Instructor: Aleksi Aaltonen, Section 002

Fatimata Sall

The Downside to Social Media

After the recent tragedies that have happened throughout the world, people have come to blame social media and technology for the lack of security and surveillance of these platforms. Social media has become a place for people to express themselves, which means that while people are innocently talking about their own life and use it as entertainment, others are using it as a place to spew their hate and find likeminded individuals like them. Social media tech companies are now trying to find a way on how to limit what certain people say without destroying the very fundamentals of their company.

With the AI and machine learning of these companies not being able to pick out the troubling tweets and posts, they have to find a new way on how to keep a hold of them. The solution to this problem may just be developing better tools and adding to what they already have. With social media platforms having billions of customers worldwide, there has to be some way to monitor what is happening throughout the platform. This shows how the risks with technology can be a big problem to solve, with the solution not being invented yet, and there needs to be innovation to do this.


The Future of Retail

Amazon Go has been open to the public since January of 2018, and the foundation of the business is to make things simpler and quicker for the customer. While using machine learning, artificial intelligence and other technologies, the store allows the customer to go in, grab what they want, and walk out. With everything connected, from the Amazon Go App to the hundreds of cameras inside of the store, to the sensors and RFID readers, it shows how intricately related everything is. The system detects when the shopper picks up and item and adds the item to the shopper’s virtual cart.

If companies get on the Amazon Go wave, it could possibly change retail forever. It is collecting an enormous amount of information and using it to its advantage. There are other companies looking to battle Amazon, specifically Microsoft, who is developing technology for cashierless point of sale systems. If Microsoft were to create and patent this technology, they would be able to sell it to different retailers. A venture capital firm believe this market could be worth about $50 billion, so it is a matter of time before this becomes the future of retail and grocery stores.

Its interesting to think about how this store is set up behind the scenes. We learn a lot about processes and the different kind of systems a business would use, but Amazon Go is taking it to a different level. As time goes by and Amazon fixes some of the problems they might have, there can be entirely new systems coming into the market that a tech company similar to Amazon will use.

The differences in style between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook

In class the other day, we talked a bit about communication with decks and the different ways to present and captivate the audience. We also talked about Steve Jobs, and how his presentation style was perhaps the best kind of presenting for Apple and it’s consumers. Steve Jobs definitely had his own idea on what effective presenting was, and it just happened to work for his audience.

Now that Tim Cook is the new CEO, it is interesting to look at the differences between both of their presenting styles. Where Steve Jobs seemed very cool and collected, Tim Cook definitely gives off a more excited and elated vibe. Though they both stick to not having slides with many words on it and getting straight to the point, you can see the differences as they are both very different people.

Though their styles may be different, they still are loved by Apple consumers. Though some people were not sure if Tim Cook could live up to Steve Job’s presentation skills, I think he’s been doing a good job of proving himself as CEO and keynote speaker.