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A highlight from S13 E16: Oliver: Writer, Producer, and Novelist Spotlight
"Hello, welcome to The Loney Show. I'm your host, John Mayolone. In this episode, don't have regulars, because raisins, as always, unfortunately. As for our guest, he's from Portland, Oregon, currently living in Los Angeles, California, and he is a film producer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Oliver Tutill Jr. Well, thank you, Peter. It's actually Ted Hill Jr. But thanks for having me on your show. I'm excited to be here. Anytime. So, how's life? It's good. It's really exciting. I love the film business. I've been in the business for quite a while. And it's very exciting meeting different people, talking to different producers, actors, filmmakers, editors, composers, business financing. It's all very exciting. You meet a lot of very interesting people that are very involved in their work and are very creative. Ah, very good. And have you been up to much recently? Yeah, we've been pretty busy. My company's name is Cinema Development and Writing Services. And my business partner is Tara Walker. And what we do is, when we started out, we've had our business about a year now. And anybody that's curious, they can just go to cinema wds .com. That's our website. And what we do is, we work with novelists, and we adapt their novels into screenplays. And then once we've adapted them into screenplays, we've been asked by our clients to, well, can you place this with Hollywood companies? And we said, well, yeah, we probably can, you know, we weren't doing that. We're primarily focused on writing, but we started packaging, which means that we started putting together like a deck of electronic brochure that shows the actors we thought might be good for the role, and what the director is. And then we present it to different production companies, different producers and finance companies in Los Angeles, and sometimes in New York as well. Okay, very nice. And what inspired you to start all that? Well, I think I started out in the business, and so did Tara, we were both actors. And we enjoyed that. But it's, it's very, very tough. Getting regular work as an actor, you go through good times, and then there's these long stretches where you don't have much work. And so we said, Well, how can we get more involved in business? And so we both decided, well, why don't we become producers? So Tara started her own production company years ago called Alpenfest films. And then I started, I started out making a production company called Autumn Tree Productions, where I, at that time, this was in the late 1980s, I pretty much focused on making educational films, and actually was pretty much on emotional child abuse. And I did that for 10 years, I had a lot of success. A lot of my films, educational films are used in universities and colleges and many institutions. And after doing that for 10 years, I wanted to segue over into doing commercial motion pictures and, and documentaries. So I started a company called Bluewood films. And under that name under that company, I produced quite a few films and documentaries and pleased to say that some of them are on streaming platforms now where people can can see them. I just have my newest release was just last month. It's called Crazy Horse of Life, featuring Russell Means, the late Nakoda actor who did very well. Right, then. Very good. And have you ever considered like, releasing any of your work on an international level? Yes, I mean, Crazy Horse of Life is available internationally. They can definitely time to be TV so anybody can go to to be TV and anywheres in the world basically and watch it for free. It's ad supported. And then we've got another film called the right to bear arms, which is a dramatic crime feature starring john savage. And that's available on Amazon Prime and Amazon freebie and also on to be TV. And we've got another film that's distributed internationally. It's also on to be TV. It's called the Loch Ness Monster of Seattle and it features Graham Green, the Academy Award nominated actor from Dances with Wolves. It's been doing very well. My distributor is very pleased. He just sent me a letter the other day and he said how happy is that how well it's doing. So those those three films are available now. We've got new ones that are going to be coming out later this year. We're excited about. Wow, fantastic. So where would you see yourself 20 years from now? Well, that's a good question. And 20 years is a long time. But I would say in 20 years, I'd probably see myself and Tara, my business partner, our own company now, but probably producing eight to 12 motion pictures a year. Also, I'm a composer too. So I probably, I haven't been doing my composing recently, but I've, I've scored a lot of motion pictures and documentaries. And it's a matter of fact, Crazy Horse of Life. The score I did that score and I did actually I wrote the score years ago, but it's used in this big feature now and I scored the movie right to bear arms as well. So but 20 years, I want to still be producing movies and helping actors and helping create jobs for people that work in the industry. You badly because they can't get work. Yes, of course. So I want to provide jobs for people. And also, I'm a novelist as well. And I hope to have a few more novels released. I just had my first novel released by awesome Achilles publishers, which is their home offices in London. So it's definitely an international release. And it's called when the sunlight goes down, goes dark, excuse me, when the sunlight goes dark. And it's about a young, young boxer living in Los Angeles, who has to deal with unscrupulous promoters. And one of the one of the supporting characters in the book is a man from England who who wins one of the heavyweight titles. It's also a book that it also covers worker exploitation, family dysfunction, spousal Okay, fantastic. Yeah, let me just mention, Peter, that people can look at it to go to the website for the book. It's when the sunlight goes dark .com. That's the website for the book. And it's also available on amazon .com and Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, any bookstore, you go into any reputable bookstore, and they can order it for you. All right, then very good. So in terms of your written work, besides what, besides the novels you've just written, are there any more novels you're yet to write or have released? I do have one novel. It's called primordial division. I'm searching for the right agent to rep it. It's kind of a crime horror novel. It's also set in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. And it's about a woman who has the ability to see the future. She's kind of one of these mind readers and the kid, the male protagonist is able to, he's got the power of telepathy. Very good. And it's set in the context of the entertainment industry. Oh, nice, nice. What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without any preparation? I'm sorry, say that again, Peter, a 14. What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without any preparation? Oh, a 40 minute presentation? I could give it on, definitely, I could probably give it on, I made educational films for 10 years. So I could do on an education, I could do one on the film business. They cover all the aspects of the film business from development to pre production to production to post production, exhibition and distribution. I could do that for you. I've been in the music business since I was a kid. So probably give you a one on that as well. So, okay, very good. What which recent news story have you found most interesting? That's a really great question. The recent most recent news story that I found the most interesting probably would be what's going on with our climate and what's happening to the earth in regards to the climate crisis that's happening in the world today. That's that's one of them, I guess I know it's a big topic, but it definitely stands out. I'm also fascinated by what's going on in American politics today, who's running for president and what's going on in Congress in the Senate. And I'm also very concerned with the state of our country, you know, and how divided people are and how unhappy so many people are. Yeah, absolutely. I was gonna also say to my friends who are very struggling because they have kids, and it's hard for them to get daycare for the kids. So I have one friend, she had to give up work because she, she couldn't afford to hire a babysitter or a nanny or daycare. So yeah, she had to give up her job. Oh, no, that's just sad. Very sad, very sad, the income inequality in this, in the United States. I'm not an expert in your country, but in the United States, it's very sad to see so many people that are divided by class. Wow, I thought the UK was bad. I didn't know that the US has got bigger problems given its size. Yeah, there's a lot of problems. Definitely. We've seen the erosion of the middle class here. You know, it's been kind of disappearing for years. And the income inequality that exists in this country, it's pretty bad. And as well as you know, there was a, I was watching, I was watching News Nation the other night and the big story presented by Chris Cuomo, who's an interesting newscaster, whose brother to his brother to the former governor. And he his top story was these kids that these babies, basically, the toddlers and daycare that died from fentanyl overdoses. And he's all over that. And I'm thinking, yeah, that's, that's tragic. But a lot of people don't want to address what's happening kids into this country, they have many kids suffer from abuse, and how they it's very difficult for them to thrive and survive become and constructive citizens. That that puts something into the country that helps it grow more. Yeah, absolutely. You know, I can share one thing with you, I used to be a teacher. And I taught drama at a film school and a college, as well as film production. And I had a class, this is in Seattle, Washington. And I had a class where I had a quite quite a number of kids that were African American. And I'll never forget this, Peter, because like, they would come to class, sometimes the girls would be crying and go, what's wrong? She go, Well, Joey got killed last night. He said, What are you talking about? She goes, Yeah, Joey, you know, he got on the top of he got on the roof of Dan's car and Dan shot him to death. I said, Oh, you don't read about that in the paper. And then then another day, a girl came into class, she was weeping. I said, What's the matter? And she's when my sister was killed last night. I said, Well, what happened? She said somebody shot to her living room window, and she was killed. You don't read about it in newspaper. Just people don't know about that. Exactly. Yes, indeed. It's the media these days, they only want to show what they really want to show. They don't show the important stuff that goes on like poverty, financial crisis or things that impact a lot of people in this world. Absolutely correct. Yes, you're right, Peter. They don't know it's funny, funny because Chris, it's not funny, but I found it interesting. Chris Como mentioned one night on his show on news nation, he, he mentioned that people don't want to talk about class warfare in this country, you know, what's going on between the classes between the wealthy and the poor, or the struggling lower middle class, you get an idea of it. And now with all the strikes that are going on, you get the writers Guild of America on strike. You've got the screen actors Guild that's going on strike. Now you've got the United Auto Workers going on strike, and it's getting bigger, that strikes growing. And if that strike goes all out, it's going to, it's going to play havoc on the economy here. Yeah, absolutely. What do you disagree with most frequently? What do I disagree with most frequently? Probably people that say everything's going to be great. You know, you just have to hang in there. And also, I find myself disagreeing a lot with financial advisors who say, just, you know, keep it where it is, you know, don't sell, just stay steady, keep your bonds, 40 % bonds or 60 % bonds, 40 % stock or 40 % bonds, 60 % stock. I disagree a lot with financial advisors. Not that I'm an expert in finance, but I'm fascinated by it. I read about it. Absolutely. How much time do you spend on the internet? How much time do I spend on the internet? A fair amount, because I do a lot of research on the internet. And while I'm something to do research on something particular, then then you find, wait a minute, I've got to have to research this more. Then you find yourself going to another page, finding more things to read about. And then you realize you're going to be searching even more on the internet. So and to be honest with you, I spend so much time on the internet as it is on zoom calls. I'm tired of looking at the internet. I prefer reading books. So I read a lot of books. But I've got to use the internet a lot to do research. You know, especially I work with a lot of people that I've got to find out what their background is, you know, in the film business, and the financial business. So I do spend an enormous amount of time on the internet. I imagine you, you do yourself, I'm sure. Oh, yeah, absolutely. Hours upon hours. Yeah, it's a it's a necessity. It's a necessity today without a without a cell phone or computer. It'd be very difficult to survive. I do know some folks in their 70s and 80s. They don't use computers, they don't use cell phones. I do know one young guy who doesn't use a cell phone, but that's very unusual. But it's very hard to survive. I couldn't stay in business if I couldn't use a computer and cell phone. Oh, yes. Sure. It's the same for you. Yeah, of course. The internet is such a necessity. It's part of our lives, in a way. Absolutely. Yes. It is. It's built in. And you read about these kids, you know, they get addicted to their cell phones and computers. And there's so many psychologists that predict they're gonna have trouble with their personal relationships in looking at a screen. They don't spend time in person a lot. I don't know how that'll play out, but it makes sense in a lot of ways. What a world filled with clones of you, what would a world populated by clones of you be like, a world populated by I'm sorry, what what would a world populated by clones of you be like? You mean point of view? And a world populated by clones of you? What would it be like? Oh, clones of me? Yes. Okay, what would I think it would probably be a pretty peaceful world. To be honest, I don't think there'd be any wars, I think war would end. I think children would, we'd set up some type of educational system and change some values in the government in the country so that kids don't get abused, that parents are afforded the education and the training, starting in high school. Probably actually, I take that back, starting in grammar school. How to parent, how to treat other human beings, learning about themselves, becoming self intelligent, learning emotional intelligence, understanding their emotions. And growing up to be citizens that are productive and have empathy for other people. And if this happened, we could, I believe we could end this may sound naive, but I do think we could end poverty in this country. But there's no will to do that. There's no will to help kids because children can't vote. And they're not members of political action committee. So I would, I would make sure that their political action committee is available for children. I would allow children at a certain age if they can show that they have some knowledge about the political system, to have a say in voting, to see who represents them. And I believe with education, and with treating people well, with respect and compassion, having people trained for the type of work that they want to do, that poverty could could be eliminated. And so there are a lot of clones to me, there would be no more wars. And there would be a lot less suffering in the world. Yeah, that sounds that sounds like a very good reason. Thank you. Welcome. What's Education is the key. Education is the key and law. The merging of law and education. And again, unfortunately, the people in power, the bureaucrats and politicians don't have the will or the desire to bring about the needed changes. Yeah, it's so sad. What is your favorite quote? Yes. And probably, I guess it's a quote that is on my mind a lot now, because it's a quote I used to open my novel when the sunlight goes dark about the boxing family in Los Angeles, and the quote is, Oh, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, that I am so meek and gentle with these butchers. And it originally that quote is taken from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar when Mark Anthony is standing over the dead body of Julius Caesar and Caesar has been assassinated. by members of the Senate. And he's bemoaning the fact that he's so meek and gentle with these butchers because he's kind of going along with them at the time. And it's just a quote that just stands out to me because I've used it in my book because I my books about worker exploitation in one way because a lot of these boxers are exploited. And a lot of them end up in not very good shape. Because people aren't looking out for him. So I guess for today, that's my favorite quote. I mean, I have others too. But I guess for today, that's the one that would be my favorite. All right. Very good. And I could you could use that metaphorically, too. I mean, the sense that, you know, Oh, pardon me, you know, why aren't the people that are running the government trying to help the people? Yes, that's a very good question. I'm sure you've run into very similar situations in England. Oh, yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. All the time. What's improved your wife quality so much? You wish you did it sooner? I'm sorry, Peter, you have to say that one more time. All right. What improved your life quality so much? You wish you did it sooner? well, Oh, I would I would say I spent a lot of time in therapy. I came from a very dysfunctional family. I suffered a lot of abuse, I was put into a private boarding school where kids got regularly beaten very badly. One of the lucky ones, really, I never suffered any permanent physical injury. But I think if I hadn't gone into therapy, and I was in therapy for decades, I'd say that probably the key to my being a functioning productive adult today, that in a book I read, called compassion and self hate, written by Theodore Isaac Rubin, that book changed my life. I never thought a book could change my life, but that one did. Yeah, of course. That and of course, if you're going to be successful, you have to you have to work hard, you have to know where to put your effort, you have to work hard and you have to think smart. I mean, that old saying about if you work hard, everything will fall into place is not necessarily true. I've known, I've had guy friends that have worked hard all their lives, and they've got nothing. Yeah, absolutely. So you got to work smart, as well as hard. Yes. But the more success you realize, it just adds to your happiness and your fulfillment. Yeah, of course. But people need the basic necessities have to be taken care of. You got to have clothes, you got to have proper shelter, you got to have decent physical health. I don't think I've ever met anyone that's happy if they haven't had good physical health. Yeah, of course. How did you spend your last birthday? Well, my last birthday, I had dinner with my business partner and my best friend, Tara Walker. We went to a really nice restaurant down on the beach, had a great dinner. And then went home and watched a really great movie. And it was a great day. And you know, I talked to a lot of friends and family too. I got a lot of calls. Okay. That's cool. It was fun. Oh, yes. It was quite a time. Yeah. You like birthdays? Yeah, I like birthdays. It's pretty cool, I guess. It's funny. I was just reading about Jimmy Carter, you know, the former President of the United States who is a president. And he's going to be turning 99 here in a couple days. And someone called him up, one of his family members said, I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. And he said, that's, that's not real good. I'm not really excited about this birthday. I didn't know you even make this far in his life. Yeah, he's going to be 99 years old. And you know, he's been in hospice for seven months. Everyone thought he was going to pass in about two or three weeks and he's still going. Madness. Amazing man. Absolutely. We could use a young Jimmy Carter today. That's for sure. Uh huh. Yeah. That'll be something. It would be. Yeah. Yeah. What's the best way to start the morning? The best way to start the morning is to eat a good breakfast. I know so many people that don't eat breakfast. They have health problems, they're overweight. And I don't mean starting breakfast, you know, eating junk food. You gotta eat something healthy for you. Eat something healthy. Write down the things you need to do today if you have to make a list. Yeah, it helps me a lot before I go to bed to write it to do this. So when I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what I got to do. And I got to feel the body first. You got to take care of the body. I have a friend of mine who's, he had a stroke and he's in the hospital now. He can't barely move. And, you know, he, he didn't have the right diet and he's still a fairly young man. It's very tragic. So feel the body and feed it well. Yeah, absolutely. I'm sure you know, because I could tell you put a lot of hours on your show. Oh yeah. It's, it's quite a process, but it's definitely worth it. Yeah, it's enjoyable. Yeah, sure is. If you could travel back in time, what would decade you want to live in? There's so many decades I would love to live in. There's so many centuries I'd love to live in. It's really hard to pick one, but if I had to pick one, I'd probably say the early 1960s. Sixties? That's pretty cool. Yeah, that's when Muhammad Ali came on the scene and that's when the Beatles came on the scene. To me, that's, I think we'll never see the likes of the Beatles or Muhammad Ali again. Yeah. So one of a kind, they always say. Yeah, but I, believe me, Peter, I'd love to live, I could go back to ancient Rome and be fascinated. Of course, your life expectancy wasn't very long. Oh yeah. Cause Sanitary wasn't up there and the advancement technologies got in the way. Yeah. Everything's like, ugh. I would love to live the life of a Plains Indian in 1840. I think that would be fascinating. It's freedom that people can barely conceive of today. And what a great, got the kids, Indian children back in those days, man, talk about having a great childhood. Yeah, absolutely. And that is all we have for this episode. It was great having you on Oliver talking about your works. You're welcome. And until next time, stay tuned for more.
