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This Month in Tech, AI and Data

Jun 08, 2021
Ok, we're live, welcome everyone, today is another double act between Bruno Aziza and myself, Bernard Marr. What Bruno and I are going to do every

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now is at the end of the

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, the last Friday, what time is it? you're now it's eight o'clock it's eight o'clock exactly eight o'clock pacific time four o'clock uk time five o'clock cet we'll be here talking about the latest

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nology trends the latest really looking back um a month and say well, what happened last month in

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nology, what happened last month in artificial intelligence,

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and all the interesting topics and um bruno is in Silicon Valley um in sunny Silicon Valley um working for Google I'm here on the outskirts of London in the Kingdom United and hopefully we have a pretty global picture that we can discuss at the same time.
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the better, Bruno, anything you want to add, well you did a great job. Great job presenting this. I think the last two we did we planned to only talk for 30 minutes or so and I think each time we ended up close to an hour so there's definitely a lot to talk about in the tech world and certainly In January there were a lot of events and there were many announcements and many innovations.
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I think you know CES is probably the first one we want to talk about, but of course Davos ends today, I think it is. the last day of that conference, both virtual of course, and a focus on AI and AI and the importance of

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, so I think people will be curious to know what we think is happening at those events Also, there is a lot to discuss today, yes, no, and for me, in January, there are always two events on my calendar, one is the CES in Las Vegas and the other is the World Economic Forum in Davos and this year for the La first time I participated in them digitally rather than physically, which is interesting and do you have a sense of how you think ces, for example, works digitally?
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So you know it was interesting because I don't usually do it. pay a lot of attention to CES because it's primarily a consumer show and you know I've been around the company and actually the fact that it was digital allowed me to see more, I think, and some trends that I thought were interesting and probably the most interesting for me was the flying car. You know, we always hope that happens and you know I blogged about this and you know how we could get into a world where we'll have the flying car, so I think that was probably the only thing that stood out, I think in the transportation world, and first I think we are losing a little.
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I use it, let's see if Bruno comes back. I think we lost the connection, so for me. It's um, it's obviously the world's biggest consumer technology show, there you are again, Bruno, I think we lost you for a minute, yeah, you know, it's interesting because this week in Silicon Valley it rained and when it rains here it gets a lot . of stress on the infrastructure and so for the last two three days my internet has been up and down and if this happens again I will connect using my hotspot so I don't get lost. I was just talking about the trend. in ces and, you know, I think cars are going to transform quite a bit in the next 20 or 30 years, yes, yes, I agree, so all this transportation mobility is a big trend for me in ces, I think the launch of General Motors. your personal vertical takeoff and landing electric cadillac, which is pretty epic, I think, and I think we've seen passenger drones last year, but now I think they've stepped up and I think flying taxis, flying cars are definitely on the way. .
Horizon, I think when it comes to mobilities closer to where we are today, I think Mercedes-Benz is launching their new dashboards completely without any buttons, so you basically have a digital dashboard for the passenger on the center console and in front of you . which is very interesting, so I think providing entertainment for passengers and getting rid of all the buttons is an interesting move. I agree and I think you know beyond the hardware changes, I think if you now fast forward to what you want to transport. what it will be like for you in the future, I wonder if the model, the business models, are also going to change.
I think a couple of years ago I said you know the future of money and cars is going to change in our lifetimes and what I mean by that is, do you really need to have a car if you're paying for a service from the manufacturer where the car comes to pick you up and you know when they are transporting you, they are entertaining you, you are not driving anymore and you don't actually own this physical asset anymore, what you get now is the service, so it gives you a lot of flexibility; you might not have to worry as much about insurance or you know owning and storing this physical asset, but now having convenience and then I think you know what's cool and what's encouraging, I think in this industry is that the hardware is starting to change, the business models, I think, will happen in the next thirty-five five years and then of course the network for charging.
It will be interesting to see these vehicles, you know, most of them go electric. I mean, as much as in Silicon Valley. Here we talk about the electric car. You know, I think it's still a very small percentage of cars, so we're at the beginning of this trend, but I think it's going to transform our lives in a pretty significant way and also the way we organize our cities. Yes, I agree, I think this whole thing about having mobility as a service is a massive trend. As a service is a massive trend in general, I think we're not just seeing it in mobility, but this is where it really starts to transform it for a lot of regular people who may not even consider it as a service. phones and now we're thinking about really big assets like our cars, where you think I really need to have a car and I think right now it's a challenge to even buy a car because technology is evolving so quickly, especially when you look at the shift towards vehicles. electronics, batteries change all the time, they improve almost every six months, there is amazing innovation and it's a bit like our mobile phones, I think even if you think about the Mercedes that now have this full screen. um the whole dashboard is the screen, it's a bit like now you look at an iPhone from five six years ago that looks quite dated, so how do we maintain all this?
