Tech Tuesdays: News you may have missed. 12.20.11

IBM predicts that mind reading machines could be on their way.

"From Houdini to Skywalker to X-Men, mind reading has merely been wishful thinking for science fiction fans for decades, but their wish may soon come true," IBM said. The prediction came as part of IBM's annual outlook for future innovations. IBM suggests that this could be helpful in asking machines to do tasks, like dial someone for you. 

Two thoughts came to my mind when I read this story. 1 - in this season of giving, of receiving, of family and in-laws, of receiving ugly sweaters from in-laws, I am really grateful no one can read my mind. 2 - I am guessing there are plenty of times when people think about dialing someone and actually follow through on that thought long enough to realize that it's a terrible idea; at what point would the computer recognize a final decision?

Social Media updates to Google+ and Facebook
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As Facebook unveils yet another round of updates, Google+ also announced its own updates, including noise filter, photo redesign and page management. The latter seems most helpful for companies as multiple managers can own one page allowing each to make updates, keeping company pages constantly updated.

But how are the changes going over?

Facebook - The reviews on timeline are mixed. The interface is considered attractive, but the idea has been received as somewhat creepy, given that the feature delves into life even before Facebook. What are your thoughts?

Google+ - Sadly, the business page numbers for the newest social network are lackluster. "61% of the top 100 [US] brands have established Google+ Pages, no brand other than Google had more than 50,000 Google+ fans, and more than two dozen of the top 100 brands had zero Google+ fans." Are you active on Google+? Why or why not?

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Comment by Tim Spagnola on December 21, 2011 at 11:29am

Thanks for the update as always Skill Storm. No if only that mind reading machine can come out in 2012. Would help recruiters make a lot more placements, or at the very least let us know what our candidates are really thinking. Have a great holiday!


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