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A highlight from Upstream Works transforms United Airlines passenger, agent CX and EX, Podcast
"This is Doug Green and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller and I'm very pleased to have with us today Rob McDougall who is the CEO of Upstream Works. Rob, thank you for joining us today. Hey, great to be here, Doug. Good to talk with you again. Well, this is really exciting. I've been enjoying talking with you just before we started our podcast about what's going on in the AR market. And you know, what's exciting to me is we've been doing a series of podcasts the last few weeks where folks have been coming forward and talking about how they've made AI a practical tool for a company or for an organization or for maybe an entire industry. So we're going to be talking about an exciting story today about how Upstream Works has changed United Airlines and also about the idea of operationalizing AI. So we're going to be talking about those topics in a second, but for people that don't know Rob Upstream Works well or maybe know a little bit about you guys, what is Upstream Works? Upstream Works is a software application company. We focus on the agent experience and we provide an agent desktop application that's designed to run either on premise or in cloud so that your infrastructure doesn't matter. Our goal is to make sure that your agents have a consistent interface that they can work with across platforms, across applications, across channels. And these days we've been using the term EX. So what you're doing, it feeds right into that employee experience. Absolutely. We call it AX because we're focused on agents, but that's what it's all about. A happy agent is going to give a better service. We believe that that smile on the agent's face comes across the phone. It's a tough job. It's a tough market. You know, you can't find enough people to do that job today, so you want to keep those employees happy and they're the face of your company to the world. So with that in mind, you have actually taken AI and you're doing something called operationalizing AI. Sorry, that didn't come out so smoothly. So what is operationalizing AI? First, it's a tough word to say. I will give you that. Look at it this way. If I was to ask you, Doug, to go to my office, go to my computer, log in and add yourself into my CRM system or billing system, you wouldn't know what you had to do. You understand my ask, but you don't know where my office is. You don't know how to get into my computer. You don't know what my CRM or HR systems are. You don't know how they work. AI is the same thing. Even with the new generative AI model, is it really good at understanding? I know what the guy's asking, but I don't know how to do it. Operationalizing AI means doing that connectivity between what the AI can do and making it do something actually for your business. So integrating it into your backend systems, providing an interface that an agent can use to view things easily, using it to provide other business value like routing or translations, but making it actually work properly in your complex in silo the contact center. So this is really interesting because what you're telling me is it simplifies things. Well, tremendously. What we saw back in the early days of chat and email is a lot of people would put in chat and email, but they were discreet channels. They didn't integrate with the contact center. It was a bad experience for customers. You had to have specialized agents who got different training because the desktop interfaces were different. The tools were different. Omnichannel has now taken us into a realm where an agent can deal with sort of one set of tools across the different channels, but then you start throwing AI into the mix and it comes up in a different place. So you put in AI and it's got its own interface. So I need special agents to do something over here, or it doesn't actually integrate with the other tools that I have in the contact center. So I've got to make all that stuff work together. And this is what Upstreamworks has been doing for 23 years is being the spider in the middle of the web and taking the applications that are important for your business and help you make those work for the business and for the agents to make their life easier. So it's interesting that you're using a new thing to basically follow your brand story, which has what you're describing sounds like what Upstream is all about. Absolutely. We focus on enterprise contact centers. We don't go for the small contact center. And the reason we focus there is because large enterprises, when they deal with products, what they want is something that's shrink wrapped in out of the box, like Word, and they just put in the disk and it all works, but it's got to work exactly the way they work. And that doesn't exist. So what we have always done is we built a product that is designed to provide all the features out of the box, but have all the configurability and integratability such that I can integrate it into the workflows that the company has and make those work properly in an enterprise environment. And AI is no different. You could look at a manufacturer who's going to say, oh, we'll put in our product and here's our AI. And the company says, well, that's nice, but we use this other AI. That's where Upstream works comes in. And they may use Amazon AI for translations, and they may use Google AI to search their knowledge base, and they use Watson to look up their medical information. They may have different AI applications. Our goal is to make them all work and make it seamless to the agent. So the agent doesn't know there's different AIs happening. It's just there's stuff that shows up and stuff happens. And I'd love to hear a little bit about your product line and offerings right now, but maybe you could tell me that in the context of where you're offering this operationalizing AI service. Well, it comes as an actual part of our product, right? It's right there. It's right there. So one of the components is a desktop component called Virtual Agent Portal. And we spent a lot of time kind of working through what to name this, because we didn't want people to start thinking we're providing AI to them, because we're not an AI provider. But what Virtual Agent Portal allows you to do, it's a kind of an open placeholder, so that if I need to interact between an agent and an AI on the desktop, it can go into Virtual Agent Portal. And I can do things like I can try Amazon, or I could switch it out for Google, because maybe I get a better price. The agent doesn't see the difference. I don't need to retrain them. I'm using a certain AI, and I put in a different training model, and I want to do some A -B testing to see which one's giving me better results. The agent won't see the difference. Virtual Agent Portal handles all that in the background and feeds the information back to management to say, okay, yeah, the new changes are working, so we're going to now use that AI. But it's all about making it transparent to the agent, so they're focused on the customer and my understanding is that with all this, you guys have now developed and are operating with a very big customer. Yeah, somebody we've been having a lot of fun with over the summer is United Airlines. So they're a big Cisco shop. They've got Cisco UCCE. They've got Cisco Webex. And they had this concept that they called Agent on Demand. And what they wanted to be able to do was to provide airline -side services to customers remotely. And with Webex and the Cisco Contact Center product, those things didn't work together. So Cisco brought in Upstream Works, and so we're kind of the glue between all this. So now what happens at United Airlines is, and if you're traveling and you're at United, look around because you're going to see QR codes all over the place. You can shoot the QR code with your phone, and you will get hooked up with a live video call with the United Gate agent. So it's for doing airline -side things. So can't buy my baggage. I got to go change my flight. I want to change my seat. You know, all the stuff that you could go up to the gate to do, there's a big lineup, or you're in the United Club having a drink and you want to do this, you can now do this on your phone remotely. From a customer experience point of view, it's an awesome thing. But what's even better about it is think about gate agents. These are the people who are standing at the gate and they're doing stuff and then you board your flight and then they go back in the back room and they sit around until their next flight. Well, now what they do is they go back in the back room and United has little, I'll call them informal contact centers in every airport. Gate agents leave their post, they go back and they get on the phone and they start dealing with other customers from all over the world. So from United's point of view, they're now getting much better utilization of their staff and they're assisting people at any airport where there's United Airlines. And from the customer's point of view, they just know that, hey, I want to change my seat and I can do it on my phone and talk to a person to do it. So it's a win for the customers and it's an absolute win for United as well because now, you know, I don't have to line up to do this stuff and I can better utilize my agents. It just occurred to me that it's liberating for both sides of that equation. In other words, as you were mentioning from the customer point of view, now I don't have to stand even, you know, it was used to be a problem. I have to find the right line to stand in. That is, you know, we've all had that experience. I can just click on one of these wherever I am in the airport and get help. Yeah, absolutely. You hit the QR code and it's going to ask for your flight number. So you put your flight number in and your passenger name, and then you're going to get to the right person to talk about the right stuff. It doesn't matter what line you're going to get in because it's skills routed to the right person. Wow. And that also means that remote, to your point, remote agents, whether they're at an informal contact center, a little mini one in the back office there behind the gate, or maybe just as in a more, it may be out of a home even, right there, there is help now, you know, late at night, maybe there's no one at the little airport in a smaller center, which United does fly in and out of, maybe you're just talking to someone somewhere else. That smaller center, you could talk to an agent at home, but you could also be talking to an agent who's on shift at O 'Hare in between flights. Right. So that's really, that really is an amazing step forward. And it really, it leverages all the technologies already in place. Yeah. And then, and then they went further because they said, you know what we, cause you can, you can escalate between voice video and chat on the application. You don't have to do video call. You can also just chat with the agent as well. But they've also got translations. So they're using, I believe it's Amazon for doing, there's Google, sorry, they're using Google to do translations, but now I can go on, I can click that QR code, say I'm Spanish. I can type in in Spanish, what the agent sees is coming up in English and they answer in English and the person gets it back in Spanish. And this is a great use of generative AI because that's, I will say a year ago, when you showed translations in a demo, it was anyone spoke the language went, yeah, that doesn't really work. The language was stilted generative AI has, has changed the game on translations because generative AI can translate really well. So that's a very excellent use case for it. This is very exciting because it sort of opens up so many doors that, you know, the, the agent might be in Berlin, the, the, the other, the passenger might be in Mexico city and they're able to talk to each other in their own languages. Yep. And you can do it across industry as well. Think about, you know, you as a person, you go to a drug store and you need to consult with a doctor and they've got a nurse practitioner there who can triage. And then click a QR code and get a video conference going with a doctor who may be at a central site. Now I'm sitting, having a conversation with a medical professional via video that's been queued up. And, you know, on the doctor's side, he's between patients, he logs onto the system and he just starts taking some calls and he can deal with patients. And now I don't have to have doctors everywhere. I can centralize them and I put nurse practitioners around. So there's a lot of healthcare uses for the same type of application. Hey Rob, let's stay with that a second, but in both cases, because, um, do you, do you, I'm going to use maybe the wrong term, but is there a continuity on each case? In other words, let's say, um, I opened up a conversation as a United customer or as a, as a patient and it's concluded, but now I have the same problem maybe four hours later. Will the next person who helps me know about my last conversation? Well, we captured the interaction history of every interaction that happens. So the answer, the quick answer is yes. Um, as a, as an agent or a doctor or a gate agent, uh, you can go back and review the previous recording, um, or the transcript of what's going on, or again, another great use of generative AI. You could also get a summary delivered back to you of what had gone on on that previous call, but that whole contact history is tracked. So every single time Doug Green contacts, they're going to be able to say Doug Green always contacts us and says, we screwed his seat up. He does this every single flight. So maybe he's just pulling our leg. So, you know, it works both ways. And that's really amazing because that's the type of information, you know, old school that, you know, there would be someone around who knew some other people and would say, yeah, look at Doug. And this is, he does that all the time. Here's how to handle it. Now we're able to do this on a, on a, and that must make agent life or the doctor life, whoever's receiving the contact a little bit easier, right? They've, they've got that contextual and historical information. Yeah. We've always believed, I was talking about the elephant never forgets. And I've always believed that as a person contacting a business, there are certain things that I know the business should know those things as well. Most importantly, I know that I called last Thursday about the same thing. The business should know that the agent who picks up my call, this is, you know, this is video or just a voice call, but the agent should know that as well. And that's the important part of interaction history. So regardless of the channel you come in on, the agent has access to that information and they can see what that context is. Cause that's all important to them providing you good service. Rob, you know, I know it's early days and, and, but you know, this was an historic summer for travel. So United you've already flown, if you will, through a challenging time. What's the reaction, what's United telling you and what are customers saying what's happening? Uh, United loves it. Um, all of the airlines are aware of it and are looking and, and want to understand how they've done it. Um, we're getting a lot of inbound, uh, requests coming in from basically all the major airline carriers from very senior people. Um, I think over the Labor Day weekend, it was something like, I don't know, 2 .3 or 2 .8 million passengers went through Chicago O 'Hare airport, uh, and NBC news and Chicago did a section on United and all the travelers and right in the middle of it is, and they have this agent on demand application and they show here's a phone talking to an agent. That's the upstream application right there, which was very cool. So Rob, you know, uh, with this, this, uh, work you're doing with United, I understand they turned to you because they were able to find you as a reliable source for this. So original the agent on demand idea, uh, came from United. Um, and they, they did a proof of concept to say, okay, it kind of works, but it wasn't robust enough for sort of the enterprise you will. Um, and they turned to Cisco who was sort of their trusted communications provider and said, can you do this? And Cisco looked into it and they came back and said, no, we can't get all the bits and pieces, but we can't make them work together. And then somebody inside Cisco who knew upstream, wasn't talk to upstream. And so Cisco came to us and we said, yeah, of course we can do that. So it went back to United said, okay, we have a solution. Um, and we put that into United and they'd been extremely happy with the stability and how well it works. So everything's great. And since then it's, I don't, I mean, maybe it's early to say this, it sounds like it's on its way to becoming an industry standard. Uh, we're getting a ton of inbound interest. People are coming up and saying, you know, we, we, we've heard about the agent on demand. We want to know how it works and how you do it. And, and now we find out that upstream works is kind of the key enabler here. So, yeah, we're getting a lot of inbound demand on it, which is great. Well, uh, I wanted to, uh, conclude our podcast with just about how we can get a hold of products from upstream works. I understand that you're a channel oriented company. So do you have a channel pro program? We have a channel program. Uh, we do not sell directly at all. Uh, we have distribution channels, uh, throughout, uh, Canada, the U S and Europe. Um, we're available, um, on the Amazon platform, we're available on the Cisco platforms. Um, and we are expanding our market. So if there's, you know, if you're one of our resellers, uh, you know, you, you can, you can get at this. Um, if you're new to us and you want to talk with us, you've got some opportunities you want to discuss. Uh, we do have a channel program. We're really easy to deal with. Um, basically we can sign you up and then we'll do all the heavy lifting and until such time as you want to take on as much of the sales training and implementation training as you want to based on your business needs. Sounds like a great way for a channel partner right now or an MSP to win with AI. Absolutely. Absolutely. Well, this is an exciting, ongoing story, Rob. I really hope that we get to do an additional podcast, maybe just about the United application, if you will, or, or that the, what you're doing there and in healthcare and maybe some other industries, learn some more news and do some stuff in the future. But for now, I want to thank you for joining us. Where can we learn more about upstream works? www .upstreamworks .com. Well, I hope everyone takes a visit and takes a second look, but for now, thanks very much for joining me today. Thank you, Doug. It's been really fun.
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A highlight from Who Is Deezy?