I mean, you drive a Tesla. they update all the time and they've obviously realized all of this, yeah, every week for you, when you see those updates, it makes a big difference, I think it makes a big difference once in the comfort of the car. because every week I have something new to buy for the car. I think the rain is affecting your line again. You may want to connect differently while you do this. I want to take a look at some of the others. Trends I wrote an article for Forbes about some of the trends we are seeing and there you are.
I was talking about some of the trends I'm seeing in general because I wrote. a Forbes article and I have a video on my YouTube channel that summarizes some of those key trends and obviously last year we had folding screens, now we have sliding screens which is great, basically you can use folding screens, sliding ones are pretty It's great that you can make your screen bigger and it works perfectly. I think we've had a lot of touchless screens with covert technology. I think it was a great topic. There is a lot of sterilization and use of equipment using UV that sterilizes our phones, our keys and robots. uh doing ultraviolet sterilizations in entire hospitals and airports etc another big trend I'm seeing is working and learning from home so we've got everything from really cool connected fancy office chairs to better screens better cameras better everything and robots domestic so for I one of the companies I hope Bruno comes back and we let him come back now here we go now I'm connected to my hotspot so I hope you don't experience before very well and yeah I was just talking about some. from the trends or covert technology work at home and entertainment obviously a big trend um LG launching its invisible television I think what they were saying is that our homes are getting smaller and the smaller television screens are getting bigger so what they're doing now is putting TVs on the wall that have such a good OLED screen that you can turn them into a picture or even a simulated window in your room, which is great, and then for me, Samsung I think was really strong. this year a display of really cool home robots and TVs, I mean they showed robots, they can even wash your clothes, empty your dishwasher and serve you a drink while you're still working, yeah, and I think there's a connection to the health situation too .
You know these robots aren't going to risk your health or potentially pollute, so they connected that a little bit to what's happening right now. I want to get back to the car topic because I want to make sure I answer your question about how this changes your relationship with the car. I think it changes at least in a couple of ways. The first is that when you think about the car each week, you get excited about the new things that come to your car and now you think of your car more as software than hardware because it gains value instead of the old relationship you had with a car, which is the moment you take it off the lot, it starts to lose value here, it's not just more convenience, it's gaining value from that.
At least from how I interact with it, the other part is that the car is also getting smarter. You know, I was showing it to my son. It now detects when the light goes from red to green and makes this little sound that reminds me. go and start doing all these things that are on the edge of driving the car and being a more attentive driver, so I think it's not just technology that's evolving, but also our relationship with technology itself. I think it will evolve before falling here. I saw some great comments from people reacting to what you talked about and you know, congestion.
You know flying cars will solve congestion problems. Yes, I was looking at this. I'm bringing the comment now. Yes, and I think that's very true. I think you know if you live in a big city like Los Angeles, for example, here in the US, or if you know France, Paris and all over the world, India, etc., where you have a lot of congestion. You know that these services will make your life much easier. I mean, in the end we're not looking to own cars. I think unless you really like the idea of ​​having this physical asset, I think we're looking for something better. transport and it is good to see that companies like gmr are thinking about solving it.
The question is how air traffic is going to be managed and I don't know if they talk about that much because transportation is really about the network. to charge the cars or inform them, provide them with gas, but also how we all respect the rules to make sure we don't crash into each other and I don't know the answer to that, yeah, so another interesting comment here. from satish saying um it's going to be interesting to have a car or not so we have so many new technologies coming from Hyperloop to flying capsules and I think it was one of the first cities that really launched this idea of ​​flying on its own. drones and taxis was Dubai and anyone who has ever driven in rush hour in Dubai is completely crazy right now, not that crazy, but usually it is, so I think having this, this is not a if, it is definitely a win, but you.
You're right, it would be interesting to see how we have to organize all those who have all these flying cars in the air. Yeah, you know, the Hyperloop raises another question, which is this idea of ​​location. There has been a lot of talk about people moving away. of Silicon Valley and when I think of Hyperloop, I think of OK, how do you organize your life? Because if you can get there from San Francisco, Los Angeles, in 45 minutes, do you need to live in San Francisco to work in San Francisco? their travel has been shortened quite a bit and we've certainly seen a lot of press in the last two weeks here in January, certainly from companies moving from California to states with lower taxes and perhaps better real estate markets like Texas. and Austin and so on, what is your perspective from Europe?
