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Join Christopher as he navigates the diverse intersection of business, technology, and the human experience. And, to be clear, the purpose isn’t just to explore technologies but to unravel the profound ways these tech advancements are reshaping our lives, work, and interactions.

We dive into the heart of digital transformation, the human side of tech evolution, and the synchronization that drives innovation and business success.

Also, be sure to check out my Substack for weekly, digestible reflections on all the latest happenings. https://christopherlind.substack.com
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Where do we draw the line on holding tightly to the core things that make us who we are while letting go of things anchoring us to complacency? This week, I'm diving into the world of innovation and self-reinvention with a special focus on the shadow AI casts over our personal and professional landscapes. To do this, I'm joined by industry leader and thinker Sid Mohasseb to have a conversation about the necessity of reinventing ourselves in the face of AI's transformative power. We'll be shedding light on how we can not just survive but thrive by embracing change and leveraging AI to our advantage. We'll tackle the real strategies for innovation, the importance of a growth mindset, and the indispensable value of human creativity and resilience in an increasingly automated world. No jargon, no buzzwords – just straight talk on navigating the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by AI. Whether you're looking to lead the way or find your path in this new era, this conversation aims to equip you with the insights and inspiration to innovate rather than stagnate. Show Notes: In this discussion, Christopher engages with Sid Mohasab, renowned as the entrepreneur philosopher, to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape of work. Sid shares his inspiring journey from immigrating to the US at 16 to becoming an influential figure in entrepreneurship and innovation, highlighting the importance of mindset, embracing change, and the power of making intentional choices. They dig into how AI and automation are reshaping the professional world and the concept of nervousness as a catalyst for growth. Through personal anecdotes and a philosophical lens, this conversation urges listeners to rethink their relationship with change, advocating for a proactive approach to life and career in the face of uncertainty. 00:00 - Introduction 01:29 - Sid Mohasab's Journey: From Immigrant to Entrepreneur Philosopher 07:50 - Defining Entrepreneurship and Embracing Change 15:30 - The Role of AI in Shaping Our Future: A Discussion 21:38 - Overcoming Challenges and Leveraging AI for Growth 27:52 - Reinventing Yourself in the Age of AI 30:31 - Rethinking the 'Thinking Outside the Box' Metaphor 31:08 - Embracing Change and the Power of Choice 31:47 - The Impact of AI on Creativity and Work 32:31 - Navigating the Fast Lane: Cars, Bikes, and Life Choices 51:55 - The Value of Discomfort and Nervousness in Growth 54:57 - Experimentation: The Key to Breaking Boundaries 01:00:20 - Living in the Present: Making Choices for Tomorrow #change #ai #artificialintelligence #business #futureofwork
It's been another wild week at the intersection of business, technology, and human experience. The pace of change is showing no signs of slowing, and this week's updates highlight why that can be both a great and a not-so-great thing. Apple Robotics - Following its announcement to shut down investment into automotive, it has set its sights on personal robotics. While it's still too early to know exactly what Apple means by "personal robotics," there's no shortage of speculation. However, if you're thinking Rosy the Robot will be serving you dinner by 2025, you might want to slow your roll. Top Skill of The Future - Autodesk did a recent and robust survey across a diverse spectrum of industries to assess the impact of AI on employees, and its findings were both encouraging and not completely surprising. The top skill for professionals was almost universally one's ability to work with AI. The encouraging news there is the word "with." The survey highlights how the future is continuing to show a tight partnership between humans and machines, not a replacement of one by the other. AI-Generated Cinema - TCL is launching what it claims to be the first AI-generated romance film this summer. If the trailer is any indication of what we can expect to see, you won't need to buy your tickets in advance. You'll likely also have plenty of room to put up your feet, lean back, and store snacks in the seats around you. That said, people are already following AI influencers, so who knows, it may be the smash hit of the summer. Data