"What's up everybody, and welcome to another Saturday edition of the Alpha series here on Discover Crypto. I'm excited to sit down with Deezy, Mr. Nick Valdez, and talk about who he is, where he comes from, what he's all about, because I have no idea, and I'm sure a lot of you are wondering, why the hell is he hosting Discover Crypto? What's he all about? Does he even know anything about crypto? Well, let's dig into it. Deezy, how are you feeling? Thank you for being here. And what's your story, man? How are you in this position? Well, how are you talking on my shoulder? Who the hell are you talking to over there? What is going on? Is there hidden cameras in the wall? I don't know what's up. Talking to all of you out there. My name is Deezy, also known Nick Valdez. I'm a former professional Magic the Gathering streamer, whatever that means, not much in my opinion. And I've been in crypto. I've been making crypto content since 2020 briefly, and then I started working for the channel here back early 2021. And so I've been working in crypto full -time a little over two years at this point. I've been in content creation full -time a little over four years at this point. So you got into content creation for crypto in 2020, you said? Well, I started out with Magic the Gathering, but then I made my first piece of crypto content, which is Gods Unchained back in 2020. So does that mean you just got into crypto the day before that, or did you have a little bit of a pathway that got you there? I had a little bit of a pathway. I first discovered crypto from 4chan, actually, from the B board. So this was Bitcoin maybe a year or two old at this point. So fairly soon, I remember seeing some pretty low prices for Bitcoin. I remember my buddy trying to convince me. We worked together at ADT, the home security thing. So you ride around in a van, you leave headquarters, you might have to go to town an hour away. This is early days of smartphone. The web traffic was pretty low back then. The web pages were pretty low. There wasn't really social media networks like there is today. So I remember the text board on B, that's where I started discovering Bitcoin. And my buddy was like, man, we got to start buying some of this. But 4chan was nothing but scammers. And I thought, for sure, if I try to make Bitcoin, I'm going to get scammed. They're going to hack me. They're going to see my driver's license number somehow, my social security number. And it freaked me out being that it was related to that, and so I stayed away. Fast forward about two years, a buddy from high school was telling me about Silk Road and how he bought some ecstasy on it, full disclosure. And he was like, yeah, man, you got to get Bitcoin. I love this website. You can buy anything. And I was like, man, you're crazy. I don't know. This seems nuts. And then shortly thereafter, he lost, or maybe even during that time, he's like, yeah, I had to buy more Bitcoin because I lost Bitcoin on that computer. I remember him just pointing at his computer, and I was like, what do you mean you lost Bitcoin? I kind of had an idea of what it was. He's like, yeah, like I lost the password to my wallet or something. I just remember thinking like, wow, so you can have money in it, and you just lose it super easy, and it's associated with hackers? And so it kept me away from Bitcoin, even though I knew about it early, knew the proposition value of it early, it freaked me out. So that's a great spot to pivot there. That whole time, I'm investing in traditional stocks. And so I'm like, well, my Amazon's doing pretty good, guy. Right. No, but you bring up a great point because it's not just you as an individual. We see right now with all these Bitcoin spot ETFs, we see institutions on the horizon. And that's only because there's some proof of concept that's actually endured over a good period of time now, over a decade, in fact, for Bitcoin. But the question here, it kind of lies in, or the hesitation, I should say, lies in the lack of awareness broadly in both retail and institution. Because let's be honest, the people that are running institutions are people, too. And they are a part of retail. So the awareness factor of Bitcoin over the last 10 years has grown so exponentially. The question is, really, how do we get people from A to B, the genesis of first having the seed planted of hearing about Bitcoin, maybe seeing it on The Simpsons or in all the different media we watch, and then taking the leap to investigate it a little bit, and then taking that third step to actually get involved. So to get there, we need awareness. So I'm curious with you, where you came from, how old were you? What was your process like? At what point in life did you understand that there was a different value to money or currency than you were brought up, that change? When did that change happen? I learned that I was poor in second grade. I remember learning that. I grew up real poor. I grew up with a single mother. I could get into how, I don't want to say bad, it truly was, but things weren't easy. There's a period my mother was locked up. My father was put in jail, put under the concrete months after I was born. I never saw him. I saw him two, three times when I was 13. I haven't seen him since, and I never saw him before that. I haven't talked to him since, really. And so I grew up just very, very poor. But when you're five, you don't know you're poor. When you're six, you don't know you're poor. It takes a certain level. And I remember my mother dating Robbie Cumberland. He was a big jerk, man, really, really big jerk, abusive, not a fun time. But his daughter, I remember saying, oh, well, there's other people, they're more poor than us. And I learned the term middle -class. I didn't know what middle -class was. That's when I started seeing, as a seven -year -old, oh, there's hierarchies. There's social strata. There's social strata, and I'm down here. And then I don't know when it was, but at a certain point, you realize, I don't want to be down here. I want to be up here. So I remember pretty early, single digits age, you know, you're blowing the birthday cake. You're not supposed to say your wish is not going to come true. I remember just wishing, I want to be a millionaire. I want to be a millionaire. I was tired of being poor. And so I pretty quickly learned the value of money scrounging for lunch money in middle school. You know, like, maybe I would have an issue trying to get lunch money from my mother. I'm scrounging the quarters and the dimes and the couch cushions. While in high school, you know, I was pushed to work pretty early to help, to help. You know, a lot of people, they don't have that experience. You know, it's the opposite. Their parents encourage them to work at the same time, giving them money, paying for their car, paying for their cell phone, and then having them, oh, yeah, you need to learn the value of a dollar and make extra money on top of that. I was working and paying for my own school clothes. I was working, paying for my own school lunch. And so I learned the value of hard work and I learned the value of a dollar while being a high school student. And so that definitely gave me an advantage. Being poor, you know, statistically speaking, probably not an advantage. Your education is probably not going to be as good. Your influences are probably not going to be as good. Your home life is probably not going to be as good. But you do get an advantage with some aspects of mentality. And, you know, I just try to focus, you know, let's hone the positives from that and let's sharpen it and let's use it as a weapon to create financial independence. Yeah, I mean, what an interesting story there. And that's one of those things that all of us need to remember when we're talking to anybody, whether you're sitting in line at the bank or maybe not the bank because maybe you're walking down the street talking to a homeless person or a friend that you've never went deep with. Everybody has a story. Everybody comes from somewhere and there's depth there that we can truly connect on if we understand, even if somebody is being difficult to deal with or there's compassion and love there that we can engage with, right? And we can understand people better if we know that we all have a story. So you mentioned all this about your understanding of the lack of value proposition of the dollar and what it means to have money and the true value of money, I should say. But where did that value proposition that you mentioned of Bitcoin, when did that flip the switch in you that rather than you were just aware of it, that you actively said you pulled the trigger to do the first action transaction or purchase or something engaging with it? So it was almost going to be 2017. You know, that's when Bitcoin really started to go on its first major mainstream tear where, you know, started really getting people's attention. And I remember pretty early in the year. So, you know, well before December, well before October. So I don't know what level we're at, well below 10K. I remember it hitting headlines. And then that's when I decided to, you know what, it's time to do some education here. I, you know, probably like a lot of people in crypto, once you become fascinated about something, you want a deep dive on it. You want to go full blown, artisanal on it. And so that's a little bit of an aspect of what I did for Bitcoin there. And I remember looking into it and it was Reddit. It was Reddit of all places that I learned about the four -year cycle. So I saw about the four -year cycle pretty early because at that point, we did have a little bit of a spike in 2011 and then a spike in 2013. And then we're starting to spike in 2017. And then once we hit a new all -time high, then that four -year cycle really starts to look pretty clear. And you're like, oh, wow, we're setting up for a repeat of history here. And a lot of smart people were saying, oh, the having Bitcoin will go down. And I remember they're saying, guys, you idiots, 2K is the top. Guys, I know we hit 3K, but surely 4K is the top. And so pretty early in 2017, I just remember thinking, oh, this thing is going to reverse anytime now. It's going to reverse anytime now. It's going to reverse, it's going to reverse, reverse, reverse, because, you know, you see you're like, oh, I could buy this at 3K, should I? No, man, it's going to reverse. And then you go forward a few weeks and it's 5K and you feel like an idiot. You're like, well, I'm definitely not going to buy it now. So during this period, I'm watching it climb and I start doing some research. And pretty early, I got the mentality where I have to wait for it to retrace. It will have what they call a crypto winter. I start learning more about the four -year cycle, and that's exactly what I did. I didn't buy any Bitcoin or any crypto in 2017, I waited till 2018, and then I started buying. I looked, I think the first Bitcoin I bought was from the retracement down to 10, and I think I bought as soon as it got near 10. I remember thinking, oh, it's near 10. Now is when I start buying, and then it went to five, then it went to three, you know, so it kept going lower and lower and lower. But at the time, I didn't really care. I was like, OK, I finally have exposure. Of course, the first coin I bought when I downloaded Coinbase, oh, I'm going to buy that 10K Bitcoin. Whoa, XRP is how much? I could buy so much for $100 versus Bitcoin and I bought XRP. So that was the journey. That was the journey right there. I mean, I can honestly say that that journey is probably echoed by so many different people. You know, a lot of people and I say this, you know, on BitLab Academy, we're talking about these cycles. Everybody, everybody that's ever traded or invested ever has bought a top of an asset and gotten scared and sold at some point. Also, we've all bought a top and sold a bottom. And at the end of the day, it's all about how do you dive in, be ambitiously curious, dive into, OK, how can I fix my broken strategy? Because clearly that's not how people that made money made money. They figured out, OK, there's other data points I can look at rather than just looking at price. And then similarly, the XRP story, whether it's XRP, Shiba Inu, Dogecoin, Cardano, it doesn't matter. So many people come in and it's going to happen even more this next cycle. We're going to have the most onboarding of new adopters coming into the markets than we've ever had in this next cycle because institutions are coming in, because that aware the price breaking past 70, whatever that happens, that's when the hype cycle, the free press for crypto goes out and people are going to say, I can't afford a $70 ,000 Bitcoin. I'm going to go buy a dollar Cardano. And I'm not saying at all Cardano is a bad project, but people need to be curious about the assets they're investing. And so what would you say, knowing the journey you've had and the different sticking points or hurdles or failures, we've all had failures in this space, what we've learned from it. What would you say to somebody that's just coming in there on the fence about coming in or somebody that's watching as a family member that's asking about it? What's the advice for somebody that's stepping in this space? Very basic. Well, first, let me say coin price does matter per coin, separate from market cap. And this sounds dumb. No, the only thing that counts is market cap. No, there is a thing called like retail adoption rate. And if you download an app and all things being equal, same social, same token, same everything, except one has a million supply, one has a billion supply. People are more likely to buy the coin for a dollar than buy one or a hundred of that coin at a dollar rather than buy 10 % of the thousand dollar coin. Even all things being equal, it's just visually, I don't know if it's a visual thing, I don't know if it's just an ego thing like, yeah, I have a thousand of that thing versus I have 10 % of that thing. It just sounds better. So one, coin price does actually matter when it comes to whether or not retail is going to buy it. Might not matter so much for institutional investors, but yeah, that definitely does matter. As far as advice, new people coming in, I don't really like to give people advice of coins outside of top 20, maybe top 30. I'm not not not advice for coins, but more like you're stepping in. Oh, you're stepping in. The first thing you can do is go ahead and sub to Discover Crypto. The second thing you can do is maybe ask yourself, well, why, why am I just trying to get rich? All right, we'll have that be your investment thesis. Do I hate the government printing money? Oh, well, buckle up. You're stuck. You're going to be with us for the rest of your life. I'm sorry. You're a weirdo now. You know, there's going to be different angles. Are you just super into tech? All right, we'll start learning about smart contracts and solidity. So maybe, you know, find out why you would be interested and then that will describe the how or the what.
Fresh update on "amazon" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"WTOP 10 and 40 past the hour brought to you by PenFed. Great rates for everyone. At 11 .40, Jeff Kleebach. Startup EV maker Rivian had record third quarter deliveries, and says it remains on track to produce 52 ,000 vehicles this year. In addition to Rivian's truck and SUV, it also makes delivery vans for Amazon. Rivian's R1T breakup now starts at around $84 ,000. The new iPhone is hot and not in a good way. Apple is issuing a software update to address iPhone 15 buyer complaints running too hot, Apple blames iOS 17 bugs, and a temporary setup period for over -exerting the phones. DC's storied restaurant, The Occidental Grill, which closed during the pandemic, is getting a reboot. The Washington Business Journal says restauranteur Stephen Starr, whose restaurants include a diplomat, will reopen The Occidental next year. The restaurant by the White House was a longtime power lunch destination. The markets are starting the first trading day of the final quarter of the year. Right now, the Dow is down 71 points. The S &P 500 is up a point. The Nasdaq's up 103. Jeff Glabel, WTOP News. Thanks Jeff, 1141. Many employees went searching for greener textures during the pandemic, and employers have been stepping up to try to keep them on the job. They called it the Great Resignation. As the cost of living went up and salaries stayed flat, many in the job market went elsewhere. Now employers are hoping to hang on to employees in what's being called the Big Stay, making retention a priority to keep people happy right where they are. Sure, most want more money, but more and more, employees are simply saying they want feedback and recognition for their hard work. New research from Gallup and WorkHuman finds a connection between recognition and workplace culture. Employees who strongly agree that recognition is important are half as likely to get burned out and seek elsewhere. Ralph Fox, WTOP News. Here's your Jill on Money question of the day. Nora from New Jersey asks, We're in our early 70s and in good health. We have a great mortgage rate. Is there any benefit
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"Interactive brokers' clients earn up to USD 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available cash balances, rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. Thanks for listening to us here at The Big Take. It's a daily podcast from Bloomberg and iHeartRadio. I'm Wes Kosova. Stay with us. Today's top stories and global business headlines are coming up right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is a Bloomberg Money Minute. When FTC chair Lena Khan announced a lawsuit against Amazon this past week, she did not mince words accusing Amazon of unlawful tactics and a coercive scheme, practices that cost you money, anti -discounting tactics, the FTC accusing Amazon of playing games, monopoly, a nice, ruthless, money -hungry family game. But if the FTC proves its case that Amazon is acting like a monopoly, what remains unclear is what will actually happen to Amazon. Terry Haynes of Pangea Policy says he sees no sign that a judge would order a breakup. What this comes down to is suggesting that tweaks would be enough. That's a long way from structural separation. Then again, the complaint does use the term structural relief. In antitrust lingo, that often means breaking up a business. Amazon says what the FTC is looking for would lead to higher prices and would hurt businesses. Michael Isak, Bloomberg Radio.
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A highlight from Where Crypto Has Product-Market Fit (And Where It Doesn't)
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Sunday, October 1st, and that means it's time for Long Read Sunday. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Hello friends, welcome to one of the best months of the year, October. You love to see it. Around here in these crypto parts, we call this October, and I don't know if the price is going to follow that, but I certainly know that the vibes will. Now, it is Long Read Sunday, and this show represents for me not only a chance to bring in the opinions of other people, but also a chance to think a little bit more broadly, a little bit less focused on the news of the day or the week. And so with that in mind, we turn to a piece from Li Jin, one of the co -founders of Variant, that makes an argument about one of the big challenges that faces the industry as it attempts to go more mainstream. I think it's an interesting argument, and so I'm going to read the piece and then we'll talk about it a little bit further. The essay is called, The Barrier to Mainstream Crypto Adoption Isn't UX, It's Product -Market Fit. Li writes, Discussions about accelerating adoption of crypto often focus on improving user experience. The popular thinking goes, Web3 products lag behind from a user experience perspective, onboarding poses multiple points of friction, and technological concepts come with learning curves. Web3 is missing a seamless experience for apps that will unlock greater adoption. While improving crypto UX is certainly important, I believe that the more significant and urgent barrier to adoption is building things that people want. Web3 has a product market fit problem, not a UX problem. Product market fit is when a product satisfies a strong market need. For consumer builders, the elegance and challenge in building for consumers is that humans have remarkably consistent needs across time. That's why Maslow's hierarchy of needs continues to resonate nearly a century after its introduction, with universal needs ranging from the physiological food, shelter, and clothing, to the psychological — belonging, love, entertainment, and esteem. The history of consumer startups is one of continual innovation in solving for human needs in novel ways. Though people often dismiss new consumer apps as incremental innovations in flipping categories — i .e. teens making dance videos — the truth is that successful startups offer a step -function improvement in enabling people to achieve a core need. Amazon sold us books and everything else in just a few clicks, dramatically easing the process for procuring goods. Facebook enabled us to connect with those we care about instantly. Tinder exposed us to an order of magnitude more potential romantic partners than anyone could stumble on in real life. There is a lot of evidence that when the user benefit is great enough, users are willing to jump through UX hurdles and learn new behaviors, in crypto and beyond. Examples include the first iPhone, which lacked a touch keyboard, the internet itself, and all crypto assets and applications that have had significant adoption to date — NFTs during the last bull market being a primary example. For products that solve a core need, unfamiliar and complicated UX hasn't been a blocker. Despite the long list of multifaceted user needs, so far, explorations of the opportunities that crypto can uniquely address have been largely limited to the financial realm. While income is a widespread need, products where income derives from speculation work when the market goes up but lose their appeal as prices fall. It's a tough sell, especially when there are alternatives for users to attain income with less risk and uncertainty. There is an opportunity for crypto builders to build products that better address other human needs, such as belonging, community, and entertainment. What could that look like? On a small scale, NFT communities and decentralized autonomous organizations have satisfied some people's need for belonging, forging novel social graphs on the basis of asset ownership. To those who say that shared financial interests can't be the basis for real relationships, consider that many of our real -world connections are predicated on ownership, whether that's There's an opportunity to leverage on -chain assets as the basis for new communities that solve for belonging, esteem, and connection. In August 2023 alone, 94 .5 million NFTs were minted across Ethereum and its Layer 2 scalability protocols. As the volume of user activity grows, imagine inferring users' interests based on on -chain actions and exposing connections based on a rich activity history. On -chain media expands our entertainment options, giving us skin in the game for what we consume and create online. On platforms like sound .xyz, friend .tech, and Zora, users can bet on media and creators they believe in, enhancing their experience of the content and turning these networks into financialized games. In a world where all media is incepted as NFTs, there will be a new economic dimension that can enrich our experience of the internet. These are just starting points for what it could look like for crypto to find product -market fit and address needs beyond just income. There's room for much more experimentation from here. To achieve widespread adoption and evolve beyond their current niche, crypto products need to enhance the human experience through solutions that wouldn't be possible without crypto.
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A highlight from Your-Weekly-Tech-Update-EP-133
"Hello, everyone. Welcome to your weekly tech update, the show that explores the newest, coolest, and sometimes mind -boggling side of tech available on the interwebs. I am your host, Ray McNeil. Coming up on the program today, we're talking Skype. They're rolling out their new Meet Now calls, and you don't need to sign up or to install it to use it. Amazon's new Blink Mini is a small indoor camera that allows for two -way audio, motion detection, HD video, and it's only 35 bucks, and will take your mind off of the world and put a smile on your face with this week's moment of joy. That and a whole lot more coming up on today's edition of your weekly tech update, next. There are more video calls going on now more than ever. However, a significant chunk of that action has gone to Zoom, which honestly I had never heard of before a couple of months ago, and not necessarily Skype, who has been the mainstay video chatting service for many years now. Microsoft's product that has been at the center of online voice and video chat since well before smartphones were commonplace is now coming out with a new feature that's rivaling Zoom and the market share that Zoom has captured in its short time. Perhaps too easy with some security and privacy compromises, but Skype is finally ready to fight back with Meet Now. With Meet Now, hosts can create and share free meetings with just three simple clicks. That's according to the company. Even the host doesn't need to have Skype installed. It's all ran from your web browser. You can start the process from its website and then invite people either using a simple link or the share button that's available on the page. If the person you're inviting has Skype installed, then it will automatically open up in the app directly, and if not, then it will open up a new app. We've long waited for the successor to Sony's awesome noise -canceling WH -1000XM3 headphones, which earned a CNET Editor's Choice Award back in 2019. Credible photos of headphones that appeared to be the Sony WH -1000XM4 appeared on Twitter earlier last month, but it looks like they're a no -show for the time being anyway. While we're waiting, however, the company recently announced that it's bringing out two new wireless headphones. The WF -XB700 is a true wireless headphone in the company's extra bass line. It'll cost $130, while the WH -CH710N, a new noise -canceling over -ear headphone, will cost $200. Both are set to be available for pre -order in April. WF -XB700 extra bass true wireless earbuds with Sony's extra bass technology hold structure. It creates a comfortable ergonomic fit with up to get this nine hours of battery life and an optional charging case delivers an additional nine hours. You can even do a quick charge with it. Ten minutes on the quick charge provides about 60 minutes of music playback. Available in April for pre -order in black and blue, and then of course we have the WH -CH710N. They come with 30 millimeter drivers, artificial intelligence noise canceling, and it can automatically select the most effective noise canceling mode for user surroundings. It also includes dual microphones. It'll kind of help you catch more ambient sounds, up to 35 hours of audio on a single charge, and it automatically selects the most effective noise canceling mode for the user's surroundings. You can get up to 35 hours of audio on a single charge and again it has the quick charge feature that provides 60 minutes of music playback via a 10 minute charge. Bluetooth 5 .0 is included with this as well as the standard USB -C charging. This has 30 millimeter drivers, support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, one touch button access to those digital assistants by the way, and it's going to be available in April for pre -order as well, this one only coming in black for the time being anyway. Having AI agents learn how to play simple video games is an ideal way to test their effectiveness thanks to the ability to measure success via a score. Alphabet's DeepMind designed 57 particular Atari games to serve as a litmus test for its artificial intelligence and established a benchmark for the skills of an average human player. The company's latest system, Agent 57, made a huge leap over previous systems and is the first version of the AI that outperforms the human baseline. In particular, Agent 57 has proven its superhuman skills in Pitfall, Montezuma's Revenge, Solaris, and Skiing, all those games that have been major challenges for other AIs. Now according to MIT's Technology Review, Pitfall and Montezuma's Revenge require the AI to experiment more than usual in order to figure out how to get a better score. Meanwhile, Solaris and Skiing are difficult for AI because there aren't as many indications of success. The AI doesn't know if it's making its right moves for long stretches of time. DeepMind built upon its older AI agents so that Agent 57 could make better decisions regarding exploration and score exploration as well as to optimize the trade -off between short -term and long -term performance in games like Skiing. Technology Review notes that while these results are impressive, AI still has a long way to go. These systems can only figure out one game at a time right now, which it says is at odds with the skills of a human. True versatility, which comes so easily to a human infant, is still far beyond AI's reach. That said, AI is already in use across industries. The lessons learned from Agent 57 could help improve performance even if human -level skills aren't achievable for now.