Of course, I have an opinion on this, but I want to see how you view this. For me, this whole debate is very interesting because I think this whole pandemic. What we're going through is obviously causing enormous damage, but I think it has potential if we take some of the good things that have come out there, not a lot, but I think the transition to working from home has really made people realize what they can be. Productive managers realize thatIn reality, micromanaging people who are in the office eight hours a day is not a necessity. Yesterday we did an interesting linkedin live with Dell and vmware where we talked about this new hybrid work environment and to me this is not evident that companies are taking this very seriously now.
We see quite a few big tech companies in Silicon Valley saying that We don't really need our headquarters in San Francisco. We have really expensive real estate. People can work from anywhere, not just in California but anywhere in the world, and if this works, why? Would people want to live there when it is very expensive? And what I'm seeing is that there are definitely some problems with local authorities in San Francisco, where people are complaining about some of the services that are not so good. It used to be like this and people get upset with this and they leave, so at the same time I absolutely love California and I think one of my things is absolutely key is that you have these networks and what Silicon Valley had is that it has this group of tech people, innovative investors and running into people is very easy, so you build these natural networks, yes, and I think you know this trend of companies and individuals moving, in fact, if you look at the data, it's been happening quite a bit .
I mean, in general, in the US, there's a lot of mobility, I mean, I was surprised when I moved here, as you know, I grew up in France, I was born in France, my ancestors came from all over the world, Italy. and places, so we're used to this generational movement, you know, but once, usually over a period of 20 to 30 years, once a family settles in an area, they tend to stay there, United States It's really quite different, you know, when people go to university they move immediately and then after university they move again, so there is less idea of ​​identity in a city than we might have in Europe and certainly in France.
I don't know what it's like for some people listening. today, but certainly that's a cultural difference that I've seen, it's less of an attachment to a particular history of a place and an identity with it, it might be more on the east coast, but certainly on the west coast I haven't witnessed it. I think in general, of course, now it's exacerbated by the fact that we're all staying home, so you're right that you know you could easily think that in the next two years I can move to Austin and I won't see any changes. but I do think there are fundamental advantages in certain areas of the US, like Silicon Valley, because they're at the intersection of institutions that have been around for almost now, you know, 100 years from now, you'll have the opportunity. venture capital community, you have universities like stanford and berkeley and you have around you a set of people who have created companies that are iconic, companies that are, that may not be based here in the future, they have a large part of people are innovating, so when we get back to what could be our new normal, I think people will realize that location plays a huge role in our ability to exchange ideas together and then as humans in general, we crave this. ability to get to know each other and build a relationship as much as these technologies are great for us to talk here there is no substitute for me having dinner with you um and talking about things that are not related to work I can't wait for you to drink He took me to another good restaurant French because Bruno Bruno has, I think if I found all the good French restaurants in every city that we've been to, that's right, I keep a list, yeah, um, and I just want to say hello to everyone on this. broadcast it's so nice to see everyone joining in from all over the world um hello kimberly from clarksville and tennessee we have don from arizona we have firewood from pakistan um let me scroll up and down here new york city france colombia so it's great to see everyone join and from india um from italy people from france yes absolutely from greece yes from jakob from germany it's lovely to see everyone here and feel free to get involved in the debate im always Scanning this, Barbara made an interesting point here saying why we're talking about transportation when we're all hunkered down in our homes and you're absolutely right, Barbara, I think working from home and I think talking about people's transition.
Getting out of Silicon Valley is one of those factors where you can now live anywhere and I think the places that will be successful in the future as the towns and cities are the ones that really offer more than just networking, they offer really recreational activities. hello good. They offer good restaurants, good places to visit, good nature, all those things and I think if I follow this list, California actually accepts me a lot of those boxes, good weather, so I think in addition to the network, so I and, You know, there was an article. I think last week in The Economist, how are organizations making it attractive for people to stay close to them?
And so, there was an example of companies that were thinking about using their location, their buildings, to provide child care services to their employees, and that's how you could see it. that now companies are changing their approaches and that they want to at least maintain a population group around certain places and start thinking about using their real estate more as a place to go to work but as a place to also provide services for employees , so I think the world will look more like we go back to working in person at least in the mixing area and the fact that you're located in an area will matter, I think, for your ability. build a career and you certainly already know how to interact with other humans like we used to, so I hope it's very interesting to me that actually what we're doing here now we couldn't do well before because now everyone is online. people have video conferencing facilities, they have good microphones etc, and even though we are a few thousand miles away, we can meet, chat and involve lots of other people, so building some of these networks is easier than ever.