on Hiring Bias - The data is back on what may have been one of the most extensive studies on hiring bias, and it's an encouraging milestone while highlighting we still have room to grow. While there remains notable bias in selecting candidates, it's not as widespread as you may think. Granted, this shouldn't have us taking our eye off the target, but it's an encouraging milestone in our journey toward more equitable work. All-Terrain Exoskeletons - If you've weaseled your way out of a mountain hike or backpack adventure due to bad knees or being out of shape, you might want to start noodling on some new excuses. DNSYS is launching an all-terrain exoskeleton for under a grand with a 15-18 mile range that might put scaling Everest back on your bucket list. Show Notes: This episode delves into a variety of future-focused topics, starting with Apple's shift from car production to personal robotics, examining both the opportunities and challenges this presents. It discusses the fast-paced advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and its integration into different industries, noting Apple's strategic position in the AI landscape. The conversation moves to the concept of personal robotics, exploring the potential and current limitations of such technology in everyday life. Additionally, the episode covers a recent report on the top skills for the future, emphasizing the importance of working with AI, alongside a critique of an AI-generated movie, questioning its quality and impact. The discourse also addresses a study on hiring bias, revealing a preference for white candidates in some companies, and concludes with an overview of an innovative all-terrain exoskeleton device designed to enhance human mobility and strength. 00:00 Welcome and Introduction 02:01 The Evolution of Apple: From iCars to Personal Robotics 10:12 Mastering AI: The Essential Skill for Future Success 17:04 AI in Entertainment: The First AI-Generated Movie 24:50 Addressing Hiring Bias: Insights and Progress 34:35 Innovations in Mobility: The All-Terrain Exoskeleton 39:52 Closing Thoughts and Farewell #ai #skills #hiring #apple #robotics
With video representing a media specifically designed to represent a view into reality, what role does AI play in its creation? This week, I'm digging into that question with Alex Uspenskyi, Founder of Elai.io, to peel back the layers of AI's role in video production. We'll be talking about why AI is at the front of video tech, sharing how simple text prompts are transforming into full-blown, eye-catching videos. We're getting real about what this tech revolution means for creativity, diving into the heart of the debate: Can AI preserve the soul of storytelling? We'll dissect the balance between leveraging AI for innovation and ensuring the essence of human creativity isn't lost in translation. We also tackle the ethics of AI in creative fields, pondering the fine line between efficiency and authenticity. From the implications for content creators to the broader societal impacts, this chat's about more than just tech—it's about navigating the exciting yet daunting world AI presents to the creative industry. Join us as we explore the potential of AI to redefine storytelling and confront the challenges of keeping our human touch in a digital-dominated age. Show Notes: This conversation explores the advancements and practical applications of AI in content creation, focusing on AI's role in transforming learning and educational content within organizations. The discussion delves into how AI facilitates the generation of engaging, accessible, and customized content. It highlights the journey from traditional learning materials to AI-generated videos, touching on real-time avatars and interactive AI agents. The conversation also addresses the adoption curve of AI technology, emphasizing its potential to enhance creativity and efficiency in content creation. 00:00 - Welcome to Future Focused: AI for Content Creation 01:24 - Introducing Alec Uspenskyi: From Engineering to AI Video Generation 01:58 - The Evolution of AI in Content Creation 17:43 - Exploring the Capabilities of AI in Voice Cloning and Video Generation 24:56 - Navigating the Ethical Landscape of AI Voice and Video Cloning 31:26 - Exploring Video Avatars and Lip Sync Technology 33:05 - The Evolution of Avatar Technology 34:06 - The Rise of AI Influencers and Content Authenticity 35:30 - Navigating the AI Content Creation Landscape on YouTube 40:13 - The Future of Learning and Educational Content with AI 47:01 - Real-Time Avatars and Interactive Learning Experiences 50:51 - Market Adoption and the Future of AI in Content Creation 57:44 - Reflecting on AI's Role in Enhancing Creativity and Content Production
