Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Monthly Archives: March 2018

Top paying skills in tech

We all have our own definitions of success, but annual compensation is objectively an enticing reward. No matter what your passions are outside of the workplace, it is always better to get $100 per hour rather than $50. As long as we seek career progression, we must keep an eye on the list of tech skills with the highest demand. By shifting your responsibilities into the direction of one of these top skills, you improve your chances of high compensation, job availability, and upward mobility.

I recommend picking up one skill each year with some proximity to your current role, to develop outside of work. For example, a software engineer may be interested in neural networks, a systems developer may be interested in the AWS ecosystem, or a business lead may be interested in six sigma. This year, I think I will be looking at deploying some simple smart contracts, as that space is interesting to me at the moment.

Are you working on any tech skills outside of school that you think could help your future job prospects?

Covert gun detection looks to prevent mass shootings

Gun control has been a major topic in the United States recently and many Americans have expressed their opinions at protests. While gun regulations are a reasonable option to make schools and other public buildings safer, Patriot One Technologies is working on a screening system to accurately detect citizens with guns, knives, and bombs on them.

The PatScan system can perform a full body scan discreetly since the hardware can be hidden in walls and ceilings. The CEO has addressed that there are no privacy concerns because the system doesn’t generate any images. Instead it acts similar to a metal detector and informs security if there is any potential of dangerous weaponry. It uses AI to learn information about the types of materials and shapes so it is constantly evolving. There are plans to implement this system in casinos and schools in the near future.

Do you think that this can help lessen the amount and impact of mass shootings? 


It’s Me, Not You — Our Dysfunctional Artificial Intelligence Relationship

It seems that people, especially companise, need to reconsider the relationships between us and AI implementation after the Facebook scandal about the election. Google was able to do this after two decades of research, curating collections and observing our every move. Apple too has tracked our app usage, music preferences, and daily lives through its iCloud. And Facebook sees our public and private conversations, what we share, and our personal opinions. A lot of companise phuechase AI service for a efficient achivement. When using the AI service, we also ignore the observation principle and lack of accurate data. It remains us that we still need to have business milestones, create an education strategy, create the curriculum that of AI use and be realistic with result horizons.


Ubers autonomous vehicle kill pedestrian, why did it fail?

The road to 100% autonomous vehicles took a turn for the worst last week when Ubers’ Autonomous Volvo hit and killed a pedestrian crossing the street.  The victim was jaywalking across a dark section of the highway when she was hit.  Regardless of whether or not it was light or dark at the time, autonomous vehicles should be able to detect an object moving into its path and take the appropriate steps to avoid a collision.  What makes this tragedy even worse was the fact that each Uber autonomous Volvo is required to have a human driver to avoid these types of accidents.  The in-cabin camera clearly shows the human driver looking down, with his eyes off the road at the time of the accident.  The external camera did show that the victim appeared almost out of nowhere and police who reviewed the recording doubt whether anyone, human or AI, would have been able to avoid a collision.  Regardless of the circumstances, Arizona’s governor has suspended the Uber autonomous Volvo fleet until programmers can figure out why the autonomous system failed to recognize the pedestrian and avoid the collision.  Do you think this will be a major setback for all autonomous vehicles?  


Personal Data Security Scandal of Facebook

Recently, Facebook is involved in a serious scandal that reveals how Facebook deal with its users’ personal information. As you may know, Facebook sold over 50 million users’ personal information to a data analysis firm called Cambridge Analytica without their consents. Despite they claim this practice for academic research, Cambridge Analytica has no relation to any academic organizations. What’s more, its focused field is how data would influence the electoral process which allows people to assume the Trump’s presidential election can be manipulated by certain people through posting biased advertisements to Facebook users. To gather more personal data, the personality quiz on Facebook allows Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to have more detailed personal information under the unwittingness of Facebook users. After this disclosure, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to take further steps in protecting its users’ privacy.


Many Facebook users are deleting their accounts as a response to this scandal. As a MIS student, would you think the cyber security topic will be the standing one in the future? Or do you think it is the top topic alreay?


Techniques for Better Decision-making as a Business Manager

Business managers face incredibly complex and difficult decisions in their positions. Managers need to find techniques to make all the decisions they make in better ways. Managers face challenges such as having a too narrow focus, falling into confirmation bias, getting caught in short-term emotion, and being overconfident. These are all common fallacies in decision-making that all people face, not solely business managers. Another problem that managers face is not making decisions based on integrative thinking. They do not consider certain factors that are essential to the decision they are making. Integrative decision-making can improve “critical thinking, creativity, pleasing multiple audiences, and satisfying workers.”