It's less dependent on location and the fact that online has now become the default, I think it's also creating opportunities, as I was saying before. You know, I never paid attention to CES before, but now that all the sessions are available, I might as well take a look at it so that somehow our access to information will be easier and since now all the conferences by default will be online, you know it's opening up new opportunities, I think for people as well, so it's not all bad. For me, I spent my life flying to different places around the world to give keynotes and now I can sit exactly here.
I can have breakfast breakfast with me. I can get up early in the morning. Give a keynote in Japan. Have breakfast with me. the kids are prepared for homeschooling and then I do another keynote in Sweden and in the evening I do one in the United States and this has made me much more productive, but I have worked from home for the last 10 15 years, so yes, this has not changed the world as much as others. Now I see people like Kurt asking you to talk about your Forbes article. I assume Kurt you are talking about Bernard's article.
I wrote one too. this last weekend, but I think you probably know that there have been a lot of predictions about the goal and last week in Davos, I think they launched the service. 63 percent of CEOs said they believe AI will have a greater impact on the Internet. And I know you write about that a lot, so Kurt, let us know which article you're referring to, so we can make sure we can address it. Yes, and I've written a few articles about some of the upcoming trends. out of ces, so yeah, let us write one about hybrid work.
Hybrid work is interesting because it would be interesting to engage anyone listening here now and say how many days a week they think they will work from home in the future. So, for me, I hope it's five days, with the rare exception that it's actually worth my time and courage, and in fact, Bruno has found another French restaurant somewhere that allows him to travel by train to go to somewhere. In other cases, you hear this very often. two three two people who spend two weeks on the weekend two weeks in the office three at home or the other way around yes, very interesting, how many people do you know say seven seven days working from home?
Robert says two, two out of five, um, four out. out of five, yeah, that's interesting, and obviously all of this comes with real challenges, as well as some of the discussions I've had in recent weeks about this hybrid work trend is how to make sure you manage them. remote teams, how do you make sure that people don't feel like second-class citizens when they're in remote locations and compared to people who are in the office and meet the water cooler, grab a bunter and go out to have a drink on It's always night, you know, I mean, if when you thought about what we were doing now, if you were working remotely, you're always at a disadvantage when you join a call because you're missing what's happening on the room, etc.
So to some extent, the fact that we're all remote is kind of eliminating that and we're all on the same page, so to speak. I think when we get back to work, we'll coordinate meeting days versus work days. I mean, this is great. advantage of being at home and being able to concentrate on work and then plan the meeting days and maybe on Wednesday we will all meet and it is a kind of brainstorming day, the topic of course will be good, what if everyone chooses Wednesday? As a meeting, you'll run out of spaces in the office, so some coordination will definitely be necessary, but I like the idea of ​​having maybe two days of focus at home and then three days in the office so you can collaborate and work in rooms and whiteboards, etc., the last time you and I talked, we talked about technologies like smart boards, that might allow us to exchange ideas, but I think it's very difficult to emulate real human conversation, so Kurt asked us. to talk about our two articles, so I don't know if you want to start with the last one.
I could certainly talk about the article I published last weekend about the difference between the world of business and consumer convergence. I talked about two trends, I talked about this idea that I called convergence idiot virgins and then I hope to do it justice, but the idea is that in the world of consumption we are very used to devices coming together and you know, I think I referred to a Nicholas Negroponte video, he is the founder of the mit media lab and he spoke 10 years ago, maybe 20 years ago, he talked about the next 30 years of how everything will converge on one device like we see today. our phone and although I think this is a very, you know, explainable trend, I mean, back then it wasn't obvious, but now it's pretty obvious that our phone is a watch and our phone is an equivalent fax machine and its mail electronic and it does.
From all of these various use cases what I was talking about is that you have to be careful not to go too far with this trend, especially in the enterprise, it's hard not to get caught up in this idea that if you're listening to a vendor that has a tool and everything looks like a you know, when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail and now they're kind of like, I don't think it's malicious, but they're thinking about now that they're seeing the world through their a tool and they tell you that everything converges into the one tool that they have in the business world, you have to go and focus on what we talked about in the article, is this idea that you know the core use cases versus the corner cases, and so I talked about how AI companies are coming together to some extent and do not completely overlap.