Congratulations! You've made it through another week, and what a week it's been. To celebrate, here's another round of updates on the latest happenings at the intersection of business, tech, and human experience. As always, thanks to those of you who contributed topics and articles! AI Influencers - What if that catchy TikTok of Jenny sitting in her car telling you how much she loves AG1 never really happened? Well, you may ask to see her birth certificate before you sign up for a monthly subscription. AI is coming for influencers, and I'm still trying to decide whether their followers don't know or don't care. Paid Commuting - More people are willing to return to the office....so long as they get a nice check to cover the expense. Employees have found a new way to push back against employers demanding them come to the office to take their Zoom meetings by pressing on the financial nerve. Despite my distaste for forced RTO, I think this path creates more problems than it solves. Tesla RoboTaxi—I can't wait to schedule an autonomous ride just to see AI try to navigate our driveway, and according to Elon, I won't have to wait long. He's on record claiming robotaxis will be dominating the streets as soon as August of this year. Analysts disagree, but I guess we'll see if he lives up to his sterling track record of predictions. AI Ends Human Labor - As if we don't have enough apocalyptic news, Open AI board member Larry Summers stated publically he anticipates AI will eliminate humans from all labor in the future. While I fundamentally disagree, Larry is hitting on some truth about some of the significant short-term economic risks that will come to fruition if we're not careful. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:25 - AI Influencers 10:41 - Paid Return-to-Office 18:34 - Tesla Robotaxi 26:40 - End of Human Labor
Are we the masters of technology, or have we become its unwitting servants? Furthermore, what risks are we exposing ourselves to as we become exponentially connected? This week, I'm exploring the heart of our modern dilemma: the pervasive overreliance on technology and the risks of constant connection. As we navigate through the digital age, the fine line between leveraging technology for our benefit and being ensnared by it becomes increasingly blurred. To help me navigate the dialogue, I'll be joined by cybersecurity expert David Adeoye Abodunrin. We dig into the exponential rise of connectedness and how our focus on security has not kept pace. You'll learn how this seemingly innocuous problem can have catastrophic consequences. It's not a matter of if you suffer the consequences but when. That said, we wanted to do more than scare people straight. We laid out clear and actionable steps that will have a meaningful impact that doesn't include throwing away all your tech and moving off the grid. There's no escaping the exponentially rising tech in the air, but we can learn how to safely swim in it. So, join us as we dissect the intricate web of digital dependence and discuss actionable strategies to reclaim our autonomy, enhance our real-world interactions, and find a harmonious balance in a tech-saturated world. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 8:21 - The Risks of Overdependence 19:25 - Importance of Cybersecurity Today & Tomorrow 30:24 - Vulnerabilities of Modern Connected Systems 41:06- Importance of Cyber Inclusion 44:20 - The Need for Media Awareness 52:58 - Addressing Diversity in Cybersecurity
March is in the rearview mirror and April is officially here. While some of this week's updates may sound like April Fool's topics, I promise they aren't. It's another wild and unpredictable week at the intersection of business, tech, and human experience. As always, thanks to all of you who sent along links and topics. I wish I had enough time to cover them all. And, without further ado, here's what's top of mind this first week of April. $100B Stargate AGI - Can we stop with the sci-fi apocalyptic terminology already? It's not helping ease people's nerves. That said, Microsoft and OpenAI are aligned to spend an estimated 100 Billion dollars to build the data center required to continue the AGI race. People thought Sam Altman was nuts when he predicted $3 Trillion to see it all through. Not so crazy anymore, huh? Death of DEI? - University of Florida made lots of headlines for their decision to eliminate DEI positions and appointments, and it's another trend I'm seeing where we seem to be going backwards. That said, I think there's more to the story and because I don't have all the details on the "why" and "what's next," my reaction is nuanced and complicated, as it so often is. TikTok Troubles - "Because.....because....China!" isn't a terribly convincing argument for why we should be banning one of the top social media platforms from the US. It also doesn't help when companies doing the exact same thing are conveniently lining up behind the witch hunt. That said, I have some legitimate concerns as should you, but it's not limited to the Tok. GenZ Mental Health Bots - I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry that one of the growing attempts to solve the mental health crisis, largely exacerbated by technology, is more technology. And look, I'm not saying there's zero potential, but unless our goal is more mental health issues and greater emotional fragility, a chatbot may not be the wisest go-to solution. Show Notes: 0:00 - Intro 1:42 - $100B Stargate AGI 9:03 - Death of DEI 19:00 - TikTok Troubles 27:19 - AI Chatbots for Mental Health