Integrative thinking will widen a manager’s viewpoint. It will allow managers to consider factors that would not have been factored into a traditional decision. Executing integrative thinking can be done by following the “Process of integrative thinking.” Managers will consider salience, causality, sequencing, and resolution when making integrative decisions. “Integrative thinkers understand that they are engaged in a creative process that avoids easy, pat, or formulaic answers.”

Better decision-making can be made by business managers by trying to reverse natural tendencies for bias. “Rational thinking is prone to several biases and problems.” Numerous methods and techniques exist to reduce this natural bias in decision-making, and they should be followed to improve decisions. Some examples of these are to “widen your options, reality-test your assumptions, attain distance before deciding, and prepare to be wrong.”

Frequent flyers, please scan your fingerprints

Starting this Monday Delta Sky Club members, who are U.S. citizens, are going to be able to use their fingerprints to gain access to the Sky Club airport lounges in 50 airports. This will change the way customers access the lounge, in they only have to scan fingerprints opposed to providing other forms of identification. Additionally, at Regan Washington National Airport, Delta is using the biometric scanning to increase check-in process matching customers fingerprints to flying information. Ideally, this will ease the time-stricken process airport checkin process cutting down on security check-ins would increase productivity and customer satisfaction. Something as simple as unlocking our phones with fingerprints is disrupting our daily lives as users are expecting easy, fluent, and precise biometric verification processes to simplify daily activities. How long until biometrics are apart of our daily lives beyond unlocking our phones ? What steps and risks must be assessed, protected against, and guarded to ensure that this information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands ?



Advertisers Leaving Facebook After Data Scandal







Following the recent data breach that allegedly exposed millions of Facebook users’ personal data, large companies are beginning to pull their advertisements off the popular social media platform. Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm, is accused of collecting data from Facebook for political purposes. Since roughly 98% of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertisements, this news comes as a huge threat to the company’s bottom line. Companies such as Sonos, Mozilla, and Commerzbank took their ads off Facebook, and many more are considering doing the same as the company’s reputation is suffering. Along with advertisers leaving, many companies are removing their pages on the site. Last week, Elon Musk deactivated the Facebook pages for his companies SpaceX and Tesla. This comes at a bad time for Facebook, which faced criticism during and after the 2016 election due to allegations of its users spreading “fake news” and their lack of a sufficient response. It will be interesting to see what comes next for Facebook as it faces the challenge of saving its reputation before it’s too late.

What do you think? Is Facebook’s reputation in real danger? Do you still use Facebook or view it in the same way? Will you make a bigger effort to protect your data going forward? Does all this bother you as a social media user? Leave your comments below.


3-D Food Printing

One of the biggest growing markets the past couple of years revolves around 3D printing. This new phenomenon allows the creation of 3D objects from plastics, metals and other raw materials. Carbon fiber printers can create automobile prototypes with unbelievable precision. Other printers can create things such as toys, jewelry, home decorations and even clothes. Recent innovation have made a new frontier of 3d printing possible. Printers than can print cook and serve food at mass scales. The Foodini uses free ingredients loaded into stainless steel capsules to make foods like pizza, pasta, and brownies. Commercial kitchens have already taken this method in effect to save time and effort. The global population is expected to grow to an estimate of 9.6 billion people by 2050, and analyst project that food production will need to be raised by 50% to maintain current levels.

How will 3D printing revolutionize the way food is made ? Will these devices soon be sold to the public for personal needs ?

This Weather Startup Provides Hyperlocal Data To Customers Like Monsanto


“A no-maintenance weather station is important when you install in harsh environments that are exposed to dust, wind, and high temperatures,” said Giovanni Piccinni, Global Field Optimization and Production Sustainability Lead at Monsanto. “Having no moving parts is really key. It guarantees a continuous stream of high-quality data.”

IT is enhancing every industry and business around the world. But It is really impressing when an amazing technology can be environmentally friendly as well. This startup will provide real life accurate weather information that can be used to make decisions about irrigation, harvest times, and seed production.  The company can in the future offer the data it collects to different potential customers, from insurance companies to farms to governments.

I think this is brilliant, and the data collected by the sensors can be utilized in so many ways. Again, IT is IT, and it can be used to improve any product or service.

Were you impressed by this innovation? Can you think of any limitations to the use of the stations? Leave you comments and thoughts below!

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