Enjoy Two New Episodes of 'Life, Liberty & Levin' This Weekend
"Have and we Senator Ron Johnson and we have Stephen A. he's Smith an old buddy of mine I think it's all very fascinating I hope you do too and if you're not sure you'll be home to watch it we have the old DVR for just pick the time the show and hit the record button and if it makes it easier just keep it on that record button right mr. producer you can record it from time in Memorial down the road record it once set and for the rest of time almost that simple and you have to wait for the night the of show as you know you can record you can set the record right now and I encourage you to do that then you of can course get the Democrat Party hates America at almost every book retail store warehouse store course .com amazon I encourage you to do that too if you're out shopping over the weekend you're buying your 25 pounds of grapes at Costco I love Costco can't help it love and so do most of you that's why you go there it's right there it's a Walmart to BJ's it's at Sam's it's at Target it's at all these stores I personally would not waste your time at Barnes and Noble that's just me but you do as you wish maybe they'll now put the books out I don't know if you want to punish yourself and go into Barnes and Noble it's not
A highlight from AI Today Podcast: AI Glossary Series Data Science, Data Scientist, Citizen Data Scientist / Citizen Developer, Data Custodian
"The AI Today podcast, produced by Cognolytica, cuts through the hype and noise to identify what is really happening now in the world of artificial intelligence. Learn about emerging AI trends, technologies, and use cases from Cognolytica analysts and guest experts. Hey, AI Today listeners. Want to dive deeper and get resources to drive your AI efforts further? We've put together a carefully curated collection of resources and tools handcrafted for you, our listeners, to expand your knowledge, dive deeper into the world of AI, and provide you with the essential resources you need. From books and materials, ranging from fundamentals of AI to deep dives on implementing AI projects, to AI ethics, tools, software, checklists, and more, our resources page will help you on your AI journey, whether you're just starting out or you're well on your way. Check it out at aitoday .live slash list. That's aitoday .live slash l -i -s -t. Hello and welcome to the AI Today podcast. I'm your host, Kathleen Walch. And I'm your host, Walter Melzer. And you know, we really have enjoyed listening to some of you tell us about how you're using some of the content not only from our AI Today glossary series, which is not only available here on our podcast, but also on our website. If you go to cognolytica .com, we have our, in our resources section, this big AI glossary. It's got hundreds of terms. And you know, we update these terms. It's not like we write it once and we forget it. We find ourselves constantly updating them, especially as terms and terminology do continue to change, or maybe we make some clarifications, and of course, we add new terms all the time. So that's part of why this glossary series, you know, will continue for a while. So if you're not already subscribed to the AI Today podcast, you should be, especially if you're enjoying this specific content on the glossary series as we dive into terms. And you know, we're going to continue doing that on today's podcast, but I wanted to let you know that, you know, we also have some great interviews. We've already had some in the past with folks who are doing AI and implementing AI Today, some of our CPMAI practitioners, but also we have lots of things to share about use failures cases and of AI, and you know, we're entering some interesting times with AI, you know, successes and failures, you know, things that we thought might be great, turn out not to be so great. And then also things that we didn't really expect to work out are working out. Here we are, you know, six years after we started AI Today podcast, still talking about AI and not running out of things to say. As a matter of fact, in the early days of AI Today, we were a weekly podcast. Now we were like biweekly, sorry, semi -weekly. We're like twice a week. So, you know, that means that we got a lot, even a lot more to say nowadays. So stay connected, be part of our network and keep yourself informed and successful on AI. Exactly. And subscribe to AI Today if you haven't done so already, because as Ron mentioned, we have a lot of podcasts still queued up that we, you know, potential interviews, interviews that we already have lined up. So definitely subscribe to get notified of all of our upcoming episodes. But sticking with our AI Glossary series, we want to sometimes present just one term, sometimes present a grouping of terms so that you get a better understanding of how these terms kind of group together and why we're presenting them that way. So in today's podcast, we're going to go over data science, data scientist, and also the term citizen data scientist or citizen developer and data custodian, so that if any of these come up, at least you'll have a high level understanding of what they are. So data science, what is it exactly? Well, it's the domain of study focused on using scientific, mathematical and analytic techniques to extract useful information from data and translate business and scientific informational needs into the specific requirements for data analysis. So there's methods and approaches and tools that are focused on extracting, you know, those informational needles from data haystacks, and it's applicable to a wide range of business problems from descriptive to predictive to projective analytics. And if you're not familiar with those, we'll link to that podcast where we went over all the different types of analytics. And, you know, the idea and the domain of study for data science, it really deals with information at small scale as well as very large scale. And it does things like leverage statistics and mathematics and computer science, big data analytics and data wrangling to be able to provide answers to analytical questions. So as you can imagine, that's kind of the domain of study. But then what are data scientists? Yeah, and I think, you know, the data scientists obviously, you know, perform the role of data science, right? They are focused on the collection and analysis of data to solve these business related problems using these data driven techniques. So data scientists, you know, sometimes actually have that title data scientist, right? Sometimes they perform the role of data scientist, even if that's not their title. So really, it's more like the sometimes it's the mindset and the tools and the techniques, right? That's important. So what data scientists do is they translate business requirements into specific hypotheses or analytic ideas, and they go and extract useful information from data to provide the solution to those requirements. And so there's a couple of sort of tools and techniques that data scientists use to address these big data analytic requirements. Obviously, there's statistics, probability and math. Math is the language of data science, statistics and probability, and having a firm grasp on that and all those concepts, right? Then they also need, to some extent, ways to actually access and tools and technologies from manipulating, collecting and preparing large data sets. We had talked about in previous podcasts, data science notebooks as sort of the environment of choice for data science and tools like Python and R as languages, as well as even languages like Julia and Scala, but primarily Python and R for data science and data scientists. And then, of course, a grasp of algorithms and computer science methods for deriving insights, right? Building models, using algorithms and training data to do whatever the analytic task is, predictions. That's what machine learning models do, classification, regression, clustering, all those things, right? And then, of course, some grasp of data centric approaches, including data centric methodologies like CPMAI for running data projects, but also methods for understanding how to deal with testing and validation and data preparation. So there's a lot of stuff there. Sometimes you'll see data science as an overlap, a Venn diagram between skills and math on the one hand, skills in computer science and IT and another, and then certain amount of business and domain expertise that overlap is the data science and data scientist role in your organization. Exactly. And so sometimes, you know, you may not be formally trained as a data scientist or have that in your specific title. And this term citizen data scientist or citizen developer has started to come into the lexicon. And it's this concept that your primary role is not that of a data scientist. So that's not your official job title or you're not a machine learning engineer or data engineer, but you create machine learning models and other data science outputs through the use of no code and low code approaches. And so we had a podcast on no code and low code. Basically, they're using these tools, a citizen data scientist is using these tools to come up and help with, you know, creating their own machine learning models, but they're not necessarily formally trained and that this isn't their primary job. So you may hear this term citizen data scientist or a citizen developer come up. If it does, then you'll at least have an understanding of what it is. And there's also a term data custodian. So a data custodian is a person or group of people that are responsible for the safe storage, transfer and use of data. The data custodian is not a data owner, so it's important to understand that, but it just serves as an administrative role over the data. So some organizations may have a data custodian, and if they do, maybe you have data custodians at your organization. It's just really responsible for that storage, transfer and use of data. You want to make sure that you're doing it safely. So that's what the data custodian is. And we again want to present these terms at a high level so that if they come up in conversation, then you can say, oh, OK, I've heard of the term data science or data scientist. I know what that means or a citizen data scientist. But of course, understanding these terms at a high level is one thing and understanding how to put them into practice is another. And that's really where CPMAI methodology comes into play. So I know that many of our podcast listeners are CPMAI certified and we have thousands now across the globe that are CPMAI certified. If you're interested in learning more about what CPMAI is, I encourage you to sign up and take our free Intro to CPMAI course. You can go to aitoday .live slash CPMAI to sign up. And if you'd like to become CPMAI certified yourself, then go to cognolytica .com slash CPMAI, where you can sign up for the training. And upon completion of the training and all of the exercises, you will become CPMAI certified. Like this episode and want to hear more with hundreds of episodes and over three million downloads. Check out more AI Today podcasts at aitoday .live. Make sure to subscribe to AI Today if you haven't already on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, Amazon, or your favorite podcast platform. Want to dive deeper and get resources to drive your AI efforts further? We've put together a carefully curated collection of resources and tools and crafted for you, our listeners, to expand your knowledge, dive deeper into the world of AI and provide you with the essential resources you need. Check it out at aitoday .live slash list. This sound recording and its contents are copyright by Cognolytica. 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A highlight from #464 How to determine Bitcoins value? The most important parameters!
"Welcome to The Crypto Show, your podcast for everything around crypto, blockchain, bitcoin, and more. Here is your host, international blockchain expert, serial entrepreneur, and investor, Dr. Julian Hasp. Are there parameters that you could look at that tell you if Bitcoin's value is going up, or sideways, or down, or is the only thing that we can look at price? Hey, welcome to this video. My name is Julian. On my channel, it's all about making you crypto fit. I discuss the beautiful world of decentralization, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, general investing, and much, much more. I try to kind of look at this from different angles. On the one hand, as a CEO of a large group operating in a crypto space. Obviously, as an investor trying to increase my purchase power, as someone who works with various regulators, and so I try to bring every, like a little bit of an aspect to that. If you look into normal investments aside of crypto, then all these investments, as soon as they are liquid, have a price, right? Then you can track this price. It's very, very easy. But Buffett always says, price is what you pay, value is what you get. So the question always is, how can you look at value? And there are different metrics, ideas, what you can look at. In general, we have cash flow in things like stocks, like bonds, like real estate. And what happens normally is you look at how much cash flow is produced, and you look at how valuable is this cash flow. For example, if interest rates are relatively high, that cash flow is not as valuable because it's very easy to get cash flow simply by lending money to the government, for example. If interest rates are relatively low, this cash flow can be very, very interesting. But in general, you look at cash flow. With some other companies, you look at even more, some more fundamental things, right? For example, a Tesla, Tesla key metric is always how many cars are produced. And so obviously the more cars per week, for example, are produced, in general, you can say, well, Tesla becomes more valuable. With Amazon, this was very powerful in 2000 dot -com crash, Amazon price got slaughtered. But at the same time, the revenue numbers went up, the number of customers went up, the number of purchases went up. So it's undeniable that the value of the company went up while the price may have gone down. Well, this is cash flowing, so generally this is a bit easier. But when we think of non -cash flowing things, we could think of commodities, we could think of precious metals like gold, and we can even think of fiat. Yes, fiat is cash flowing, but most of the time that cash flow is inflation. And so it's also interesting to kind of counterbalance that. Sure, interest rate can have a net yield if it's higher than inflation, and some years this is the case, and in some years it's not the case. But we're going to look at all three. And then we're going to look at crypto, we're going to look at Bitcoin, we're going to look at Ethereum, we're going to look at DeFi chain, and we're going to look at some parameters there. So first, let's look at commodities. In commodities, we obviously have a price, there's no cash flow, but a couple of things we can look at is how much is this commodity actually used. So for example, if we look at oil, we can see how many oil -needing cars are out there, how much oil does the industry actually utilize. In general, and this is key here, this generally means that this commodity, or be it a rare earth or something, is used, so it cannot be put back into its original form. Now obviously this is important here when we talk about usage. Now with gold, precious metals is a bit different, because in general gold cannot be used up. It can be used, but it cannot be used up, because it's an element, and destroying an element is not really possible. Now you can transform it, but with gold this is very very uncommon. But we can look for example, how much gold is used for industrial use, we can look at how much gold is used for jewelry. Now in theory this can be undone, but industrial use of jewelry in general is not a price speculation. So this would be a very very clear utilization, and these are kind of parameters that we could look at. So the more the Indians or the Chinese are buying gold for jewelry, in general we can say the price can be very well supported by something else other than price speculation. Or if more iPhones are being built and they need gold, then well this also drives obviously gold usage. What about fiat though? Is fiat only kind of used for a price? Is the US dollar the only thing you can look at is relation to other currencies? No. The actual use of a currency is that of a unit of account. That's the prime and number one kind of metric. How much is the dollar used as a unit of account? And we have a very good metric for that, and that is GDP. The bigger, the stronger the GDP in general, the stronger the currency. The number one GDP in the world, US dollar, that is why it's the global currency. And other currencies obviously go up there as well, but in general this is the number one utility measure for all these things. So you do have very clear utility numbers for all these things. And then we have crypto. And in crypto, the number one metrics that we always see from people out there are price metrics. People look at charts, they look at moving averages, they have the $200 moving average, they have a 20, a 50, a 200 week moving average. They tell you that the price has never crossed those things. But to be honest, these are absolutely terrible to me, these are not really good parameters. They are just there because we are actually really struggling to find good parameters in the crypto space. And you will see this. Now I have separated the parameters into three different types, into those that are really terrible, those that are okay, and then the gold standards. Now the gold standards measure the actual utilization, and this is always the key, and you will see this. So let's dive in with this. And maybe before I do this, let me know what you think is the key metric to look at when we look at Bitcoin. What is the key parameter? What's the key measurement? How would you measure those things? So let's take a look here. Now I have four really, really bad ones. The first one, anything that can actually be easily gained by bots or by a cyber attack. And actually, Satoshi knew that, and that is why we actually needed mining because he knew that it was impossible to somehow measure those things. For example, anything transaction -based because transactions are actually relatively cheap to make. So you can do a lot, a lot of transactions, and it doesn't really tell you anything. Also, the value that's being sent is a horrible metric because I could send a billion left, a billion right, a billion left, a billion right, and it doesn't tell you anything. Daily active addresses, also very difficult metric to use. Otherwise, Satoshi would have used these kind of things and would have said, look, instead of burning useless electricity, you have to make a thousand transactions, so the more transactions you make, the higher your chance that you're going to find the next block. None of that is the case. So he knew that. Why? Because burning electricity is just really clear, but actually doing those transactions is not clear because it can be bots, it can be easily gained. Now, some people mistakenly think that the hashrate tells you a lot about as a metric. And this is just LOL, I'm sorry. Hashrate is a consequence of the Bitcoin price, not the other way around. Now, I get it. To a certain extent, you need some hashrate, right? Because if you have zero, then this network is not stable. But after a certain limit, it doesn't really matter as much anymore if the hashrate doubles, for example, right? Like at the moment, the network doesn't become more stable just because the hashrate doubles, or even if it halves, it's not half as strong. This is ridiculous, right? It's so, so, so difficult already to attack it. And at the end, hashrate is purely a service provider that the network pays. So the bigger the budget, the more hashrate there is. And obviously, it's hashrate times hashprice. So the hashprice has been going down. So that's why the hashrate keeps going up all the time, even though the budget actually keeps going down slightly just because hashrate is actually going up. So the key metric is not necessarily hashrate. So it would actually be the hashprice. That's the key thing. And it's absolutely useless to look at that because that's just a consequence of the price. So looking at hashrate is just a trailing parameter from price doesn't really help much. Again, looking at price itself is just self -reinforcing. Just think about use price as a metric. Then if it goes down, that means value is going down. That means you should sell, which would make the price go down even further. So absolutely useless. And then there's a lot of those blah, blah statements, right? That are absolutely not measurable. And people love having this like, oh, we need to measure decentralization or the best thing is decentralization or freedom or it's the best thing ever. But there's no metric. There's nothing you can measure. And so at the end, this is just people kind of bypassing that they don't really have a parameter to kind of measure. So these are the really terrible ones. When you see people kind of talking about those, it's either they have no clue, they haven't thought this through, or they just don't have anything. And it's a combination of all three of all those. OK, so let's look at the OK ones. Now, there's a couple of OK ones and they're not really good, but I think they are usable.
A highlight from How To Turn Your STRESS Into SUCCESS!