Can leaders truly balance the drive for high performance with the human need for purpose and connection in the workplace? This week I'm talking with Nick Hobson, a PhD and Managing Director of North America for Influence at Work. We delve into the intricacies of behavioral science and its practical applications in the workplace. It's a discussion on the evolution of work and the human desire for purpose, autonomy, and collaboration, a deep dive into understanding human behavior and motivation. A key theme is the research and science behind paradoxical leadership, balancing people and performance, and the necessity of self-awareness and reflection for leaders. This puts to bed the false dichotomy between focusing on people or performance, advocating for a both-and approach to leadership. Our conversation also touches on the research-backed benefits of diverse and inclusive teams, the power of pausing to gain perspective, and the potential of experimentation within organizations. This conversation will be valuable for any leader seeking to navigate the complexities of the modern workforce balancing both satisfaction and productivity. Show Notes: 00:00 - Introduction 14:37 - Rise of Behavioral Science 19:12 - Evolution of Work & Human Behavior 27:12 - False Dichotomy of Performance & People 34:16 - Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivators 45:21 - Balancing Performance & People 52:04 - The Power of Pause 1:04:09 - Importance of Experimentation
Dropping this week's update a day early, but that's not due to a lack of content. In fact, there was so much to say on this week's updates that I pushed a couple to next week. As always, thanks to those of you who pass things along. I sincerely appreciate hearing from you. And with that, here are some of the latest happenings at the intersection of business, technology, and the human experience. Nueralink Patient Plays Chess - "The Force" is no longer limited to Obi Wan and Luke, which may be a little terrifying when considering what happened when it was used by the Dark Lord. Jokes aside, there continues to be exponential progress with the merging of humans and machines, but what are we not considering? Pay Transparency Backlash - Mandating pay ranges be made publically available. What could possibly go wrong? I guess it depends on your definition of "going wrong," but let's just say there's no shortage of chaos recently. It's a complicated situation and unfortunately oversimplified solutions rarely work well for the complex. Deathbot Research Findings - Grief isn't easy to deal with, so maybe throwing AI at it will fix it? The research is coming out, and it's not looking good for AI. However, I anticipate that won't stop the exponential growth of an industry built around leveraging technology to deal with grief. Perhaps we consider a more robust solution. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 2:07 - Mind-Control Chess 14:15 - Pay Transparency Chaos 27:36 - Deathbot Research Findings
How do you influence others in the digital age, especially when there is so much noise and distrust? This week I'm exploring that question and more with Zenobia Godschalk, Head of Communications at Hedera. Together we explore the critical role storytelling plays in technology and everyday life. You'll learn why conveying the 'why' behind the tech is as important as the 'what,' especially in an era where trust in digital narratives is paramount. With a unique background, Zenobia shares how her start as an aspiring journalist to tech communications expert, has highlighted the need for simplicity and human connection in tech storytelling. Our conversation also touches on the challenges of establishing credibility and trust in a landscape where technology can fabricate extremely convincing falsehoods. All this emphasizing the importance of integrity in storytelling and the responsibility of both storytellers and consumers in discerning truth. Whether you're a storyteller or story consumer, you'll want to check it out. Show Notes: 00:00 - Introduction 2:07 - Zenobia's Story 12:12 - Evolution of Tech Storytelling 21:21 - Role of Simplicity in Storytelling 27:43 - Building Trust through Authenticity 43:00 - The Power of Humanity in Storytelling 47:59 - Advice for Story Consumers 59:24 - Conclusion