The same goes for the enterprise data warehouse and data lake, where there are some overlapping use cases but not completely overlapping. You have to be careful not to jump into this convergence trend too quickly, too quickly and too much because the investments you are making in the company are gigantic investments. Correct investment in the world of consumption. You always have the option to go back to your watch and I can have both and it's easy and the reason I haven't seen another phone is because when I run it it's a lot lighter so you know some use cases never go away and of course that's what I talked about in this article happened, hopefully, this direction is something I wanted us to talk about today is that convergence is a real thing, it happens, it's, you know, you see it more in the consumer world in the business world, what I suggest is to apply some Discipline and focus your technology purchasing decision on the core use cases, not the corner cases, so don't go too fast because you might regret it.
These investment companies are aware of our career in making investments and therefore want to do so. have a model for it um, which brings me to this book here, this is the book that I was referring to forevery supplier and every cio is crossing the chasm by jeffrey moore, he talks about this design center idea and so if you don't have a copy of this book, but it's a really great book and it forces this discipline of thinking what is the core design of a particular product I'm looking at so I rented here for a long time but wanted to make sure. which uh uh Kurt, I was addressing your request here, let us know if there's more you want to talk about about this trend, yeah, fine, so I'm not exactly sure which Forbes article you want me to talk about.
I started talking about one of the top five trends in consumer technology from CES. I think we've covered everything else. that 5g uh we've seen verizon CEO hans vestberg's keynote speech talking about the importance of 5g and even companies like dell lenovo hp are now launching laptops with 5g capabilities, meaning you'll have amazing connectivity at home maybe not even relying on broadband i.e. it goes down when it rains in California yeah exactly the other article I wrote about was about fake news which I think it's a very important topic that we can talk about because if we look back in January, one of the biggest issues, obviously, in the biggest news was Twitter banning a sitting president, uh, and Facebook followed very closely. quickly, so if you've done it, you can, not just someone who has 80 million followers and he uses Twitter. as their main goal as a main means of communication, but if they can ban that person, that really puts into perspective the power that social media companies have but also the responsibility that they have because obviously they were security concerns, they were saying that in reality is inciting violence, which obviously goes against some of the rules that Twitter has and one of the articles I wrote about was an interesting startup from the UK and what they're doing is creating a product that basically looks o try to identify. how truthful the posts are so that they verify the sources that the company logically called and will highlight potentially misleading information, fake news and it is an interesting collaboration between the use of artificial intelligence and the use of people to verify sources, verify what people say and to me this is a really important thing because I think sometimes we confuse some of the discussions about social media companies, people say yes you need freedom of speech, of course you need freedom of speech, but you also need control some of the dangerous misinformation that circulates with a lot of fake news. it's actually state sponsored now, so we have to be very careful and highlighting that some of these people not getting caught up in crazy conspiracy theories is really important at the same time, letting people say what they want to say, but I think that if this is becoming something that is really dangerous we need to stop this as soon as possible in the same way I think social media companies have a responsibility to find fake news but also identify harassment and other things and now AI can do this and they I'm starting to do this so what's your opinion on social media censorship on removing Trump?
I think Twitter also removed the Chinese embassy in the US from a Twitter account because they were talking about some ethnicities, I think. I think you know, of course, this is not a political program, we're concerned about technology, but I think it's the middle conversation about this, what are we doing in terms of information change, you know, access to information and, you know , remember? At this point I was looking for it and saying: you know, the exact quote is water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink, and it is this idea that we have evolved now to a system where we have a lot of information and We have access to much more information than we knew 10 years ago and this has a great advantage, but there is also a disadvantage in knowing what our information is authentic and what is not, and where the information comes from. who is the messenger and how do you know certain institutions, um, you know in the case of the political arena or, in fact, using the system to influence your way of thinking, then you no longer know what is true and what is not true and I think it's leaving.
I again know what types of filters you're applying when you look at information because it's not just the information itself, it's the messenger and then what you're bringing to the information as an individual that you know in the old days. that you had filters like particular newspapers that you only read and now we've lost them because you know you can read something exactly opposite on the Internet and I just don't know how we solve that and whose job it is to solve that, ultimately you know how to read your article. I think it's great to see companies that are looking to solve it because it's not something that the human scale can solve.
You and I cannot resolve. all over the internet and label what's true and what's not, so being able to do that in a scalable way will help us use the information to make better decisions, but it's something I wrote about last year, right before the US election. Because there was a lot about deep fake and fake news, I think you wrote a lot about that too and now you know you could be watching the video of your eye and lips moving and what we're saying are words that we've never said um and why That is worrying, but I am hopeful that with companies like the one you mention here in this article and other innovations around the world we will get to a better place, although it is a challenge.
