D.L. Damore

Nov 042019

Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home | WIRED:

“Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.”

*Interesting. Worth a read.

Nov 042019

Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint:

“And even if agencies do take a sample, residents are rarely informed of contamination.”

*This is what erodes trust in government. What is the right thing to do and why isn’t it being done?

Sep 102019

McDonald’s acquires AI company trying to automate the drive-thru:

“McDonald’s said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire a company that is trying to automate the drive-thru. It’s the fast-food giant’s third tech-focused deal this year.

Apprente, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders, which could cut down on service times. McDonald’s said the technology also could be used someday in its self-order kiosks and mobile app.”

*Not only can technology be used to show people different menu items based on time of day to increase order size, AI could be used to reduce labor costs.

Aug 042019

Test programs around the world that use the technology for lifesaving pharmaceuticals as well as for food and even coffee are attempting to prove that delivery by drones is not only safe, but efficient and environmentally sound.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/technology/drone-deliveries-faa-pilot-programs.html

*Drones are a future technology area to study. See lots of opportunity for people with multiple knowledge bases that relate to drones. A few areas are geography, human population density, legalities related to airspace, and the allocation of scarce resources.

Aug 042019

“The hardest part of making a suit is the customer,” he said. “Some people don’t know what they want. They want it loose, then they want it tight. That’s why you have to have two fittings.”

Jun 202019

Slack Stock Soars, Putting Company’s Public Value at $19.5 Billion
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/technology/slack-stock-ipo-price-trading.html

Jun 202019

Richard Montañez went from cleaning toilets to being one of the most creative executives in the food industry. But first, he had to call the CEO…
— Read on thehustle.co/hot-cheetos-inventor/

*Worth a read.