It's been another wild week at the intersection of business, technology, and human experience. While the headlines tell one story, the story under the surface seems to give indications of where things are heading. Needless to say, 2024 is on track to be a year to remember. Thanks to those of you who shared things. Always enjoy connecting with the community. Video Call Gaff - It's disruptive when tech tools roll out an update and you discover it at an unfortunate time. Apple is catching some major flack because of its OS update, which was designed to humanize video calls. Candidly, I think we'd all benefit from lightening up. Life is too short. Chip Wars - I'm not talking about a summer picnic gone wild. There is an arms war with AI chipsets, and there are a lot of folks determined to make sure we don't hit another tech winter. Nvidia famously made headlines this week with Blackwell, but they're not the only player making waves. The government is looking to give Intel a boost. Apple AI - Almost as headline-worthy as Jim and Pam finally getting together, Apple and Google made headlines by possibly teaming up to bring GenAI to the iPhone. However, there's a lot more to the Apple AI story than meets the eye, and I predict it's an indication of where AI is going. YouTube AI Tagging - The honor system has a place, but I'm not sure keeping people informed about AI-generated content is that place. That said, YouTube requiring creators to tag any content that incorporates AI-generated video is a start toward greater transparency. Humanoid Robots - The Jetsons had Rosie in 2062, but we may not have to wait that long. The race for humanoid robots continues and the progress in 2024 alone is mindblowing. If you're working at Mercedes, you may even be able to sneak a selfie in on the shop floor. Remote Work - Another disappointing week of backwards progress in the remote work world with Dell dropping a bomb that very well could land them in court. However, Tom Hunt is bucking the trend and letting his teams know he trusts them. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 2:28 - Video Call Gaff 6:07 - Chip Wars 14:38 - Apple AI 23:29 - YouTube AI Tagging 27:34 - Humanoid Robots 35:09 - Remote Work
Feeling like the world of work is spinning faster than you can keep up? You're not alone. This week I'm cutting through the noise with Nick DeWilde, Co-Founder of Exec, to talk about what it really takes to keep your skills game strong in today's whirlwind of change. I really appreciated his experience in the trenches, from scrappy startups to shaping the future of skill development. Together we cut straight to the point on the skills that matter most, how to learn them, and why being human is your trump card in a digital-first world. We also explore the real deal on adapting, growing, and staying ahead without the buzzwords or the fluff. Whether you're leading the charge or charting your course, I hope this conversation helps you make sense of the madness and come out on top. Show Notes: 00:00 - Introduction 10:30 - From Institutionalized Learning to Practical Skill Development 17:55 - The Role of Human-Centered Skills 25:20 - Personalization in Learning 32:10 - The Role of Technology 39:45 - Identifying and Developing Durable Skills 47:30 - The Evolving Role of Coaches 54:20 - Closing Thoughts
Congrats on making it through another week. Is it just me, or does that feel like an accomplishment by itself? To celebrate, I've got another round of updates on what's been happening at the intersection of business, technology, and human experience. As always, thanks to everyone who has contributed to the running list. And with that, here we go! End of Remote Work? - Opening this week's on a spicy note. This one continues to leave me shaking my head. Despite the overwhelming data, many executive leaders seem set on forcing their employees into their familiar box. Check out why this one in particular gets me feisty. GenZ & Millenial Loyalty - There's a rise in commentary discussing the dwindling loyalty of GenZ and Millenial employees, but they conveniently fail to tell the whole story. While it drives clicks and soothes execs struggling with dismal retention, I'd encourage people to considering the bigger picture. AI vs. The Law - While tragic, it's not completely surprising to see an exponential rise in teens abusing AI to bully their peers. Kids do stupid stuff and often fail to consider the implications. Unfortunately, the lack of legal accountability seems to only be making matters worse. AI Resurrection - If you could bring back a dead loved one with AI, would you do it? It may sound like science fiction, but there's a growing number of people who are going for it. I've got all sorts of mixed feelings here. LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report - When the largest professional social platform in the world reports its findings on what's happening, it's worth paying attention. This week, LinkedIn reported its latest findings on what's happening in employee skill development, and it has implications for business leaders, learning professionals, and employees alike. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 2:00 - End of Remote Work? 8:26 - GenZ & Millenial Loyalty 15:33 - AI vs. The Law 21:50 - AI Resurrection 29:00 - LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report