Because even in America, you know, my wife was making this comment. I listened to French news every morning and we don't have, I think at least when I grew up, we don't have channels that are so opposite, you know, relationship. with the information, whereas in the US, I've noticed, hopefully, that people who are listening to us and who are live in the US, like me, there are clear delineations like this channel has this type of opinion and that channel has that. type of opinion I don't know if I could say that about our television channels in France and I don't know why that is like that, yes, I think this is really dangerous, I think all this polarization of this world that we are seeing right now. where you have Democrats and Republicans that don't even talk to each other, I think this is hopefully something that Biden can start to address now and build some of those bridges because I think we've had the perfect storm with fake news and and backed by algorithms. that the social media companies were using to give us news and if you like someone's opinion they will automatically give you more of that and very quickly you will get a very narrow view of the world so obviously another thing that happened this month is that now we have a new president in the US and what do you think Biden's impact on technology is.
To me, there's an interesting dilemma: We're talking about social media companies, do we want to regulate them? And I think Biden would probably like to regulate them a little more and control them a little more at the same time, if we look at some of the results that came out in terms of his company's performance this month, they are currently the engine of growth, they are the Amazons. the google the facebook the apples all the comp are the companies that are generating a lot of money right now so when the economy is not going very well it is a good time to control them, what is your opinion on this?
I think you know that They will have a very good idea of ​​how they are organized. What was really encouraging is that very quickly, when he came to power, he hired some really strong people for what he calls his scientific team, you know Maria Zuber and Frances. Arnold and the people who have been involved in how technology can help us run a better nation on the importance of science, so I think you know, I don't know, I haven't read the agenda, you know from the new administration. and how they are, you know, they work with the technology industry in general, but it's interesting that in a few days you know that he created the scientific team.
I remember when Obama came to power, he had our friend DJ Patil as a data scientist. boss, you know, you also create your department, so it's interesting because I think beyond the relationship with the government and the industry itself, the question is how can we work more closely to solve the big problems that you know about and talked about in this in In his speech, when he talked about the science team, he talked about how we use technology to improve the economy, how we use technology to focus on climate change and you know places you know.
I think the rest of the world is looking for the For us to have a position, you know, going back to the Paris Agreement, I think that's a big change in this administration, so I think we'll see a definite change in how technology is applied to improve our life, and I have hope. and encouraged by some of the announcements but of course you know there's a lot of detail in the details and how we can help each other so overall it's pretty positive from everything I've read yeah I don't know what you think people here at in the chats, but yeah, let us know the interesting thing: I completely agree with you and I think the other event that we can talk about a little bit more about what happened this month was obviously the world economic forum in Davos. and I think what Biden talks about in a lot of his initial conversations aligns very well with that agenda and yeah, I think the interesting thing when it comes to technology is that I think he just asked for 10 billion in additional funding. for security, which I think is really interesting because this is something that I'm definitely seeing when we talk about this new hybrid work-from-home job.
Security attacks are increasing, I think, according to the FBI, the US federal bureau of investigation. They've seen a 400 increase in cyber attacks since the pandemic started, so we're seeing a lot more attacks, obviously with people working from home on their own devices and connecting to corporate systems, which makes it a lot more vulnerable and I think people in general are more vulnerable. to cyberattacks because sometimes we think of these really sophisticated AI-enabled attacks, but in reality 80 to 90 percent of breaches come from people clicking on phishing emails that purport to come from their bank or a colleague, so I think creating this awareness and investing in cybersecurity I think is vitally important.
I also believe it. I think now that we're basically running our light from a browser where we will naturally be more vulnerable to identity theft in other issues. It's that easy, I mean you. You had an interesting survey that took us to the next level. Okay, now you have technology and the online relationship we have with apps, okay, but what happens when technology becomes part of our body? I'm starting to worry about the safety issue, okay, if I didn't handle the online relationship now, can I really have an implant in my brain or under my skin?
Do I trust that won't get hacked? What kind of reaction did you have? Continue with that question. I was pretty optimistic, and of course I'm a technologist, so maybe I'm always more optimistic than others, but I said, sure, I'll want an implant if it makes my life better. Darryl Plummer at Gartner. had talked about this trend called neuroformic computing neuromorphic computing this idea that you know you could have, you know, law machines that connect to your synapse, in your brain, which sounds futuristic, but in fact, IBM already has a patent about that and so on. I certainly don't know if it will be the next 10 years, but in the next 30 years we will start to see things like this.