"Welcome to Real Estate Coaching Radio, starring award -winning real estate coaches and number one international bestselling authors, Tim and Julie Harris. This is the number one daily radio show for realtors looking for a no BS, authentic, real time coaching experience. What's really working in today's market, how to generate more leads, make more money, and have more time for what you love in your life. And now your hosts, Tim and Julie Harris. Welcome back. Today we're going to be talking about how to turn your stress into success. Here's a simple fact. All of us, no matter how organized you are, no matter how drilled down your schedule was, no matter how perfect you think you got things going for you, you're going to experience stress. It's normal, but how you react to the stress that you're experiencing, that is something that you can actually control to a great extent, not 100%. So what we're going to do today is we're going to go through, it's going to be a two -part podcast. We're going to go through a system where you can essentially acknowledge your stress. I'm not going to say manage your stress or manage your time, because those things are often unmanageable, and the very prospect of trying to manage either actually causes you more stress. That's true. Which is ironic. But what we're going to do is take you through a process so that you can really turn what mostly is an unconscious reaction to something external into something that you will find that you can derive power from and focus. So get ready to take notes, and as always, all of our notes are available down below in the show description. If you're on iTunes or YouTube or, hey, we're now on, what's that new video platform called? I forget. Anyway. Something new. Something new where videos actually are also living. And all the other, Spotify, Amazon, everywhere. We're on Google Listen and everywhere. So yes, everywhere that the podcast is listened to, you can also find the notes for our show. We oftentimes will put all of the notes that we're using. Notes are all copywritten, of course, but at the end of the day, we want you to feel free to use these when training your own agents or maybe your small brokerage, whatever. This content is designed to help you first, and then hopefully you're going to help others with this information as well. And while there also, there's a lot of links in the show description below, and you can join the premier coaching program. There's information about our eXp Real Estate Group, which you might want to consider joining all kinds of good stuff. So just scroll down and it's all there waiting for you. So Julie, let's roll into your points. Yes. And it is true that one of the most common questions we get from podcast listeners and coaching clients when you guys text us or reach out, it sounds, you know, it comes in different flavors, but it usually sounds something like this. I feel out of control with my time. I'm spending a lot of time chasing after scarce listings from my buyers, negotiating multiple offers on my own listings, and then putting out fires on my pending deals. So how can I get back into control? You're wondering what's okay to stop doing, or you should be wondering what's okay to stop doing, and what must you never drop when you're feeling out of control. There's an old saying that goes like this. If you're not controlling your time, someone or something else always will. So we're going to give you a multiple step plan. It's a little bit of this is mindset, how to control your, how you're thinking about it, and some action steps. So here are things what to get rid of and what to keep. Well, I mean, just reading your description there gave me a little bit of stress, I have to say. Did you do that on purpose, Julie? No. You'll feel better by the end, I promise. I wanted to share with them something, because the thing that actually drove my stress up a little bit when you were talking about not enough listings, guys, in the next few days, we're doing a podcast that is, I think Julie is now, what, 30 different sources? Yes. I'm actually excited. And in a couple of days, we're going to do a one -part podcast, which is all of the different online sources, resources, other than your MLS, to find listings. And there's quite a variety. We're going to talk about farms, land, ranch, commercial, normal residential, vacation properties, foreclosure, everything. But what we're doing is we're actually giving you guys links of where you can go to find homes that are for sale that are not in the MLS. That's the main thing. So the notes already have, I think it's like 25 or 30 different websites, mostly, well, I mean, they're all websites, where you can click on the link and then you can be taken to a list of a source of homes for sale. Again, these are not in the MLS. And these are almost all nationwide, by the way. Right. And we're going to be doing this the next couple of days. So yes, if you are feeling stressed from not having enough inventory, we're going to cure that in the next couple of days, listen to the podcast. All right, Julie. So part one. You got it. All right. So let's see. What to let go of versus what to keep. So let's see part one. Number one, mindset check. Are you really that busy or are you just disorganized? Take a day to get real about what you're actually managing. Sometimes just dedicating a day or even two days to getting a grip is all you actually need. So don't keep telling yourself you're overwhelmed. Instead, your affirmation is that you are surrounded by opportunity. Isn't that more accurate? This is why this is the first step. When you do that first, you'll realize that your state of overwhelm is actually temporary versus allowing it to become a lifestyle. So I don't, I didn't scan your notes, but did you talk to them at all about the brain dump? I didn't. Yes. You can add it right in here. I was thinking this would be a perfect spot. Bonus point. One and a half. That's right. Bonus point. One and a half. So one of the systems that we've used for decades, especially with coaching clients, is when they're feeling overwhelmed. Take a tablet of paper and I don't know why tablets of paper where you're writing it out is more effective than if you're typing it out. Typing it out almost, I don't know, it doesn't stick in your brain as much. So take a tablet of paper. Take like maybe one of those long yellow legal tabs or tablets and then write down everything that's in your brain. Don't stop writing until essentially everything that's in your mind that you think you should be thinking about is completely cleared out and you can do personal and business and go through every single thing. So that's the first cure because what you're going to find out oftentimes is that you're going to start, like you'll write down maybe 10 or 20 different things and then you're writing them down in different versions. Like you're going to say, take in the dry cleaning and then you're going to realize that you wrote that down as the fourth thing and now you're seeing that you write it down as the 18th thing. In other words, what you'll discover is a lot of thoughts that you're having that are feeling like they're, you know, bogging down your ability to think clearly are the same thoughts. In other words, you don't really have that many things that you think you have more going on in your head than you actually do. So when you write all this down, then you're going to look at this list and there's three filters that you run all these things through and it's called do it, delegate it or ditch it. So the things that you absolutely positively must always be doing are going to be the things that fall into the five categories of the things that make you money in real estate, which is proactively generation, you know, obviously prequalifying, presenting a lead follow up, negotiating, those types of things that we teach in premier coaching. Those are the things that you should not be delegating and you have to do it. So the do it category are the things that you absolutely positively should leave on your list. The delegated category are, there's lots of things you could be delegating, lots of things you don't have to be doing. Lots of things that may be frankly under the delegation category are things that maybe not only not don't have to do yourself, but maybe don't need done at all. In other words, you put them on your list, you thought they were important. Somebody told you they were important, maybe even, and guess what? They aren't important. So get rid of them. And then the last one is ditch it and that's where essentially the lot of the things in your second, you know, the delegated part, they're going to go to the ditch it category and just completely remove them from your list. Or another thing to do is if there's longer term projects or things you wanted to be doing, write them on a completely separate list and then segment your list. But the most important thing is if you want to really get control, and this is a good, this is a really, at the end of the day, this is a mindset point, but if you really want to clear your brain and start feeling a resemblance of control, I did, did this just the other day. Honestly, I had a big, uh, to do list and it was, um, I keep lists. I'm a list guy. I know a lot of people have different systems for it, but lists work for me because I derive immense pleasure crossing them out. Yes, it is very satisfying. That's why it's very cathartic to take a damn thing is bought in that damn list and getting rid of it. Bye bye. That's right. I enjoy that. So that's my payoff. But there's a system. So do a delegated or ditch it, but start out by doing what we call a brain dump and write everything down and then go through it. And then you'll start seeing after you actually write everything on a piece of paper, you will feel better. You will feel some sort of a cloud will lift. It will. It really will. Then you look at all the things are floating around your head and like I said, remove the duplicates first because a lot of them will be duplicates and then go for a do it delegated or ditch it and then you know, move forward. That's a simple system. Well, that's a perfect 0 .1 and a half because remember we started by saying, are you really that busy? Are you just a bit disorganized? Maybe your mind is feeling disorganized because you haven't written it down and done the brain dump, right? So that goes hand in hand. And speaking of the do it part of the do it, ditch it or delegate it. Point number two, proactively generation cannot stop. This is the first thing that agents drop when they get even a tiny bit busy. You must actively pursue new qualified appointments every single work day. And it is the most important action that you take daily, whether you have a, whether you have pending transactions or not, whether you have active listings or not, always on every call, whether it's a home inspector or lender, a past client or a pending ask, you guys should know it by now, whom do you know who could use my help buying or selling real estate or Tim's version, which I like even better. What two or three people do you know who could use my help buying or selling real estate? So make the commitment to a minimum standard of contacts every work day, even when you're feeling busy, refer to our previous podcasts about how to list and sell the homes that you need to sell your magic number as well as lead generation from best to worst. We've done so much work on this with you guys on previous podcasts and in premier coaching. So I'm going to actually, I'm going to reinforce all your points, but I'm also going to give these guys a bit of a relief valve. I have coached people who are just for some reason wired to be disorganized. They're wired to basically be Liberty Gibbets bouncing here, bouncing there. That's just how they are. But then yet they're very successful. And why are they very successful? Because they always lean back into the things that are going to make them money. And oftentimes they have really vibrant personalities and people like them, despite the fact that they're wearing shoes that don't match and you know, things like that. All right. So how do, what's the solution when you're coaching somebody like that? The solution is not trying to find them a solution. The solution is just making sure they do to the three to five things every single day that they should be doing at a high level and then holding them accountable as three to five things and then giving them permission to be whatever the hell they want to do with their time the rest of the day. In other words, they can't, it's too much emotional stress for them to be held to a schedule for more than maybe two or three hours a day at, you know, in other words, they can only really, let's air quote here, time block two or three hours a day. So what are the things they should be doing in those two or three hours? And Julie and I talk about this on the podcast all the time, but obviously Julie's pointing about proactive lead generation. We want to talk about, you know, if you had a listing appointment, presenting, negotiating, all those types of things we teach in the coaching program. But really guys, if you really want to know how to really feel long -term control of your day, your day should come down to having mastered the art and science of really doing only three to five things every day. And those things are, in our opinion, now you can modify, but this is sort of a holistic approach to this, right? You need to be making your self -determined number of contacts per day as determined by your real estate treasure map, which we give you in the first level of Premier Coaching. So whatever your number of contacts per day, you need to be making those per day. You need to be having done all your lead follow up by the end of the day. I'm giving you a whole bunch and you guys choose which ones. Ideally, when you are very, you know, essentially advanced as a proactive lead generator, you should be setting one pre -qualified listing appointment per day. Julie and I are huge advocates of doing some sort of physical workout routine every single day, taking some kind of supplements every single day, showing overt gratitude. You know, I love you Julie, I love you Tim. You know, showing overt gratitude to the people that mean the most to you every single day. If you just basically write down the things that you have to do every single day, the accumulative effect of doing those things every single day will pay off in ways that you can't even understand. It's a multiplication effect. There's a compounding of duplicating those efforts. The obvious one being is that if you're working out and you're, you know, hopefully taking care of what you eat, you're going to see, not right away, but over time, your energy level increases, your physicality increases, same goes with making contacts. But the key to making this work is do those same things every single day and then often will come down to doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it at the highest level, which by the way, is the founding principle of our coaching program, but also of anyone I've ever met in life who's successful at any level. They knew that they had to do what they didn't want to do when they didn't want to do it at the highest level over long periods of time. And that's what we're prescribing to all of you guys as well, because it does pay off. So really, if you're wanting to get in control, but you're absolutely one of these people that can't be in control as your coach, I give you permission not to be in control for anything other than those two or three hours, ideally in the morning, because when you get those three to five things done every single day, even if the rest of the day is like a, you know, high speed roller coaster, it does not matter because you did the most important things. Well, that's right. That's the most important thing that you said is what you do with those two to three hours is what's critical. What you're not doing is giving them permission to just say, well, I'm just a disorganized person or go on Instagram or make a bunch of TikTok videos or do a bunch of passive lead generation or go on Facebook and take a bunch of surveys. All this silliness that doesn't lead to anything. That stuff doesn't count. Okay. So we're talking about what to keep and what to ditch. Point number three, deadlines cannot be ignored or procrastinated. You can lose a deal by losing track of time or having misunderstandings with the other side. So remember that people scan through DocuSign without really realizing what they're signing or remembering it or being able to even find it again. You can't be part of that. So use a transaction coordinator if that's getting out of control or if you're your transaction coordinator, you have to be careful with your earnest money deposits, contingency releases, inspection dates. Don't let those fall behind just because you're behind. Get clarity and or get help. And I'll tell you what one of my coaching clients does is when she does new transactions. Yes, of course, that's all in DocuSign and transaction management and transaction coordinators and all that. But in also her alarms, in her phone, she gives herself two or three day warnings. There's a contingency coming up. You've got to release that so that even if she's really super busy showing houses, maybe she's got somebody coming into town and it's a really intense appointment weekend. The alarm is going to save her butt. So that's just a backup plan. There's lots of different things that you can do. But this is one thing that you really can't blow off because it could cost you a deal. Well, I'll give you some exciting news. I know because you and I are investing some frankly, some money and time into developing some A .I. bots and apps for our different businesses, that there are absolutely people that are developing A .I. right now to work directly with the major CRM or transaction management platforms. So agents are going to be able to have an A .I. bot that's essentially going to act as a real live admin who's going to oversee the entire process. It's amazing. And ChatGPT4 and Bard and all these others, this week, ChatGPT4 is releasing a version for their paid users where essentially it's going to start using voice. So remember we were talking about on the podcast yesterday about all this? Well, the technology is here. So you're going to start having a voice. In other words, it's a real human voice. It does not sound like an old fashioned answering machine. That's good. And you know, I just laughed at myself because how many people? They don't know what an answering machine is. Right. Anyway, so back to 2023 or 2024 when you're listening. So the moral of the story is that there are going to be massive advancements in this A .I. technology that's going to make your lives a lot easier, which will give you a lot more room and time to spend on the things that matter most. That's assuming that you know what those things are and you actually know how to do them. That's what coaching is all about. And yeah, a lot of this technology is going to be coming through. I shouldn't maybe necessarily say this, but I know eXp Realty is working on developing a lot of these A .I. bots. Glenn Sanford is unbelievably intelligent about creating these technologies that streamline a lot of agent processes. And really, there's no downside. The experience is better from the customer's perspective, the agent's perspective, the broker's perspective. So all that's coming to a brokerage near you, assuming you're with Juli and I at eXp Realty. There you are. All right, now our final point for today is maybe one of my favorite points in terms of getting agents and brokers really organized and giving you peace. And that is point number four today, keeping your visual accountability, your whiteboards updated. You can't ignore that. You can't put it off, update it every day. In order to know if you are on track ahead or behind, keep that updated. Don't ignore your boards just because you feel like you're currently on track or ahead or hide out from them if you feel like you're behind. Not tracking your business is what will make you behind in a matter of days or weeks. Now, there's a rule in aviation called the one in 60 rule. When a plane veers off its course by just one degree, it misses its target destination by one mile for every 60 miles it's flown. Isn't that interesting, right? It is. You think it's just one degree. What's the big deal? I can find the airport, but maybe it's not the airport you were looking for. You're the plane. Stay on course. Visual is accountability the dashboard of your business. I have to say, Tim, I know you've had this experience too. Once agents start really embracing the visual accountability, and yes, we know you've got all this kept track of in a spreadsheet or your broker tracks it or whatever. We're talking about in your office on whiteboards in front of you. It works because it is visual. They'll say, oh, my gosh, I just feel so much more peaceful knowing and seeing I've got this many listing leads. I've got this many active listings. I've got this many pending, and I've got that many closed, which means I'm exactly three deals ahead of where I should be based on my treasure map. A lot of the stress in real estate really in life is just not knowing stuff, right? Not knowing about your finances, not knowing about what's going on inside your contracts, not knowing whether you're on track ahead or behind. It will give you peace to know. Well, the dry erase boards are the reason that obviously we know about all the technologies and all the widgets that give you creative dashboards that show you all your key performance indicators and all those things. We use those things in our business as well, but it's what Julie just said. The problem with all that technology is that you can hide from it, and it hides from you. A dry erase board, especially a large dominant one, and I was thinking when you were talking how when somebody, we get Premier Coaching clients, they'll post pictures of these big -ass dry erase boards, and they'll put them up on their walls. I'm talking about the monster ones, and that's the only way to do it because it doesn't leave any typically room for anything else on the wall. Tell them what the dry erase board should be because not everybody is a coaching client. Yes, well, they should be, and we'll tell them about that in a minute. What should you track? I like to think of it chronologically, right? Every transaction that becomes a closing starts as a lead, so you track your especially listing leads. Right. I'm looking at my wall. I want to know what the dry erase boards are. That's what I'm saying. I want to know which of them are. Okay. The first dry erase board is? Leads because everything starts as a lead. Okay. Then it becomes a listing. That's the second board is active listings. Okay. Then the last one is closings. You have one in between, pendings, and then you have closed. If your goal is to close 24 transactions, your closed board will be one through 24. As they travel through your boards, they land on the closed board, and you can see, are you on deal number three? Are you on deal number five? Where are you versus where you should be? On the closed board, sellers are in red, buyers are in blue. The other thing you can also do, and this is really fine tuning all of the accountability you have for yourself, is write down on the closed board what the price was and what the commission was, and then also really drill down on what the source of the lead was. We've talked for literally thousands of hours on this podcast of the importance of never just going by how the lead actually showed up in your life. You're going to need to ask secondary and sometimes third. What would be it? Cursary? Tertiary. Tertiary. That's right. That same question more than once. You need to ask them, who originally referred you to me? Where did you originally find me? How do we connect it? The story that Julie and I tell that seems to work is we were in our office when we were selling real estate, and one of our chief transaction coordinators was this gal named Kelly. Kelly was using a prequalification seller form, so she had at her desk buyer prequalification for him and seller prequalification for him. So Julie and I were in our office, and she was doing the seller prequalification, and one of the questions was halfway through the script was basically, so why did you decide to call Tim and Julie out for the job of selling your home? I think that was the question. And she wrote down the answer, but she didn't listen to herself ask the question, and she didn't watch herself write down the answer. So she asked the question two times in a row, and the first way that they answered it was like a sign or whatever. And then she asked the same exact question, and then they answered it, and we watched as they wrote down that it was a referral from so -and -so. And so that was the real tip -off that if you don't ask for what like drill down and really dig into where they're or why they're contacting you, you're going to make the mistake of assuming that they basically are contacting you because of Facebook. Because what happens is that you're at Orange Theory, somebody asked you for a referral for a roofer. You're going to say, Jack's roofing, I don't necessarily have his phone number, my phone's in my car, whatever it is. But the person you're going to talk to remembers Jack's roofing in, say, Georgetown, Texas. So they're going to go and they're going to drop into Google, Jack's roofing, Georgetown, Texas. So the first thing that's going to come up is Jack's Facebook business page, let's say, or Instagram or whatever the hell it's going to be. And then you're going to message them through that app, and then Jack's going to get the message from Facebook that you are interested in having your roof fixed. All the while, Jack's going to then assume, hey, my Facebook campaign is working, you know? Of course. Look, I'm going to post more pictures of my lunch every single day, evidently that's generating business for me. Right. All the while, the real reason that Jack got that lead was because it was a referral from somebody you knew at the gym. You guys get the point? So if you're not asking those real drill down questions, you're really going to lose contact with the source of your business. You're not going to realize how much of your business comes from the things that don't cost any money, signs, for example, centers of influence and past clients, for example. People you maybe like, they could be somebody that an old neighbor, oh, you don't even know. You're going to have to ask. And that's what you'll self -discover, what Julie and I have been coaching all you guys for decades, is the percent of business comes from any kind of marketing and advertising is typically less than 10 % because most everyone chooses who they're going to use as a real estate professional, like 90 % based on the things we coach you guys to do, which cost you no money, which aren't anything to do with marketing, branding, and advertising. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. Back to the roofing example, had Jack the roofer not had a business Facebook page and that person had gone to Google and tried to search for him, he may not have ever found Jack's phone number to actually make the, you know, to get in contact, right? So it's important that you have a presence online, but you've got to see it for what it is.
