Artificial Intelligence


Every group of friends has someone like this guy.  If you don't think there's one in your group, it's probably you!  Experts say AI will change the world more than anything in history - including replacing about half of current jobs.  Those jobs predicted to be "safe" require the qualities that make us uniquely human such as social intelligence.

Hmmmmmm.  High IQ but low social intelligence...  Should we engineers be worried?

This cartoon kinda reminds me of the line by Detective Spooner (Will Smith) in the movie I, Robot: "You're the dumbest smart person I have ever met in my life!"





Just a Quick 15-Minute Project

A wise man once said, "All's well that ends." - it's just that some projects never seem to end. 

This reminds me of the time when I was a young engineer, I would sometimes be summoned to the senior engineer's office for a "really quick project I need you to do".  "This shouldn't take you more than a few minutes," he'd say.  Those projects almost always took a lot more than a few minutes - sometimes many hours - and I'd often do much of the work on my own time since I didn't want to appear to be a slacker.  Finally, I'd set the completed project on the senior engineer's desk (and enter just a few minutes for the project on my time sheet).  I eventually came to realize that this was more of a genius ploy to either make sure I worked quickly or to get free labor, I'm not sure which.  In either case, it worked!

I'll Change Your Title


Do employees need job titles?  Are titles outdated?  Do titles encourage internal competition and stifle cooperation?  Do they disrupt productivity and innovation?  Are they limiting or confining or do they help clarify roles and responsibilities?  A hundred people would probably have a hundred different opinions.  There are countless articles on this topic by seemingly well-informed writers – some in favor and some strongly opposed.  With all the conflicting advice, how to decide what to do? 

What I do know is this guy probably should re-think his strategy for asking for a raise.

Who Just Joined?


Remind you of the first 10 minutes of your last conference call?  You'd think we'd all have this down by now.  I don't know what's more annoying - the five people who each join late and want to be caught up while everyone else waits, the person who has no idea how to work the mute, or the guy who is obviously taking the call in the restroom. 

For a painfully accurate yet hilarious YouTube video mocking the "fun" of conference calls, click here.

Online vs. Reality


This guy may hold a clue to why some of your Instagram friends have such a perfect life.  Experts say nearly two thirds of us feel inadequate when we compare our lives to others online ...and keeping up with perfect friends is expensive and difficult - until now.  I've found an easy solution for those who would rather avoid the trouble of actually living a perfect life: LifeFaker.com* where their slogan is "Life isn't perfect. Your profile should be".  LifeFaker offers enviable pictures you can buy and post as your own.  I'm considering their "I Own All The Things" package.

*(LifeFaker.com is actually seeking to raise awareness of the negative impact social media can have on our mental health, and if you try to buy a photo package you'll be redirected to a different site that talks about unhealthy social media behaviors and how to change them).


Early Recruiting Strategy


I used to joke that I should just hire a bunch of teenagers (since they already know everything), but with today's shortage of qualified labor maybe this is a better way to get a jump on the competition.

You've got to get in front of potential recruits very, very early these days if you hope to land some of the best talent - these days even average candidates seem to have a job offer locked down long before they graduate.