Elon Musk has a company, Neurolink, that focuses on having technology integrated into the body to help. you or improve it, then your question was: are you willing to have an implant? You answered yes, but what did you do? What do people end up answering here? Yeah, we can't actually find the results, they haven't analyzed them yet, but If you got the results, let me, we're trying to get it out here. I think the question was: would you get a microchip implant? So let me see if I can get to the real thing. The interesting thing is that obviously.
Companies are working very seriously on this and for me, in one of my books on technological trends and practices, I talk about this: the fusion of humans and machines and almost having humans 2.0, yes, I think our Apple watches, connected phones and more portable devices. technology that tracks our heart rate and blood sugar and oxygen levels in our blood. I think this is all a step towards this and I think having an implant means your brain can access the internet and vice versa, that's scary. but it also surprisingly offers incredible opportunities, so yeah, it's very interesting to see what anyone listening thinks about this.
Would you have an implant? And obviously companies like Neuralink are working very hard on this. Elon Musk. Do you think this is something important that I need?develop it, the interesting thing is that Mark Zuckerberg said he's not interested in working with implants because implants are not scalable and find a way to read someone's thoughts without having an implant, so having something on top of your head somehow and and They were able to do this, they were able at a very basic level to convert some of your thoughts into text, which is interesting and we already have things like prosthetic arms, for example, that you can now control with your brain waves, so yeah.
I think you know, I found the poll because of the way I was in the minority. I think the only 23 percent of the people you have have almost 7,100 votes and only 23 people, 23 percent of the respondents said they would get a microchip implant. 77 said no, I think you know there are some ways you can imagine a world with implants that would improve our lives. I think one of them is the most obvious way in which it is helping millions of people today is technology. That's helping them, you know? If you have a disability and then it's the technology that augments you in a certain way.
I think there are also situations that interact with particular devices. I mean, you know, I remember when the Xbox shipped. It's Kinect and this is not an implant. but it is, it changes the relationships that you have and the slogan was you are the controller and for me that opens the door to oh well so the interface is now me and now the interface is me how far can we go with that and then you I know that the First level is of course having an external camera that sees you and recognizes you as a human body and now understands gesture etc., the next level could be a headset that you put on and now you have holographic lenses. and these glasses, you know you're getting more information, but as you miniaturize the device, you get to a place where you have the opportunity to have it on your own body all the time and once you have it there, it allows you to do simple things like be an extension of the interface that you would use like a mouse or the Kinect but it can also optimize certain things that maybe in our body are not being optimized when you have low blood sugar or when you are anxious. maybe it stabilizes you or you know things that you might be taking medication for today that could damage your liver.
Know? Would an electronic device really stabilize the chemical dysfunctions we sometimes have in our bodies instead of just harming others? organs that are not directly related to the problem you are trying to solve and this is a clear argument for all this that we already have. I believe that google has developed a contact lens that can measure the level of glucose in your liquid level and This lens can automatically connect to an implanted insulin pump that will monitor your insulin so that someone with diabetes can completely automate this whole process, which I find it absolutely fascinating, well that's cool, I wasn't aware of that so that's interesting.
I will definitely look into it. I think you know, of course, there's a scary part. I think Fayad is saying that there is a scary part, but there is also an incredible amount of opportunity that we can have. I think the person she said. It had better be Gartner's Daryl Plummer when he talked about this neuromorphic trend. He was saying: You know this is the problem with technology. You know there is a good side and there is always a bad side and it depends on us. to make sure that most uses are forever, so we'll see what happens there, but I think you've realized that the big trend here is that devices will become miniaturized and generally there is an appetite to do that in multiple industries. uh to make technology service more immediate on a daily basis, I completely agree, so the other event that just ended that we said we would cover is the word economic forum, so for me, I look at some of the key discussion points that that. took place there and I think the number one talking point was how do we actually save our planet and I think a lot of people are pointing out that right now we're obviously fighting the coronavirus pandemic, but if we don't get global warming and climate change under control that this It could far exceed anything we are experiencing right now, so it is very urgent that we need to address it.
I think fairer economies were a big trend that reduced inequalities between economies around the world. I think another big trend and something that I think what we're seeing now in the digital divide is that this is a discussion in this country that happens all the time where I have three kids at home and they all have their own computers, they can access homeschooling, they can listen to life lessons, but there are many children who are not in that fortunate position and cannot, they do not have computers, they share a computer, their parents have to work from home, they have three brothers, they do not have a good internet connection, how?