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On today's episode, we'll discuss the supposed death of NFTs, how Amazon's race for AI affects FTX creditors. And we'll talk a little about the mover and the shaker this week, plus loads of short sharp news bites. So let's get on with it. My name is Tracy and I'm joined by my mates Blake and Craig as we catch up on the crypto news. Hey guys, how are you going? Very well, Trace. Good to be back. How are you? Yeah, very well. How are you going Craig? Very good. Thanks, Trace. I've just learned that tomorrow is 200 days until the halvening, which is very exciting. It is very exciting. Is it speeding up or is it just me? I don't know. It is speeding up. But have you guys noticed that it is popping up in a lot more fees and news at the moment? Like it's getting a little bit more traction now? I haven't noticed, but that wouldn't surprise me. I think until there's 100 days left. Oh, yeah. It's going to be good. There is a counter that you can get on Google, but I think there are a few more counters that pop up as we get a little bit more excited. So at the end of the year will be about 100 days. And I think that's when people will start to realize that the countdown is coming to an end. Exciting. Alrighty, let's jump into our first news story of the week and what was dominating headlines over the past seven days. There was some research put into the world recently, and like I said, it's made headlines in the crypto sphere, but filtered out into the normie news as well. I saw it covered in some mainstream news publications. It was on the project, Rolling Stones grabbed onto it as well, did a big story. And it was a big story because it had great headline pieces. 95 % of all NFT collections have zero value. NFTs are officially dead. These are some of the headlines that came. So NFTs have seen a bit of a boom and bust, especially over the last 12 to 18 months. The market has been flooded with a lack of buyers. But what has brought on this headline over the last week? It's a study that encompassed over 73 ,000 NFT collections and found a massive imbalance in the market and showed that 95 % of these collections had a zero value, Craig. That's right, Trace. The articles called it Debt NFTs, the Evolving Landscape of the NFT Market. It was by this group called DAP Gamble, which is a community of experts in the finance space. We'll chuck it in the show notes below. But I think looking back, as you just said, 73 ,000 NFTs, most of them were probably just art collections of apes, penguins, space aliens. Like we had peak euphoria. And I had me and my mates getting up at 6 a .m. for a Zoom call for mints on Solana. That doesn't scream peak euphoria. I don't know what does. But, you know, as it said, 95 % of these NFTs are worthless. But there seems to be a smaller pool of collections that people are still paying quite a bit of money for. Bored apes are still going for 24e. The nouns. The pudgy penguins are still going. Nouns, exactly. Yep. So this is a misleading figure, I feel. Well, of course, it's a misleading figure. You know, in the peak ball run, everyone's trying to figure it out. Every man and their dog was launching an NFT collection. I even had a mate that launched one. It was just peak hysteria, peak euphoria.
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"Right now, aviation companies like Lufthansa Technik are using virtual reality training to help their mechanics practice crucial engine maintenance skills, helping them prepare for real repairs. Learn more at meta .com slash metaverse impact. Marah? Talking of regulators. Good lord. All right, let's head down the hall and check this out. You want to stay with us and listen or watch on YouTube. Lina Khan is straight ahead with Kaley Lines. I'm Joe Matthew in Washington. This is Bloomberg. And of course, on Bloomberg Originals, it is Tuesday, September 26, 2023. And Tim and I are getting ready, as you just heard from Joe Matthew. We are going to be hearing from the FTC chair. This as the US FTC sued Amazon in a landmark and long anticipated antitrust case. They definitely have Amazon in their crosshairs. Yeah, we're looking forward to hearing from FTC Commission Chair Lina Khan, who's going to be sitting down with our own Bloomberg News, DC Bureau Chief Peggy Collins in just a few minutes. In the meantime, Carol, I'm seeing a redhead here across the Bloomberg terminal. We've got a lot to get to, but I got to get to this breaking news. Target is set to close nine stores across four different states, this due to theft and crime. What do they call that? Shrinkage? Shrinkage is what they call it in those earnings reports. And I wonder if we're going to start to see this from more and more companies. That is very interesting. I also wonder what it says about kind of the overall economic environment and consumer environment. All right, we're going to get to that. Keep on that. We're also going to get the latest on the auto strike and the growing pains and stresses of the EVAs.
A highlight from Fasting, Hormetic Stress, Protein, mTOR, and Longevity with Ben Azadi
"So this podcast is sponsored by our friends over at Paleo Valley, and I wanted to tell you about their grass -fed organ complex, which is like a supercharged multivitamin that allows you to get a full spectrum of traditional superfoods loaded with nutrients into your body faster, easier, and without having to tolerate the taste or cooking for that matter. Grass -fed organ complex contains not one, but three organs from healthy grass -fed pasture -raised cows, so you are getting a more diverse array of nutrients. Most other similar products only contain one. It's usually liver, and it's spray dried at high temperatures. The high temperatures damage the vital nutrients. You see, the ideal way to maintain the fragile nutrients and enzymes that are found in organ meats is to eat them raw. Again, most of us are not going to eat raw liver, so instead, Paleo Valley gently freeze -dries the organs in order to preserve as many of these nutrients as possible. You see, liver was coveted by our ancestors. When they killed an animal, they would go right for the liver or the heart first. Liver is considered the most nutrient -dense food on the planet. It's full of B vitamins, vitamin A, and minerals. You have heart. Again, heart was coveted as well. It's super rich in coenzyme Q10, which is so important for great energy and mental clarity. And then you also have the kidney that's in this organ complex, and that's very rich in selenium, which is great for the immune system. So when I think about the organ complex, I think about nutrients like B vitamins, B12, vitamin B2, vitamin A. You also have coenzyme Q10, you have selenium, zinc, copper. This is going to really support your energy, your mental clarity, your immune system, as well as good, healthy skin. Guys, check it out. Go to paleovalley .com forward slash jockers and use the coupon code jockers for 15 % off. Check this out today. Welcome back to the podcast. Today, we're talking about one of my favorite topics. We're talking about fasting, intermittent fasting, extended fasting. I have got an expert, Ben Azadi, and he's going to be talking about tapping into your innate intelligence with fasting, and we're going to go through a lot of common fasting myths and really the truths about fasting, intermittent fasting, as well as extended fasting. A little bit about Ben. He is the author of four best -selling books, Keto Flex, which is a fantastic book that if you haven't read it, definitely check it out. Keto Flex, you can find that on Amazon. He also has written The Perfect Health Booklet, The Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet, and The Power of Sleep. Ben has been the go -to source for intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet. He's the host of a top 15 podcast, The Keto Camp Podcast, another really good podcast to check out. The Keto Camp Podcast, guys, check that out. It won the Keto Podcast of the Year in 2022 by the Metabolic Health Summit. Ben has the fastest -growing Keto Camp YouTube channel with over 150 ,000 subscribers. He also has a great TikTok channel with over 285 ,000 subscribers and over 46 million video downloads.
A highlight from The First Edition of Would You Let Joe Biden"
"Good morning America. Good Monday. Some of you are getting up and getting out the door. I'm glad I am with you. I'm Hugh Hewitt in Studio North going down to the Beltway this week. Oh, back to the Beltway. Gotta go do my work. Gotta go do my job. I want you to begin this segment with me by reflecting on how bad can the polls actually get for one person. Because John Ellis, now you've heard me mention John. John has been on the show before. Ellis on items the site formerly known as Twitter, now known as X, he produces two sub stacks. News items, which I read every morning before I go on the air. That's where I learned about Amazon investing in AI this morning. And political items, which is a second sub stack. And that just collects all the political data. And for years and years and years, John Ellis was the man behind the curtain at News Corp. And he ran the decision desk when it actually ran well. And he ran many, many other things at News Corp. And he's a very, very smart guy. So Ellis puts out these two news sub stacks that I read. And one of them, political items, carries with it the additional benefit of sparing me from having to figure out which polls to read. Because every couple of weeks or three weeks, he puts out the polls in one place. So John Ellis knows polling. He knows which ones are trash. He does not send you the trash one. So I ignore all polls until I see a poll show up in the news items or political items. So polls in one place rolled in on Saturday morning. And I don't want to get sued for copyright. You should subscribe to polls in one place and political items. But John summarized three of these. Number one, NBC News. Three quarters of voters say they're concerned about President Joe Biden's age and mental fitness. Three quarters. Three quarters. Number two, Washington Post ABC News. A Washington Post ABC News poll finds President Biden struggling to gain approval from a skeptical public. With dissatisfaction growing over his handling of the economy and immigration, a rising share saying the United States is doing too much to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia, and broad concerns about his age as he seeks a second term. More than three in five Democrats say they would prefer a nominee other than Biden. And the Post ABC poll shows Joe Biden trailing Donald Trump by 10 points. Then number three, the New York Times. President Biden is underperforming among nonwhite voters in the New York Times Santa College national polls over the last year. And this result marked a — represent a, quote, marked deterioration in Mr. Biden's support among non -Anglo voters. Those are the three big polls of the weekend, and they're all related to Joe Biden's age. So I've asked Generalissimo to assist me in diagnosing the problem here. And so just a yes or no, are you with me, Generalissimo? No. All right, good. Would you let Joe Biden prepare dinner for eight people? No. Would you let Joe Biden do the shopping for a dinner for eight people? No. Would you let Joe Biden make your family's reservations for a week's vacation at Disney World? Oh, hell no. Would you let Joe Biden book the flights for that vacation? No. Would you let Joe Biden drive the youth group van to the beach for Sunday at the beach? Absolutely not. Would you let Joe Biden chaperone the sixth grade astronomy camp overnight trip? Not even with your kids. Would you let Joe Biden invest your 401k? Would you let Joe Biden pick the paint colors for your church or your school remodel? No. Would you let Joe Biden select the menu for your daughter's wedding? No. Would you let Joe Biden lead a group of second graders through the Smithsonian Natural History? Stop, stop. I gotta... No. Just stay in the lane, please. I just want to know. These are just questions. Would you let Joe Biden lead a second grade group through the Smithsonian? Would you let him lead a high school group through the Smithsonian? Would you drop him off in front of an NFL stadium, give him a ticket, and tell him you'll see him in the seats? I don't think so. Would you let him be the president of a state university? Oh, no. Would you let him be the president of a private liberal arts college? No. Would you let him run a large public high school? No. How about a small private high school? How about a junior high school? Nowhere near kids, no. How about an elementary school? Absolutely not. A preschool? Absolutely not. Would you let Joe Biden run a 7 -Eleven? No, he doesn't have the right accent. Would you let Joe Biden run a sporting goods store? No. A multiplex? No. Would you let Joe run the candy and soda counter at the multiplex? It's too confusing, no. Would you let him run a Macy's? A McDonald's? No. A Houston's restaurant? No. Would you let him run an airport? Negative. Would you let him run the parking at the high school football game? No. Would you let him run a high school speech tournament? Too many kids, no. How about a swim meet? No. Would you let Joe Biden run any business with 10 employees? No. Would you let him run a business with 100 employees? No. Would you let him do HR for a business with 10 employees? No. Would you let him run the gift wrap sales fundraiser for your kids school? No. Would you let him run the thrift shop inventory day? No. Would you let him run a car dealership? Negative. Would you let him run a church fundraiser? No. A church service? No. A service station? No. Would you let him run a piano recital for 20 students under the age of 10? How about 10 students under the age of 10? No kids, no. Would you let him announce graduation at MIT? Would you let him announce graduation for any college? Have you heard him? No. Would you let him run an eighth grade graduation? No. Would you let him run the change of command at any duty station for any branch of the armed services anywhere in the Americas or in the worldwide distribution of our defense facilities? Not unless you wanted to create an incident, no. Would you let him drive a truck? Well, he's already claimed it, no. Would you let him drive a car that you're riding in the passenger seat? Not unless I was heavily insured. Would you let him fire a pistol at a range? Oh, hell no. Would you let him fire a rifle at a range? No. A machine gun? No. Bazooka? No. Would you let him get into a tank and fire a tank? I'm seeing a pattern here, no. Would you let him direct the drone strike? No. Would you let him drive a little tiny boat whaler, you know, a 12 -foot whaler? I would let him pilot your dinghy, no. Would you let him drive a criss -craft with an outboard motor? No. Of a yacht, a big yacht? No. Would you let him command the deck of a freighter? A freighter? No. How about a destroyer? Uh, I'm thinking not. Submarine? No. Aircraft carrier? No. All right. Could you imagine Stav with him on deck? What would you let Joe Biden do? Retire. No, but I mean, really, seriously, is there anything you'd let him do to put him in charge of, because this is my first edition of would you let Joe Biden dot, dot, dot? Nothing complicated because he gets confused easy. Nothing with kids because we kind of know about that. No, there's nothing the guy can do. He has shown no knowledge of market economics, free market economics. He has no idea how supply and demand works. No, but I'm just talking about give me something that he can do because we've got to get a retirement hobby for him. A retirement hobby? Checkers. Do you think he could win at checkers ever? It's yeah, he could he could run he could run an ice cream stand. I we I covered that. You were gonna let him run a 7 -Eleven. I don't know. I covered the gift wrap. 7 -Eleven is more complicated than an ice cream stand because gas is involved. But but I asked you about the the gift wrap fundraising. I want every mom in America ice cream. Well, no, every parent driving to school in America right now knows fall is the season for fundraisers. So we got the call from the granddaughter over the weekend. Hey, Nana, which is the fetching Mrs. Hewitt, right? Would you buy gift wrap? And of course, we're probably gonna have enough gift wrap for the rest of the five seasons. Yeah, yeah. Five seasons of gift wrap. Yes. And and now the flash is probably going to come up with candy bar. You know, it's just fundraising season, right? And so it's better than raffle tickets. I hate raffle tickets. Yeah. Gift wrap you can at least put in the closet and it'll be there when when she has to clean out the house. You are what we call in in in the school trade. You are what we call an easy mark. A mark. Yeah. Yes. And and you wouldn't even let Joe button out. For those of you who are new to the audience, we've added affiliates recently. Dwayne is an ex band parent who keeps getting dragged back in. And when he was a band parent, he ran parking at the at the battle of the band. Do you know what I'm doing now? Do you know what I'm doing this this year? What I'm doing? What? I had to stand up along with my wife, stand up a snack bar outside of girls volleyball. All right. Would you let Joe Biden run that? Not in your wildest dreams, because because one money's involved and two girls are nearby. But I mean, OK, then Paul back a year or two. No, you let him direct parking at the Battle of the Bands. Oh, not unless you wanted a wreck.
A highlight from "Build the Life You Want" with Arthur C. Brooks (full interview)
"The United States Border Patrol has exciting and rewarding career opportunities with the nation's largest law enforcement organization. Earn great pay, outstanding federal benefits, and up to $20 ,000 in recruitment incentives. Learn more online at CBP .gov slash careers slash USBP. Joined now by my old friend, Arthur Brooks. Now, if you've been listening to the show for a while, 10 years ago, you may recall Arthur sat in for me a couple of times as guest host. He was then the president of the American Enterprise Institute. Since then, he's written a couple of great bestsellers and has begun a must -read column in the Atlantic on happiness, taken up a professorship at Harvard Business School, and is now the author of this book, which I suspect by today is the number one selling book in America on Amazon, "'Build the Life You Want' by Arthur Brooks and Oprah Winfrey." Arthur joins me now. Good morning, Arthur, how are ya? Good morning, my friend Hugh. You said I'm your old friend. Do I look old to you? Do I seem old to you? No, no, no, but that's just in terms of, it seems like I've been talking to you for a lot longer than 10 years, but I've been listening to you for a lot longer than that. Arthur, I wanna begin with a hook. I wanna begin with a hook. We'll get everyone in. How does caffeine work? You explain it in the book, and that's like a hook. Yeah, for sure. Caffeine is a really interesting drug because it doesn't actually pep you up. It makes you feel peppy because it's actually blocking the receptors for a molecule that will make you feel lethargic called adenosine. Here's basically how it works. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter floating around your brain. It has certain receptors that fit the molecule. When it goes into those receptors, you feel lethargic. It kinda slows you down. When you wake up in the morning, there's a bunch of these floating around your brain. If you put it in caffeine, they're shaped the same way as the adenosine molecules, and they go into the adenosine's parking spots, so you can't relax. That's what you're actually doing with caffeine. Now, if you do it too much, you'll feel kinda jittery because you need a little bit of this adenosine, but that's how caffeine works. It's sitting in somebody else's parking spot.
Monitor Show 15:00 09-24-2023 15:00
"When professional soccer player Marcus Rashford injured his shoulder, he turned to Resle's virtual reality training program to help him maintain his skills and return to the field with confidence. Learn more at meta .com slash metaverse impact. Wash it in your washing machine if you have to and bring it back and put it back on the shelves. This is Bloomberg Business Week, I'm Carol Masser. And I'm Tim Steneveck, stay with us today's top stories and global business headlines are coming up right now. TikTok is a platform of the Communist Chinese government. They're collecting data on Americans every single day. Meantime, on the statewide level, 18 state attorneys general now say they support Montana's ban on TikTok. TikTok, though, is already fighting back and suing Montana over the ban. The Montana bill that was recently passed is simply unconstitutional. TikTok CEO Shou Chu. We have more than 150 million Americans on Amazon and Walmart .com. They may also face more TikTok competition overseas. Globally, TikTok Shop aims to reach 20 billion dollars in gross merchandise value this year. That's four times as much as last year. Denise Pellegrini, Bloomberg Radio. If I could be you, and you could be me, for just one hour, if you could find a way to get inside each other's mind, walk a mile in my shoes. Walk a mile in my shoes. Walk a mile in my shoes. We've all felt left out.
