

Outside of the technical aspects of the Vault 7 release, we will discuss how this disclosure will impact the emerging industries of Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes, self-driving cars, Artificial intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR).

Consulting veteran Mike Meikle navigates the turbulent and murky world of management and information technology consulting. As an entrepreneur who has run two consulting firms, Corporate Consigliere Mike Meikle provides strategic, technological and management solutions for his clients.

Mr. Meikle has over fifteen years of experience within the public and private sector across multiple industries. He has significant education and practical experience in strategic planning, risk, security, compliance and operations methodologies. Certifications he holds include Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Six Sigma Green Belt and a host of others.

Mr. Meikle can be reached via his website at

Week In Review

  1. New York City Surpasses 100 MW Solar Generation Milestone
  2. Lawmakers want tax break for music, video game makers
  3. Digital health is helping to fuel the city’s economy
  4. Google wants to fix tech’s diversity problem with an outpost for historically black colleges
  5. Laptop ban begin in cabins of nine airlines flying non-stop to U.S. from Mideast and Africa

The Social Data Revolution

12 03 2017

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Andreas Weigend is an expert on the future of big data, trends in consumer behavior, and social-mobile technologies, the combination of which he calls the social data revolution. He is the former chief scientist of Amazon, where he helped create a culture of data, experimentation, and innovation. He currently teaches at the University of California–Berkeley and at Fudan in Shanghai. He is the founder and director of the Social Data Lab. Clients include Hyatt, Alibaba, MasterCard, and Lufthansa. He received his PhD in physics from Stanford and lives in San Francisco, Shanghai, and on

Week In Review

  1. Mapping Tool Helps New York City Prepare for Upcoming L-Line Closure
  2. The New York Times is going to start running its reporters’ tweets inside the newspaper
  3. Nintendo Switch sales numbers for its opening weekend look pretty terrific
  4. Volkswagen unveils driverless ‘lounge on wheels’ car with Siri-like voice assistant and giant screen
  5. Google Home is particularly vulnerable to fake news

Bitcoin is Back!

5 03 2017

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“Drew” Hinkes is a Partner at Berger Singerman LLP’s Miami office, where he practices commercial litigation, with a focus on representation of court- appointed fiduciaries, and litigating technology-related disputes. Drew is a prolific writer and speaker on topics related to bitcoin, blockchain, and smart contract innovation. Prior to practicing law, Drew worked as a computer consultant and in continuity of business and technology audit capacities for Citibank.

Week In Review

  1. JPMorgan Software Does in Seconds What Took Lawyers 360,000 Hours
  2. The Lowline, New York’s Futuristic Underground Park, Tests LED Grow Lights and Solar Skylight for Plants, Shrubs
  3. How a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet
  4. Google Vies With Partners as Digital Helpers Crowd Barcelona
  5. YouTube Jumps into the Live TV Streaming Fray

CES Pt 3

26 02 2017

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Week In Review

  1. Mayor de Blasio announces $1M investment in expansion of city program that links students with jobs in tech sector
  2. Digital Democracy Brings Legislative Transparency to New York
  3. The New York Times is experimenting with mobile-specific headlines
  4. Google breaks SHA-1 web crypto for good but Torvalds plays down impact on Git
  5. What Google’s lawsuit against Uber means for the future of self-driving cars

The Broken Internet

5 02 2017

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Andy Ory, one of the co-founders of 128 Technology, has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and board member since inception. Prior to 128 Technology, Andy co-founded Acme Packet in August 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President until Acme Packet’s acquisition in 2013. Andrew also founded Priority Call Management and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Andrew holds a B.A. from Harvard University.

Week In Review

  1. New York Times Co.’s Decline in Print Advertising Tempered by Digital Gains
  2. Huffington Post workers ratify first-ever union contract
  3. Google is pledging $4M to support U.S. immigration organizations
  4. Memo: New York Called For Face Recognition Cameras At Bridges, Tunnels
  5. Snapchat is growing up, files for IPO

Tech, Trump, and TPP

29 01 2017

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Cybersecurity expert Matti Kon joins Tech Talk to discuss cybersecurity under the Presidency of Donald Trump and implications for it stemming from some of Trump’s actions, such as nixing the TPP.

Matti Kon, CEO of InfoTech, was born in Austria and moved to Israel with his family during his youth. He served in the Airborne Division of the Israel Defense Forces for five years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Under Kon’s leadership, InfoTech, which is headquartered in midtown Manhattan, is an Industry leader providing system products and IT services to hundreds of major companies, corporations and government agencies in the United States.

Some of InfoTech’s key clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, Raythe­on Missile Systems, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and many others.

Kon and InfoTech have been recognized on several occasions by the Senate’s Defense Appropri­ation committee as a key player within the defense industry and hence funded for key defense contracts.

Week In Review

  1. FCC Approves $170 Million To Expand Broadband Internet In Rural New York
  2. New app aims to help minority-owned businesses win city and state contracts
  3. Verizon could combine with Charter Communications
  4. Government scientists open ‘rogue’ Twitter accounts to defy Trump
  5. Would you use an app to adopt a baby?