Can we level this out and how do we address the inequalities? I think another big trend I picked up at the world economic forum was technology for good. This is something I am personally passionate about and write about. I think it's my fourth The post I published this morning is all about technology forever, so how do we really combine two of those things to save our planet and take it as a good? Anyone wants to read an interesting case study. I'm talking about a case study. that's using artificial intelligence and citizen science to track endangered animals, which is fascinating, and then I think this whole future of work, how is it evolving?
I think we talked about this new hybrid world, what's coming beyond the pandemic, how do we do it? We achieve a better balance between work and personal life. I think it's really important how we address some of the mental health issues that people have. For me, the three central themes of this year's world economic forum are sustainability, inclusion and technology, I think so. I noticed the same trends, it was actually interesting if you know that all the sessions are available online, so if you look at the sessions and look for data, you will find that most of the conversations are what you are talking about. about using data for good and of course you know you have great speakers from various governments and so on talking about their initiatives the climate issue was really, you know, front and center I think you know when in the When they opened the conference they talked about five, I think the five main problems we have in the world are actually related to the climate and create inequalities not only because of technology but also because of where you live and access to certain services, etc. . go ahead and then, you know, they weren't, I didn't find the trends to be surprising, but that might be because I already read a lot about these issues, you know, for me, it's always, you know, now what do we do about it.
You know, I've never been to Davos, but I've been to Ted conferences and stuff and I love the sessions because they raise awareness. I'm always looking for what's the follow-up on this, so we actually make these changes happen, I mean, it's great to raise awareness about this, but there are still millions of people who are dealing with these inequalities that you're talking about and so, to where do the investments go? So I'm looking forward to reading. About that, what are the companies or nations you talked about? Know the Biden administration, what nations are doing and how much attention and budget they are putting into solving these problems, those are the sessions I look for, but The good news is that everything is available online, easily searchable and sessions are really very good, so I recommend everyone to go see them.
Yes, I agree for me that this is one of the biggest changes now that CES was always this exclusive event. that you had to be a salesman or a journalist, so I was lucky enough to be invited to go there, but now anyone can see it, so you have an audience of millions of people and I think if I think about going to Las Vegas, what What happens is that you are running around trying to put together your agenda trying to catch the right sessions and in reality this is really difficult and nowadays I could have them all saved in my agenda.
I could see them one by one. I could pause them. have a coffee in the middle and what you don't get are the little meetings in the hallway where you have conversations, but actually, again, this is what we have other technologies for. Now I can look forward to a zoom call or a team call and have those. offline conversations, so it makes the experience almost better because when you travel to Vegas you're jetlagged, it's overwhelming, you're missing meetings and there are all these friction points that can get missed and can cause you to miss things important. here you are in a more comfortable environment, you could actually get better information, you could become a better listener and a better participant at the conference itself, something that is definitely exciting to see and also compels these organizations to make all their content available online, which I believe.
I think it participates in solving the problem because the more aware people are, the more they can offer solutions to solve them, so it's not all bad, it's not all bad, I agree, I think we've covered a lot, we've covered a lot. new president, we've covered people moving out of silicon valley, we've covered fake news, ces trends, world economic forum, what a busy month, we've had someone listening, let us know what you think, share your comments, share your ideas, your thoughts, um, if there's anything you think we've missed, let us know. We will also do this again next month, so at the end of February we will look back again and again.
Participate with us. Let us know if there is a particular topic that interests you. If you'd like us to cover, we're trying to make them as interactive as possible and we've both been reading your comments and streams and hopefully we've addressed most of those questions and comments and thank you all for being a part of it. about this bruno, anything else, thank you. I'm looking forward to next month, it's a shorter month so I hope a lot of you answer your questions, but I really want to encourage people to do what they've been doing. here, which is what you know, lead the conversation here, don't make us go over our topics, tell us what you want to talk about and then we'll make sure to get feedback from curtin um and others from around the world. uh help us learn from each other, you know, the point I think about this is enough for Bernard and I to talk to you, but it's for us to learn from each other, so don't wait for this to get involved, ping us and tag us. online on linkedin and then we'll see you next month, very good and I think on the screen you can also see our handles here for twitter if you want to connect beyond linkedin or youtube so you can find me on instagram on on twitter and any other thing so we have bruno aziza and ed bernard ma so feel free to tune in we will see you as a little double act again at the end of February thank you so much everyone thank you thank you.

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