A highlight from Four Questions to Save Your Marriage
"Welcome to the Growing in Love for Life podcast, where it's all about saving and strengthening your marriage and creating the relationship you really deserve and want to have. And now from growinginloveforlife .com, relationship and marriage coach and bestselling author, your host, Liam Naden. This is episode 27 of the Growing in Love for Life podcast. And hi everyone, it's Liam Naden back again with a new episode of our Growing in Love for Life podcast. It's great to be here and I've got some information today that I'm really excited to tell you about. And I've called this episode four questions to save your marriage. Now it's hard to believe we're actually onto episode 27 of these podcasts. And I hope you've been listening to some of the previous ones. I know a lot of people have listened to to all of the podcasts, which is great. And I hope I've been able to give you some ideas and strategies and techniques and things that you can actually apply to your own marriage situation, and which hopefully will make a to save your marriage, which is obviously what this is all about. But you know, it struck me the other day, and this is really one of the reasons I came up with the topic for these four questions that are going to help you save your marriage. And it struck me here we are in our 27th episode. And with 27 episodes, you've got in your hands a huge resource. You know, we've, we've covered an awful lot of ground in these podcasts, we've covered everything from how to forgive your spouse for things that they've done wrong or ways they've hurt you, how to create better communication in your, in your marriage, the sorts of things you should do to save your marriage, other things you shouldn't do. We've created an enormous, there's a big resource here now of information that you can use. And of course, I've also got two very powerful relationship programs. One is my seven -day program, Stop Your Divorce, How to Save Your Marriage When Your Spouse Doesn't Want To. And that's a very powerful step -by -step program when your relationship is in a crisis and your spouse wants to leave, or maybe they already have, and you want to stop your divorce. So I really hope you'll check that program out if you're in that situation. Or I've also got my 30 -day program, my Save Your Marriage Relationship Transformation program. And this is for people who have really lost their way in their marriage, and maybe their spouse wants to leave as well, but this goes into a lot more depth in how to really rebuild the intimacy, the communication, the passion in your marriage, and get things right back on track. So I hope you'll check out those two programs, because they really are the best of my information given to you in a step -by -step plan that's proven to work, it's helped a lot of couples to save their marriage. So check those out. But in these podcasts, and in my books as well, if you've read any of those, and just a word about my Kindle books, I'm really proud of them, I've created a series called the Growing in Love for Life series. And many of them have gone on to become bestsellers on Amazon Kindle. But in all of those things, I've really tried to do two things. The first thing is to give you, as I said earlier, practical things that you can do immediately that are going to create a noticeable difference straight away to your marriage situation and improvement. But the other thing is, I'm also trying to give you some ideas to get you thinking in a different way. And actually, I think that's the more important. Because what happens when you get new ideas and new thoughts, and when you start thinking in a different way, you create new behaviors, and that leads to different results. And Einstein has a quote, we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. And I think that's so true. And that's why we've got to change our thoughts, change the way we think if we want to get a different result. And I think, just to digress a little bit, but what we're seeing today is a big shift in the way people are being helped to deal with their problems in their life. And that comes down to relationships and marriage coaching as well. And I think this is going to be a big, a much greater shift in the future, but it's effective, and it's very effective because what it actually does is it's a shift away from just simply giving people the answers to actually giving people the right questions, and helping them to come up with the answers that are right for them. This isn't to say that you don't need to know the right things to do. You do need the answers, but you also need to know how to ask the right questions. And that's what we're going to do in this podcast as well, is help you create some more of the right questions and come up with better answers and better solutions. All right, so that brings me to today's topic, which is really about asking the right questions. And I've got four questions for you, and they are four questions that really have the potential and power to help you save your marriage. And just a quick word about these questions. Obviously, as I've said in so many of my podcasts, when I ask you a question, the key is that it's vital that you answer these questions honestly. I mean, at the end of the day, they're only for your benefit anyway. But if you do commit to answering them honestly, and particularly the four questions I'm going to cover today, you may well find all sorts of feelings come up for you. And they might be things that are not very pleasant. You might start to feel guilty, or regret, or anger, or sadness. And above all, you might even feel some anxiety and even some fear. Now, if that happens, you can actually be really pleased and take heart because it not only means you're on the right track, but it also means that you're going to be much closer to resolving your marriage situation than otherwise, because you're going to come up with some powerful answers and you're going to experience that shift in your thinking that I was talking about earlier. And that's really what's going to make the difference. So because of that, you also might want to make a few notes of, as we go along with these questions, write down your answers, and you might even want to pause the audio as well. Give yourself some time, it's really important that you give yourself some time to answer these questions. All right, well, I hope I have, now that I've mentioned that sort of warning, if you like, I hope I haven't scared you off. No, really, this is a very exciting process, and I think you'll be very glad you went through and answered these four questions. So let's get onto those questions now. And they're actually all why questions, they're all questions that start with why. And I think why questions are really the most powerful types of questions that we can ask, because they really deal with the underlying reasons behind things. And this is when you get to the heart of things, and you get to really understand what's going on in a situation, and it's really only by understanding what's going on in a situation and addressing things honestly, that you can start to do some of the things that are really going to work that are going to make the real difference. All right, so let's get onto the first question. And just as way of introducing this question, I just want to fill you in on a little bit of my own personal story. Now, you might have heard a bit about me or read a little bit about me and how I came to be working in this whole relationship coaching area, and how I managed to be perfectly honest to get such very effective results, which is great. And it really comes back to what happened to me. And it wasn't so long ago, I was going through my second divorce. Yes, I was not good at marriage, perfect candidate to be teaching it. But anyway, things are really messy. I'd lost everything. And I mean everything. I was living on my mother's sofa at the time, sleeping in her living room. I'd lost everything I had, my friends, my businesses, my income, all my possessions. Not only that, I was in court with both of my ex -wives at the same time. They were both having me in court and trying to attack me, as it were. So when all this was going on, and I'm sure you'd agree, I wasn't exactly feeling good, but I asked myself a very good question. And that's the first of the four questions that I want you to ask for yourself today. And that is, why am I in this situation? So really think about that for yourself. Why are you in the situation you're in with your marriage? If your spouse wants to leave, why do they want to leave? Why has the intimacy gone from your marriage? Why are you having these problems? Why are you in this situation? Now if you're really honest with yourself, and I hope you are, you realize that a lot of it, a lot of your current situation, if not all of it, has to do with decisions that you have made and things that actually are within your control. So they're things that you've done or things that you've not done. Things that maybe you've ignored when you shouldn't have. You know, maybe you've seen some warning signs and you've just chosen to ignore them. Maybe there are some things that you should have said, but you didn't say them. You just kept them inside. But whatever the reasons, it's about realizing that you actually do have some responsibility for the situation you're in. And, you know, maybe if your husband or wife is having an affair or they want to leave you, it's not just about what they've done or are doing. You know, really ask yourself that question, why am I in the situation that I'm in? And when you ask that question and you really accept that you have some responsibility for where you are, that's a wonderful place to be because it puts you in a position of power. So instead of feeling helpless and powerless, now you know you can do something about it. So that's the very first question to ask yourself. Why am I in this situation? Really powerful. Think about that one. Right. The second question. And again, this, I think, is a very profound question to ask yourself. Why do I want to save my marriage? That's a big question. Why do I want to save my marriage? And this is often the very first question I ask people when they come to me and and ask for help. I say, why do you why do you want to save your marriage? And this means you really need to search very deeply into yourself to uncover the real reasons for why you want to save your marriage. In fact, I've covered this whole thing in a previous podcast. But don't just say, well, it's because I love them and I want to be with them. You know, it's the first reaction. But no, that's not. I don't believe the real reason is that I mean, you can still love your husband and your wife and not be married to them. And if they're making you if you say, well, I want to be with them. But well, if they're making you miserable, then why would you want to be with them anyway? Right now, I'm not saying here that you should leave your marriage, but I'm saying you've got to answer this question. Why do I really want to save my marriage? Now, one way to help come up with the real answers to this is to ask yourself another question, which is, what am I afraid will happen if my marriage ends? You know, what am I afraid of? What am I afraid will happen if my marriage ends? And very often people want to save their marriage because they're afraid of what they think is going to happen if they're not married. They're afraid of things like how they're going to make a living or maintain their lifestyle. They're afraid of the potential impact on their children, or whether they're going to be even more unhappy than they are now. And all of these fears, you know, what are they afraid of that will happen if their marriage ends? All of these fears really come down to a fear of the unknown, a fear of the future, not knowing what's going to happen. And the problem with that is it keeps people stuck. And one of the things we call this place is a comfort zone. And a comfort zone doesn't need to be comfortable. It can be absolutely horrible, but it will be comfortable because at least you know what it looks and feels like. So a lot of people want to save their marriage because they think, well, at least I know what it's miserable, but at least I know where I am. I'm not having to step out into the wide world of total the unknown. So ask yourself that question. You need to come up with the real reasons why you want to save your marriage. And then you need to look at them and you need to say, are these really the right reasons to stay married? And really, if I do stay married, am I going am I going to be able to be happy? Now, hopefully, of course, the answer is yes. But you need to be really honest about it. And unless you are, and I'm sure you can see by now that unless you are really honest with these questions, you're really not going to be able to save your marriage anyway. All right. So that's question number two. Question number three. Why am I allowing my current situation to continue? In other words, why am I putting up with this? Why am I putting up with the current situation and allowing myself and probably my spouse and my children to remain unhappy? Now, if you've answered the previous two questions honestly with yourself, if you've been honest with yourself and if you've given them a lot of thought, then you're probably already getting some ideas, some new ideas on things that you could be doing differently, things that you know are probably going to make a positive difference. In that case, you know, you really need to ask yourself, why am I allowing my current situation to continue? You know, why am I if I know some things I should be doing, but I'm not doing them, why is that? You know, why am I just allowing things to continue the way they are? Because the truth is, you are allowing it to. You know, you might think that it's out of your control. But remember, the previous two questions, by now you realize things are very much in your control and you and you have a responsibility. So if you're just allowing your current, if you're not changing anything, you simply are allowing your current situation to continue. And of course, when you think about the answers, what might come into your head? What's going to surface again when you really think about it? What are your fears, isn't it? Isn't it true that there are things that you fear that are stopping you from taking actions, from doing things that you know you should or even not doing things that you know you shouldn't, but you're not doing them? But just becoming aware of these things is going to make a big difference. So ask yourself that question, why am I allowing my current situation to continue? Even though I know there are some things that I could be doing differently that would make a difference. You know, Bob Proctor, the well -known speaker, he says, our problem is not knowing what to do. Our problem is not knowing why we're not doing it. That's very profound, isn't it? Really think about that. Our problem is not knowing what to do. Maybe you've already got some ideas on what to do, some new ideas, but our problem is not knowing why we're not doing it. And it really comes down to our fears. So think about the fears behind your answers when you answer that question. Why am I just allowing my current situation to continue and realize that you are? All right, well, the fourth and last question, and this is a biggie. And this question is, why am I not doing everything I can to save my marriage? Now, your first reaction when you hear that question might be, but I am doing everything I can. I'm working really hard. I'm I'm, you know, reading everything I can. I'm doing all these things. I'm trying to make my my husband or wife feel really good. I'm putting myself out. I'm I'm spending all my time thinking about it. I'm I'm really trying to figure out what to do. I'm talking to other people. I'm doing everything I can. But the truth is, if you're really honest with yourself, you're not doing everything, are you? You know, there's a story about J. Abraham, the marketing guru, and people would say to him that they were doing everything they could to create a particular result. And he'd say, all right, well, don't tell me everything, but just tell me the first hundred things you're doing to get the result you want. And of course, people would sort of stop for a moment and they might start to, you know, say a few things. They normally get to about 10. And of course, that would be it. No, you're not doing everything you can to save your marriage, are you? So you need to ask yourself, why aren't you doing everything you can? I mean, there are so many things you could be doing that you're not doing. I mean, for a start, you could listen to every single episode of my podcast. As I said, there's 27 of them now. There's a huge resource that you could listen to all of those. That's one thing you could do. I've also got two very powerful coaching programs that have been proven to save marriages that are going to show you exactly what to do to save your marriage. You could do that. And I've also there's there's other information you can find elsewhere as well. You're not doing everything, are you? That's the truth. So why aren't you? And let's look at this for a moment, because, you know, and I'm being brutally honest here, but I am about being honest because I want you to get the result you're looking for. And you're only going to get it if you're honest with yourself and I'm honest with you. So so, you know, a lot of people contact me or some people contact me and they say, look, I'm really desperate to save my marriage. And I'd love I'll do anything I really will. And I'd love to do your program. But and then the excuse comes along. And often it might be, but I don't have the time, time to do it. Oh, really? OK, well, you know, try and find the time for divorce because it's going to take a lot of your time. All right. But you know what I mean? Or they say they can't afford it. You know, it's too expensive. Well, for a start, to be honest, those programs are not expensive. They also come with a guarantee. And there's one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty, and that's the most expensive thing you will ever do in your life is go through a divorce. I can guarantee you that. So it's going to cost you far more than you can imagine to get a divorce. And it's going to cost you many, many times the cost of the program to show you exactly how to avoid it. So you need to ask yourself that question. Why am I not doing everything I can to save my marriage? And when you really ask yourself that question, you're going to come up with some pretty interesting answers. And again, very likely what's going to come up are your fears. You know, perhaps you've thought of doing something, but you think, well, no, it's not going to work. Or you don't necessarily think it won't work, but you're not sure that it will work. So you think you're going to be wasting your money. Or you might think your spouse might be angry with you for having tried something and it being a failure. So it's that fear of failure with you, if you like. Or they might even criticize you for trying. And that's what some people say to me. Well, I can't do this program because if my spouse finds out they're going to be really angry. And I say, well, the alternative is you get divorced and it won't really matter, will it? So is that really a big issue? Or maybe some people also have a fear that it's going to make things worse. But again, how much worse does it have to get? Is it really going to matter if it gets a lot worse? There's nothing worse than divorce, is there? Now, the truth is, of course, you don't have to try everything to save your marriage. You only need to do what works. But you have to be prepared to try everything until you find the thing that works for you. And that might be after 10 things, trying 10 things, and then you find the thing that works. It might be after 100 things. But you have to be prepared to do anything, to keep going until you find what it is that gives you the result that you want. So ask yourself that question, that's the fourth question. Why am I not doing everything I can to save your marriage? Ask that question. Why am I not doing everything I can to save my marriage? Okay, well there are four very powerful questions and I really have found in working with people and through my programs and through coaching that they're questions that really have the potential to massively change your results in terms of saving your marriage. So please spend time thinking about them and really be honest with yourself as well. Because when you're honest with yourself, what happens is you come up with the right answers and that's all that matters is the right answers. And you'll start to see the things that you're afraid of that are stopping you from doing the right things. And that's really, really important. So they're four very powerful questions that are really worth spending some time on. Now I mentioned earlier about my two programs and I do just want to remind you that there's something that I feel very passionate about because I've seen the impact the ideas of my programs really do in helping people save their marriage. And one of the most fulfilling things in my life is seeing two people who have got a great relationship when it turns sour, not throwing it away. Realizing that just a few things that you do differently can bring you back together again, can bring back the magic that you used to have. And it really is a privilege to be able to show people just those little things that make a massive difference. So I really would encourage you, if you like the things that I'm saying to you in these podcasts and you feel that I can help you, have a look at my two programs, my Stop Your Divorce Program and my Save Your Marriage Relationship Transformation Program and all the information is available on my website, LiamNaden .com, as well as other information as well. So thanks very much for joining me again on this podcast episode. If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to email me at LiamNaden at gmail .com. Otherwise, I look forward to helping you soon and talking to you soon. Thanks again and bye for now.