In a world where the constant buzz of technology can overwhelm all our senses, how do we find clarity amid the chaos? This week, I unpacked this question and more with Andrej Safundzic, Founder & CEO of Lumos. Together, we explored the jungle of digital overload, sharing stories, insights, and strategies to navigate through. Andrej brought his unique journey from edtech in East Africa to shaping the future of govtech, highlighting the transformative power of technology when harnessed correctly. We also discussed the evolving landscape of IT, which has interesting connections to every professional role. This led to our focus on the critical role of adaptability in today's fast-paced world and how AI can be a tool for empowerment rather than a source of distraction. Curious how you can turn the tide of tech overload into a force for positive change in your life? Check it out! Show Notes: 00:00 - The Digital Deluge 06:45 - Charting the Course 12:30 - Philosophy of Risk 19:20 - The IT Evolution 27:50 - Adapting to Change 34:40 - AI as a Catalyst 42:15 - Overcoming App Overload 49:30 - Empowerment Through Technology 56:00 - Looking Ahead:
Another wild week of change at the intersection of business, technology, and human experience. This week has brought with it a number of new developments and changes that have a lot more to them than meets the eye. Also, thanks to all of you who have sent things along to keep my agenda relevant to you. Always appreciate the engagement. McDonald's Deepfake - A classic 80's dude smoking a cigarette while pounding a quarter-pounder may seem harmless enough, but the flurry of noise it created begs a deeper question. When does AI fabrication cross the line from harmless fun to harmful misinformation? Anthropic Claude 3 - Will our AI subscriptions soon look like our streaming subs? The GenAI wars are in full swing as Anthropic drops their latest release, crushing the benchmarks of their competition. Should everyone jump on the bandwagon or will this become another Apple vs. Android / AMD vs. Nvidia debate. Time will tell. AI Cracks Fusion - This update should light up your day, figuratively and possibly literally. AI has been trained to solve a huge problem in fusion power, tearing mode instabilities. Now, that may not mean much to you but it's an interesting development in both the clean energy and AI discussion. Chief Ethics Officer - As if companies don't have enough C-suite execs, will 2024 be the year of the CEO2? While there's definitely value in a greater focus on ethics and morals as we move into an AI-drive world, is a new top exec at the table the right move? Maybe, maybe not. AI > Humans - AI is more creative than humans, according to the University of Arkansas. Before you throw in the towel and prepare to submit to your machine overlords, you may want to read the fine print. While AI may have crushed it competition in some specific ways, that shouldn't be surprising and it doesn't mean AI beats humans in a head-to-head showdown....at least not yet. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:25 - McDonald's Deepfake 7:05 - Anthropic Claude 3 13:35 - AI Cracks Fusion Problem 18:44 - Chief Ethics Officer 24:32 - Humans vs. AI
Is sustainability the secret sauce to outperforming your rivals in business, or are we trapped by our narrow definition of what it really means? This week I'm talking with Ricky Marton, Founder of Koru, to clearly define what sustainability means and debunk the myths that often leave people seeing it as a nice-to-have. And, we don't just talk; we reimagine the whole spectrum of sustainability. As you'd expect, we talk about the role tech plays in sustainability and how it has the potential push your business not just towards a better future but also into a realm of innovation and efficiency like never before. However, getting it right means more than seeing tech as an easy button to a complex problem. While there are no shortage of hurdles, we explore how looking beyond the conventional boundaries and challenges of sustainability can be the competitive edge you never knew you needed. Ready to turn what you thought you knew about sustainability on its head? Let's go! Show Notes: 00:00 - Introduction to Sustainability and Technology 11:35 - Demystifying Sustainability 22:50 - The Intersection of Technology and Sustainable Business Practices 34:20 - Overcoming Misconceptions and Practical Steps Forward 45:40 - Technology as a Force for Sustainable Innovation 57:10 - Looking Ahead: The Future of Business and Sustainability 1:02:30 - Closing Reflections and Call to Action
