Monday, October 16, 2023

Google Play Now Lets You Play [Some] Mobile Games on Your PC

For those of you that love your mobile games but hate being tied to that small screen, Google has just launched a new offering that will allow you to explore and play mobile games on your PC or laptop.

Google Play Games Beta allows you to experience bigger, bolder versions of select mobile games on Google's gaming platform for PC.You can use your mouse and keyboard to gain agility and boost your performance and accomplish a few more feats in games than you might be able to just using you phone.

 As this is in beta only there is currently a short list of games that you can enjoy - you'll see many of your favorites like Angry Birds 2, Asphalt 9: Legends, Jackpot World - Slots Casino and Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire. While the list might be short, for now, it does offer plenty of options to test out. However, those that might want more option might want to checkout Bluestacks (see our previous post). This cool little app allows you to run almost any Android app and isn't limited t just games.

Monday, September 25, 2023

AI Regulations and Why Companies Welcome Them

As the adoption of AI, more directly generative AI, we see more companies calling on the government to step in and step up with regulations. For some this seems counterintuitive. Why would an AI company seek regulation in their own industry that would slow down adoption of their tools right? There are two schools of thought on this.

  • Companies are truly concerned that their tools are being used for nefarious activities (scams, hacking cheating ect)
  • Companies are concerned that the pace of the market means they will become irrelevant before they can make a market impact

As much as we'd like to think that tech companies are altruistic. Historically speaking, this hasn't been the case. So while some of their calls to action might be rooted in a desire to steer things down the 'right path' it is more likely that they are worried about their massive investment and potential returns.

The AI movement/generation is very quickly becoming what the DOT-COM era was. Startups are hitting amazing valuations and being gobbled up by the big boys in tech. Amazon recently spent 4b investing in AI Startup Anthropic. While Google, NVIDIA, Apple and others are not far behind. If AI continues to evolve at the pace it is now, many of those investment could be outdated and loose overall value well before they produce something that is marketable.

As a comparison Siri was first released in 2011, Alexa in 2014 and both are precursors to the large language models we see rapidly advancing today. It too more than a decade for their widespread adoption. Whereas ChatGPT broke into the market this past year and set off a firestorm and created a free for all in the market and development space. So while we are seeing companies actively petition for some government oversight, what we aren't seeing is those very same companies exhibiting a measure of self control!


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Friday, June 30, 2023

The AI Take Over Has Begun! A New HR Revolution

As someone that has always stayed updated on the newest technology and how it it utilized it isn't surprising me to see the rapid adoption of AI. How and where it is being adopted is though. AI for marketing, fundamental chats and communications, and remedial tasks. That I fully understand. AI as an augmentation to other certain task, again I see that.

AI doing screenings, employee assessments and virtual interviews. I'm not sure about. That seems to hands off for me. Basic CSR, yeah I get because most questions are repetitive. Hands on customer retention is entire different and I'm not sure with AI that happens!

I bring this up only because I just drop a resume and I was asked to opt in/out of it being reviewed by AI. Granted I've worked on that side of things and fully understand that has already been happening. It was still an oddity to see that.

So now my question would be:

  • As an employee do you feel put off if you have to be prescreened or only screened by AI?
  • Do you feel a company isn't going to take you personally into account with just machine learning judging you?
  • Do you think that company is going to treat your resume or prescreening the same because of AI?

Many people think the application and interview process is tedious and intimidating already. AI and the none 'personal' interaction might help those of us that aren't the best at interviews. Many companies use outside hiring agencies or offsite HR. So you aren't being hired by them, but for them. So that cancels some of the in-person element out as well.

For me I'd hope there is some sort of balance. My own (or any) resume shouldn't be treated as an SEO page that only hits on the keywords that triggers the best AI response. It should been seen with merit and function.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Create and Post Instagram Reels From Your PC

If like me you aren't always happy having to create and post Instagram reels from your phone I have a new way (new for some that is) that will allow you to quikly andd easily do it from your PC or laptop. Some of you may or may not have heard of BlueStacks. BlueStacks App Player is a simple tool that allows you to was run Android applications on computers running Microsoft Windows or macOS. 

With BlueStacks you download and run the app player, install the traditional verssion of the Instagram App grom the Google Play Store and run things just like you woould from your phone. You can drag and drop videos and pictures from your dekstop. Even add your text, audio or stickers just like you would normally do on your phone. 

I'm working on a quick how to and tutorial from more info. For now though I recommened trying it out and posting any questions in the comments below!