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How the $170M YouTube fine will better protect children

September 15, 2019

Alphabet, the parent company of YouTube, was recently fined $170M for violating the Children’s Online Privacy & Protection Act (COPPA). This law is designed to protect the privacy of children 13 years old and under. The Federal Trade Commission found that YouTube violated COPPA by sharing information with 3rd parties about children so they could sell advertising to their clients. While many...


What’s behind tech employers ditching degree requirements?

August 25, 2019

Most people believe that technology is difficult to understand and even harder to learn how to build with. As a result of this dynamic, one would expect technology companies to require college diplomas to prove that prospective candidates are properly grounded in the knowledge they need to be successful in the workplace.However, this is not the case at all. In fact, a small but growing number o...


Deepfakes are here - A parent’s guide to understanding the risks for their kids

August 18, 2019

Recently, we’ve become aware of a viral video making the rounds on the internet of Bill Hader morphing into Jim Carrey and Tom Cruise as he impersonates these actors during a television interview. Many people are shocked by the capabilities of technology to have this sort of stunning visualization that is so realistic that it fools the brain into believing something that is impossible.  While t...


The Lion King Proves Deep Technical Expertise is the Future

August 4, 2019

Although technology advances and disruptions are all around us, sometimes parents can rightly wonder, does my kid really need to learn this? Disney’s new Lion King movie shows that this knowledge will be essential to their future success.While creators have always been at the forefront of their respective fields, this groundbreaking movie illustrates how technical acumen is continuing to push t...


The Most Useful Life Hack Ever

June 30, 2019

Throughout human history, the ability to create value has always been extremely important. As a result, society has advanced tremendously from the inventions and innovations from people who saw the world a bit differently than everyone else.  And those who have changed the world have often been greatly rewarded. Leveraging innovation, we have continuously improved our ability to create not just...


Tech's Broken Promises

January 4, 2019

We aren’t living up to the promised potential of technology. Solutions are supposed to make the world a better place. They are supposed to help fix the immense challenges in a difficult world. As of late, technology is falling short of its promised potential. From the recent insight that most of the internet is fake to the influence large scale social media platforms can have on elections aroun...


Every Company is NOW a Technology Company

December 28, 2018

While Netflix was originally founded as a company designed to change the viewing behavior of consumers by sending them DVD’s via mail. Over time, the company began streaming content via the internet using a combination of data & analytics to drive high levels of customer engagement. In order to satisfy the growing demand for content and insulate itself against the competition, Netflix began...


Kids Will Save us from Bad Tech

November 30, 2018

Over the last several months, the rising influence and impact of technology in our daily lives has fallen out of favor in popular culture. From the use of the Facebook platform to influence the Presidential election to Google helping build a censored search engine in China. Everyone is now realizing just how powerful hardware and software companies can be.And while technology has undoubtedly ma...


Didn’t win $1.537 Billion in Powerball? Try Tech Instead!

October 24, 2018

On Tuesday October 23rd, 2018, a single person in the great state of South Carolina won the $1.537B dollar jackpot in Powerball. This was the largest prize in the history of the lottery. A single ticket costs $2 and the odds of winning were roughly 1 in 300,000,000. This led to an unprecedented number of players tossing their hat in the ring for their chance at over a billion dollars.While cong...


3 Reasons Why Every Kid Should Go PRO in Coding

September 14, 2018

Whether it is baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf or swimming, nearly every kid plays sports at some point during their childhood.  Besides the obvious health benefits, there are some who start early and are able to progress all the way to the collegiate level. For the exceptional, a professional career is the ultimate goal. And what parent doesn’t want their child to reach the peak of...


Helping a billion people with technology

May 26, 2018

Did you know that there are an estimated 1 billion people around the globe who have a disability? Because their disability often prevents them from doing work, their poverty rate is almost twice as high as the general population.  On the other hand, we have witnessed extreme examples of the intelligence and world changing impact of those who are disabled in people like Stephen Hawking.  In orde...


Disruptive Potential of Technological Innovation - Google AI Assistant

May 12, 2018

This past week, Google introduced the Google Assistant – an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant. During the demonstration of the product, the CEO of Google (Sundar Pinchai) let us listen in to the personal assistant using natural language to book a hair appointment.  While booking a hair appointment might seem trivial, the possibilities for humans if computers can begin to better...


Human Are Underrated

April 21, 2018

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to advances in technology is that humans will become redundant because computers will be better performers for a wide variety of tasks. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. While computers are able to perform simple, repeatable tasks at a high level; there are many areas that human capabilities are underrated. The most like...


3 Ways Kids Can Make Money on the Internet

April 14, 2018

For each new generation, it is important that they gain an understanding of how business works as early as possible. This makes these kids more successful as they get older because they are better able to recognize and monetize emerging trends. When I was growing up, my first job was in retail bagging groceries at Jewel (our local supermarket). A bit later, I transitioned into newspaper deliver...


Facebook Data Scandal - That's What I LIKE!

April 7, 2018

Over the past several weeks, the widespread use of data to influence social media users has come to light. The specific example that has concerned most users is that their behavior on social media was harvested by Cambridge Analytica and combined with external information (voter data records) to build extensive profiles that were then used to place targeted information in their newsfeeds. This ...