I sometimes wonder if I'll ever get to the end of the week and go, "huh, there's nothing to talk about" but that won't be happening anytime soon. This week was a mix of humor and nervous laughter looking at what's happening at the intersection of tech, business, and human experience. Five things made this list this week. (Special thanks to those of you who send stuff my way). Wonka Fiasco - Take a look, and you'll see...a world of pure disappointment. AI is a great tool for enhancing what you already can do relatively well, but it's not a magician as an event group discovered in Glasgow. It may be able to make some dynamic and wonderful marketing materials, but people don't respond well when the real experience falls flat. 4-Day Work Week - There's been growing interest in the question of whether a 4-day work week could actually work. 61 companies in the UK committed to it and after over a year, it turns out it's netting some really positive results. So, should everyone jump on the bandwagon? Maybe not, but there's some interesting insight to take from the trail. Apple EV - If you had your eyes set on buying an iSedan in the future, I hate to let you down. While many may not have even known Apple was exploring electric vehicles, they were....until this week. As they refocus their resources on GenAI, it's an indication that AI isn't going anywhere and will be the electricity or Internet of our day. GenAI Gone Mad - How would you react if Gemini responded to your prompt for a picture of the founding fathers with a Black George Washington or a prompt for CoPilot to brainstorm was met with a demand to worship or face severe consequences? Probably not well, as many people did not. But what's really going on here? Should we build a bunker? I don't think so, but you'll have to hear why. Robot Apocalypse - While we're probably fine with Skynet as a Texas Internet Provider, I'm guessing society isn't quite ready for robots to show up at your front door, especially if its AI is having a bad day like OpenAI's was last week. Well, they may show up much sooner than you realize. If you haven't heard of Figure.ai, they're making waves as all the big tech is throwing money at their humanoid robots. Maybe now we should build a bunker....or at least start making robot-friendly casseroles. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 2:18 - Wonka Fiasco 8:15 - 4-Day Work Week 15:00 - Apple Electric Vehicle 18:04 - Generative AI Gone Mad 29:38 - Robot Apocalypse #GenAI #Robotics #ai #artificialintelligence #futureofwork
How often do we take for granted the power of understanding every word we hear or read? This week, I'm chatting with Anuja Dhawan from Dübverse to dive into how AI is making the world a more inclusive place through content accessibility. It's not just about reaching more people; it's about truly connecting with them, no matter where they are in the world. For many of us, navigating content in English is a breeze, but imagine hitting a wall of text in a language you barely understand. This is the daily reality for countless individuals, impacting their work and their ability to engage with content that matters. In the past, bridging this gap meant pouring endless hours and significant resources into translations, often with mixed results. Now, AI is shifting the landscape, making it simpler and more efficient to bring content to everyone, in a language they can understand. This episode is more than a discussion; it's a practical look at how we're moving forward, breaking down barriers and making sure that when it comes to content, no one is left behind. So join us as we map out this journey towards a more inclusive world of content, powered by AI. And, if you don't get a chance to listen to full episode, be sure to subscribe to the cliff-notes version on Substack: https://christopherlind.substack.com Show Notes: 00:00 - 05:00 - Introduction 05:01 - 15:00 - Understanding the Challenge 15:01 - 30:00 - AI to the Rescue 30:01 - 45:00 - The Human Experience in Digital Content 45:01 - 55:00 - Breaking Down Barriers 55:01 - 01:03:01 - Looking Ahead
A lot has happened since last week's update, with some major developments in tech. This is a clear indication that the pace of change is not slowing. This week I've got five things that were brought to my attention this week. (Special thanks to those of you who send stuff my way). End of Humanity - A listener shared an article about Eliezer Yudcowski's lastest predictions, suggesting humanity could end as early as 2 years from now. I don't adhere to the doomsday narrative; however, there is some wisdom in what's driving the prediction. Nueralink Success? - The headlines are saying patients are now successfully controlling a computer with their minds. Regardless of how you feel about it, we're moving into a new age of people mixed with machines. This means you'll need to be prepared to make decisions on how far we're willing to go. Air Canada Chatbot Chaos - "The AI Did it!" It was only a matter of time before AI did something a company didn't like and the solution was to throw it under the bus. However, the law isn't in favor of an AI scapegoat, which should be an encouragement for what's ahead. Open AI Sora - The progress in advanced AI content creation marches on, and if you haven't seen Sora's ability to turn a simple text prompt into an incredible, realistic video, check it out. However, it's not in everyone's hands and that's a good thing. Is society ready for what this brings? I don't think so. Risks to Flexible Working - As if proximity bias wasn't already a problem, the latest fears around AI may present some new and heightened risks to flexible working. While I hope I'm wrong on this one, it's a risk we should all be prepared to address. Show Notes: 0:00 - Introduction 2:09 - End of Humanity 6:20 - Nueralink Success? 10:26 - Air Canada Chatbot Chaos 17:06 - Open AI Sora 23:15 - Risks to Flexible Working
Are we leveraging technology to its fullest potential when it comes to the learning and development of employees? This week I'm releasing a special episode with Donald H. Taylor, Lead Researcher for the Global Sentiment Survey, in preparation for the release of the report. In our conversation, we not only explore some of the key insights that come from the report but what they mean. As you can imagine, artificial intelligence plays a dominating role but perhaps not how you'd expect. We discuss the rapidly evolving role of AI as well as what it means for employees and emerging professionals alike, connecting the changes we're seeing today to historical transformations like electricity and the smartphone. At a time when it feels like everything is changing, this may help calm the nerves of folks feeling justifiably overwhelmed. Furthermore, we get into some of the challenges that lay ahead and what we can do to mitigate the risks associated with those challenges. Making these shifts will not only serve as a benefit to those looking to leverage technology but will also serve as a guiding light to staying relevant and valuable in an organization. If you're curious how to navigate the rapidly changing of learning and technology, this is a conversation you won't want to miss. You can access the survey here: https://donaldhtaylor.co.uk/survey/ And, if you don't get a chance to listen to full episode, be sure to subscribe to the cliff-notes version on Substack: https://christopherlind.substack.com ***Show Notes*** 0:00 - Introduction 03:45 - Introduction to Donald H. Taylor and the Global Sentiment Survey 12:17 - The Role of AI in L&D: 24:53 - Historical Transformations and Learning 37:08 - Successfully Navigating The Changes 49:32 - Addressing & Mitigating Challenges 58:26 - Looking Ahead
In a world currently flooded with daunting headlines about AI, I hope today's conversation will stand as a beacon of positive innovation. Can technology truly help someone overcome an overwhelming cognitive disorder? This week I'm sharing an inspiring conversation I had with Dr. Coral Hoh, the founder and inspirational leader behind Dysolve. Together we explore how, when used properly, AI is not just a tool of convenience but a transformative force in accessibility and equity, offering new hope for individuals with dyslexia and cognitive disorders. This episode isn't just about the mechanics of innovative echnology; it's a testament to the power of AI in radically transforming what as formerly impossible. Amidst the cacophony of AI skepticism, we shine a bright light on the potential for technology to dramatically enhance human capability and bring about a future where cognitive challenges are no longer barriers to success. Tune in for an uplifting journey into the future of education and neurodiversity. And, if you don't get a chance to listen to full episode, be sure to subscribe to the cliff-notes version on Substack: https://christopherlind.substack.com Show Notes: 00:00 - Introduction 07:35 - Impact of Cognitive Disorders 15:27 - Unpacking the Technology 24:46 - Brain Plasticity and AI 33:58 - The Importance of Empathy 41:03 - Looking Ahead:
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