A highlight from Beyond the dashboard: HumanFirst uses AI to offer a highly customized view, enabling better decisions, Podcast
"This is Doug Green and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller and I'm very pleased to have with us for the first time, Greg Whiteside, who's the co -founder and CEO of Human First. Greg, thank you for joining us today. Thanks, Doug. It's a pleasure to be on your show. Well, as I was just mentioning in our run up to recording this podcast, it's very rare for me to be able to do a podcast where the word human is anywhere in the title of even the podcast or the title of the company or anywhere. So that's a kind of refreshing new things. You're a relatively new company. You're in the AI field, but I think you're doing something very interesting and exciting in the AI world. So we're going to be jumping in on that and looking at that in just a second. But first, what is Human First? Human First is a data productivity suite for text and conversational data. So we help teams make sense of large amounts of unstructured data and turn it into very actionable insights that help drive their product and strategy, and also build AI projects faster by leveraging the data that they have. Now, you said something I haven't heard before in our discussion before we started our podcast, the search for use case zero. What's that all about? So I was talking about use case zero in the context of large language models and specifically how enterprise can leverage large models today in repeatable use cases. So since the since chat GPT came out, Human First, like all companies, looked at the impact that it would have on us and where things were moving. We had a lot of great insights already in terms of the conversational AI, and in general, text AI, and started really trying to understand what is the most repeatable high value use case that we believe any enterprise customer can apply large language models to today. We've heard from our customers and from a lot of other companies that this is a very high priority for them, their boards, you know, to show that they're embracing and that they're leveraging this technology. But a lot of the use cases that we saw were very experimental and hard to, you know, hard to do in a repeatable way. So we've been really focused on making sure that we understand what is the most repeatable high value use case. And this use case zero, we think, is really around using large language models today to make sense of large amounts of unstructured data in ways that weren't possible before with technologies like natural language understanding or, you know, even even more basic than that keyword search or semantic search. So you were telling me that your your major customers consist actually of enterprises, is that right? Yep, that's right. So we work with customers across all verticals from financial sector to medical sectors to telcos. And we work also with a lot of consulting management companies and agencies. So Greg, why did they turn to you? So our customers all share the same problem. They're interested in building and improving their customer experience with automations with AI. Some of them have deployed and productized some products, and they reach a certain point where they realize that the AI models are not the limiting factor anymore. It's the quality of the data that they're preparing and that they're using to train the AI that becomes a bottleneck. So our tool helps those teams really work efficiently on that unstructured data and make it very useful for training AI. Now with large language models, what we're understanding as well is that it's not just about training AI and building automation. If you can help organizations make better prioritization calls around what should be automated, what are the problems that can be solved with AI, and what is the best way to tackle those problems, you can see even bigger efficiency gains. So we're helping teams not only improve the quality and the speed with which they develop AI, but also make better decisions in terms of what should be automated by starting from the ground truth, which is in their voice of the customer and other conversational channels. So Greg, could you give me an example of maybe where you started working with an enterprise customer and sort of before and after kind of thing? Yeah, absolutely. So one of our customers is one of the largest last mile delivery companies, not only Canada, they're also working in the United States. So they're very strong partners with Amazon, do thousands of deliveries every day, and their contact center staffed by humans and with very little automation. So they came to us because they know that in certain periods of the year, there's a lot of influx of calls, and ultimately, they want to improve the customer experience and the automation levels. But they weren't sure, like a lot of call centers out there, exactly what the problems are, but mostly be able to prove out almost the business case for those and the ROI before even starting the project. So what we saw is they really wanted to have a data driven kind of approach to identifying what are the top opportunities for automation or product improvements, because it's not all about AI, it's also about identifying, you know, opportunities within the operations or product itself. So with Human First, we're able to ingest all of their contacts and all their call data, and very, very quickly build a very custom taxonomy of the call drivers, but also more deeply than that, the resolutions, actions taken by agents within the calls, you know, with the use of large language models, which allow us to do this analysis at a higher level than, you know, the raw unstructured data itself. And this allowed us to bring, you know, to surface some really, really key insights around some major blockers or friction points that affected, you know, over 30 % of the calls that they had, that with simple automation that we can show the functionality of, because we have all the flows and the edge cases in the conversations to show how you would solve it, you know, leads to a very big reduction in terms of time spent by the agents. So this is the type of project where, you know, with the right data -driven tools like Human First, you can start from the data and look for opportunities or problems to solve. And we did this really successfully with this last mile delivery company, and they're currently automating those flows that we brought to them and expect, you know, millions in ROI from that work. Now, was there an impact, let's go a little bit deeper on this, was there an impact on employee experience? Let's start there on EX. Yeah, so to be transparent, so the part of the project and what we bring is really this data -driven decision engine saying, here are the opportunities, here's the detailed, you know, analysis showing what are the different ways that you're going to need to be able to automate this particular, you know, within the contact center platform, which happens to be Amazon. So I'll be able to report on the, you know, end user experience from that particular project probably within a few weeks. Right. And that'll be the CX part, the customer experience part. Exactly. Yeah. You know, stepping back from that specific example, though, it sounds like this is the human part, that the human being that called in, the human being that's actually taking the call, the idea basically is everybody's having a better experience due to the automation. Is that the idea? Everyone is having a better experience if the friction points that can be, you know, within that conversation avoided, you know, lead to higher quality interactions afterwards. So to give an example, for this customer, I was talking about a really big part of the conversations was about figuring out the customer's ID and validating the user. And there's really, you know, much easier ways to do that than via human conversation. But it doesn't mean that the rest of the conversation can't be human to human. In certain cases, it's necessary. So, you know, Greg, how does this offer value to the enterprise at the end of the day? We're seeing enterprise really need to look at their data under a very custom lens. What we're solving in a sense is that a lot of the a lot of the products out there that help companies make sense of their data are very top down in black box, in a sense, they're really favoring speed and simplicity, kind of like a one click, put in your data one click, and will give you visualizations and dashboards. What we know is that that's not very actionable. And the reason is that those dashboards and insights are very hard to tailor automatically to your specific business and needs. So with a tool like ours, the real value prop is that we help build an extremely custom view into what's happening within the organization. And that in turn helps drive really data driven decisions and identify opportunities that you might not even have known you had. And we're really going from a lens where AI is a tool, but not every problem should be solved by AI. In certain cases, improving the product itself or parts of the operation will have a much bigger impact than automating the customer's requests later on. So what ultimately we want to help companies do is almost replace the customer support by fixing identifying and fixing problems upstream. And that's really done when you're able to have such a very custom understanding of what's going on and the data to back up the solutions to solve them. So that was very interesting that the ROI eventually is really maybe in the finding out of something you weren't even looking for. Exactly. And I think that's where our tool is very agnostic to the use case you apply it to. You can apply it to explore data, to improve AI training data, and to apply exploration to different types of data. And it's true that I think the biggest ROI you can bring to an enterprise is to help them tap into something like that data that they were never leveraging before. And that has a multiplicative effect, I would say, within the organization. And organizations that we're working with are building this data practice of centralizing their data and of disseminating kind of the value across different projects. And I think it's hard sometimes to measure the direct ROI of that. But clearly, we believe that it's this data that holds a lot of value for enterprise companies moving forward. Well, Greg, I really want to thank you for joining us and giving us a first look at Human First, and an interesting look at doing AI a little bit differently and approaching this challenge in a very different way. Where can we learn more about Human First? Yeah, I invite you to come to our website, www .humanfirst .ai, reach out to our team, there's a contact us button. And yeah, we'll be very, very happy to run you through the platform and to talk about your needs. Well, I hope to hear more good things from Human First in the future. I hope we do get to do this again and get an update on what you guys are doing. But for now, I want to thank you for joining us today. Thanks, Doug. It was a real pleasure. Thank you for having me.
"amazon" Discussed on Trivia With Budds
"What it be and welcome to another episode of the trivia with buds, podcast, I'm your host Ryan buds, and I got a tip for you. It's very important tip if you use zoom, okay? So I had a big show the other day. 1300 people on this call. And I was supposed to host trivia. And I it was two calls. Sorry, so it was like 800 people and 500 people for a total of 1300. One of the shows worked out okay. The other show, it would not let more than a hundred people in my zoom room. And what happened was I purchased the add on large meeting add on, which adds on up to a thousand people can join your zoom room. But I guess I did not assign the license assign it to my license or something like that. So this is just warning. If you're a trivia host or you have to use zoom for some major presentation, make sure if you buy an add on that you assign it to your email address or assign the license to email address. I still don't really understand what I didn't do because I've done this before and I swear I've never had to assign anything because I'm the only person I made account. But it was a huge blunder in terms of technical stuff. Probably my biggest one in all the post COVID, you know, march of 2020 to now, in like 1100 shows. And we had to end up completely rescheduling the second show because only a hundred people would be let in the room, not the 800 or 900 that were trying to get in. So it was crazy. It was a very stressful thing. And I'm sharing it now with you. Because it was, it was terrible. So if you have something to come up and you happen to use zoom, make sure if you buy those add ons that you are assigning them to your user, your email, your license, one of those three things. But there you go. There's my tip for you for all the people who listen who host things. We've got a great episode for you on Amazon today all about Amazon around the crazy huge company. Before we do that, let's do this one, which is the geek out challenge card. Name two films in which Jennifer Lawrence appears. Name two actors who have starred on more than two TV shows. Name four book titles that take place in India. Name 6 songs with the word baby and the title. And name four celebrities who have twins. Those are your warm up challenges for today and we are diving into all things Amazon. Right now, here we go. All right, it's all about Amazon here's question number one. Upon its launch during the 1990s, Amazon.com exclusively sold, which type of product. Number one upon its launch in the 90s, Amazon.com exclusively sold which type of product. Number two, representing the fact that Amazon sells nearly everything the arrow in the Amazon logo begins and ends at which two letters, representing the fact that Amazon sells nearly everything, the arrow and Amazon logo begins and ends with which two letters.
"amazon" Discussed on Stuff You Should Know
"Cool. Yeah, you got your eyes out for the Jaguar and you're like, look out for that dolphin. The pink one coming at you. Yeah, and they're pink ish, like I was expecting a more pink than I got when I looked them up. But yeah, they're pinkish. And it looks like they're little snouts are way, way longer, right? Yeah, they do look, they needed to burrow past all the stumps in the flooded forest. And if you want color, my friend, forget the pink river dolphins, and focus your attention on poison dart frogs. And stay away. Don't get close, look at pictures. There's dozens and dozens of species of them. And they are so beautiful. They're just like the different colors and how vibrant they are. How is that not glow in the dark paint? It just, it's just mind boggling, but ironically, so they're called poison dart frogs because tribes have used their toxins that they naturally secrete for blow dart hunting, right? That's where they get their name. But ironically, the least colorful of them all, the golden poison dart frog is the deadliest. They have enough toxin in them to kill ten people. This tiny little frog does. So steer clear of the golden poison dart frog. If there's one lesson in this episode, it's that. We won't get too detailed, but there are all kinds of rodents. There are all kinds of terrestrial mammals roaming the ground. The birds just forget about it. I mean, you want to go see a toucan up in a tree. Or a macaw, that's where you're going to find them. And that's, I think, would be one of the coolest parts for me is looking up and seeing those birds that you've seen in cartoons and they're real and they're just flying wild. Yeah, flying past you going, just follow my nose. You got electric eels. You got tarantulas. You got piranhas and snakes. All kinds of things also want to kill you in the Amazon. Yeah, the bullet ant, which is the insect with the most painful sting of any living thing in the world, lives in the Amazon. Yeah, no, thank you. And I came across one more thing about animals. I came across another word that is kind of like mast that I love. Browse, just like just like you browse through a book browse is a word for the leaves and twigs of trees and shrubs the animals eat. I like that. You got brows, you got masks, put it together. You got a dinner for it to appear. What's it to beer? So we'll go ahead and say. So it looks like it looks like a pig with a short elephant trunk, but it's more related to horses and rhinoceros. Yeah, I think we should do something on piranha at some point. Maybe a shorty. The movie? Well, we'd have to mention it. Sure. But yeah, because I think piranha misunderstood and, you know, growing up in the 70s and 80s, probably because of that movie. I think that was the notion that it's like playground stuff that you hear, like if you fall in a pool of piranhas and you'll be bones in 5 minutes. And that kind of thing. And I don't think that's true because I always kind of had that notion, and then when you would see people in the rivers of the Amazon, where there are piranha, I would just be like, what are you doing? You're about to be bones from the waist down. And that's just not the case. I think the coolest creepiest thing about the piranha is when you go to an aquarium and you see them and they're not moving. Because you're used to fish swimming around and those piranha are just motionless in water. I've never noticed that before, wow. Yeah, it's very unless those weren't real piranha. This wax piranha. Are they on the string? Yep. No, I think we'll have to get into that. But I know I've seen motionless piranha. There's one other thing to steer clear of and that's the candiru, which is a parasitic catfish that is found in the Amazon River. And if you're not careful, it will swim up your urethra. Oh, we talked about that in something. We should talk about that in every episode just to make sure that never happens to his stuff you should know listener. Yeah, wow. Okay. Yeah, Veronica and motionless for hours. I had to confirm that it wasn't crazy. Very nice. You're not crazy. I could have told you that. You want to take a break? Yeah, let's take our last break and we'll talk about, well, other great things you can find there and how humans are destroying
"amazon" Discussed on Stuff You Should Know
"But it'd be one of those things where I wish I could just teleport there and like hang out and then teleport home. Like this probably a big trip to get into the Amazon these days, you know? Yeah, and I'm also curious about what kind of trips are good trips that don't disturb things in such a way like where you're not just some credit American tourists doing the wrong thing for sure. For sure. But one of the things about the Amazon is that a lot of people take it as this pristine, untouched natural wilderness that we're trying to protect. And for a very long time, that's what that was the consensus, not just among the general public, but among anthropologists, archeologists, a bunch of different and that the people who had lived there lived so lightly upon the land that they were almost, you know, they were almost having about the same impact as some of the other like some of the wildlife there that it just wasn't, they weren't impacting it enough to even consider it a significant amount. And that that Amazon was just this natural gift on earth that we had as part of our cultural or global heritage, right? Yeah, like a giant international park or something. Exactly. So what we've come to find is that that's absolutely not the case that the Amazon was actually not entirely but significant chunks of it were engineered by humans. And that probably the best way to preserve it is to hand as much as we can of it over to the humans who have traditionally lived there who are the descendants of the people who engineered it years back. Yeah, which, well, we got some stats on that later, but I thought that was pretty cool. Yeah, for sure. So I should probably start further back than humans even because the Amazon has been around for about the last 15 million years and it started out as a giant Lake. Yeah, a big freshwater Lake, and over time, to the tune of millions of years, sea levels fell, and eventually, you know, things are going to change geologically speaking around it. And it became a wetlands, and then about 11 million ish years ago, it finally turned into a river system flowing east into the ocean. But that wasn't all, right? Things continued to change from there. Yeah, so basically the carved the rivers flowing from the headwaters and the Andes, eastward toward the Atlantic. They carved well, they made an impression on the continent, and they also brought sediment to the river, so soils started to grow. Which is really significant because tropical rainforests soil is typically rather infertile because it's so hot and so humid that stuff decomposes basically too quickly to create nutrients trapped in the soil. So the fact that there were sediments that there were nutrients being brought into it by the river is what allowed the Amazon basin to become so lush. Yeah, and diverse. So still, this is like 11 million ish years ago. You had savannahs. You had big patches. Olivia called them islands of forests. And he had all sorts of sort of smaller biomes, and then through different ice ages ages. We'll just call them ages. Sure. Things were changing, things were shifting. It became wetter, then it became drier, the river system would change direction, like in its flow. And basically, if you go back about 5 million years, is where you finally get to the point where the Amazon kind of, as we know it, BC speaking, I don't know, that's a word. But that's kind of where things started, as far as what we know, lives there today. Yeah. If you went back 5 million years, 4 million years, you would probably recognize it more than you would have several million years before that. Yeah. So for the past 13,000 years, at least, humans have been shaping the Amazon as well. We've talked a lot about some of the loss civilizations of the Maya. And other mesoamerican groups indigenous groups. Well, they were no strangers to the Amazon basin. And so in much the same way that we've discovered ancient Maya cities, we've also discovered other ancient cultures in the Amazon as well. We'll talk a little more about them in a second, but one of the big marks that humans left on the Amazon was something called Terra preta, which is black soil in Portuguese. And black soil refers to highly fertile, highly productive soil, found in huge swaths of the Amazon basin. That were basically created these soils were created a couple thousand years ago. They're still fertile today. You can still put a plant in the soil and not fertilize it, and it will grow very, very well, which again is really uncharacteristic for an Amazon rainforest, so they started looking into it and they found that there was a technique that was either purposeful or accidental either way it created this Terra preta where they would, they would create landscapes of biochar. They would do these low intensity burns that didn't burn trees all the way down into ash, but left huge chunks of charcoal, which got subsumed into the soil, along with food waste and sometimes broken pottery, and that that would hold this organic available carbon in the soil. Again, for thousands of years. And I feel like the consensus is leaning more toward this was a purposeful thing that they did to create the soil because we also know that they used it for agriculture too. Yeah, so the thought that it was just hunters and gatherers for many, many tens of thousands of years, is looking like that's not true, and it was more hunters and farmers. They probably did some gathering as well. I imagine. If there was something to gather, then we're like, I'm not gathering anything. It's not part of the job description. We know how to plan things. We know how to engineer this great soil. But there is evidence that they were domesticating plants back as far as like 6000 BCE. And on the same note, there's just so much we thought we knew about the early indigenous peoples of the Amazon that was completely wrong. As it turns out, and one is like how many people were there and how they lived. And what they basically kind of come to the conclusion now after a couple of hundred years of thinking otherwise is when Europeans would encounter a sort of smallish tribe of disparate people, it wasn't just that they were roaming around the Amazon. It's that they were displaced by those very Europeans and that at one time there were groups in the Amazon that numbered in the two or 3000s and that those groups lived near enough to each other where they were larger groups of up to like a million people that were like building roads in using sort of rudimentary tools and planting things. And building 6 story high complex structures. Yeah, there's one particular complex called the lanos de mos, it's about the size of England and it housed about a million people in I believe the beginning of the last millennium to about the 1400s, I think. And in particular, there was the Casa rabe culture. And they did what was considered low density urbanism, cultivated another letter in there, by the way. I looked it up. That's correct though. Oh really? So Olivia left it out.
"amazon" Discussed on Ambitious Entrepreneur Show
"Make it really convenient for the customer to make a purchase without adding these small individual items to their cart. So it really their customers love that. Yes. And it's almost like you don't know what you don't need. When you go shopping, I was just joking the other day with my husband because I just signed up to Amazon Prime. And I said, I just could not not, because I've been teaching myself or self learning, you know, through watching the videos, wonderful videos from other artists watercolor. And I purchased a set of wash paint. And then Amazon popped up and said, well, if you sign up for the day to today is for a free account, you can get it in, I don't know how many days versus three weeks, while that wasn't a hard, you know, decision to make. I said, they are so good. They're going to deliver it before you even know you need to order it. But I say that because, you know, when you start to search, when you look down, Amazon will come up with different products, suggestions, and some of them, if you buy two at the same time, which is a complementary, they you may also get an additional percentage off and things like that. So what you're saying is make it easy for a customer to realize, oh, I didn't know that they had that. And guess what? It's a bundle. So I get it cheaper. So it's almost like if you were meeting someone in the store and saying, by the way, did you know that we also had this? And when you buy it together, we've got a special on at the moment. So it's being helpful. It's the virtual upsell. Yeah. I was just going to say, and part of that is drug selling. Which I think is wonderful. Talk about, if someone was just starting out and are there different, have you seen different combinations, if you will, of products that are working really well through this?.
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"In air Terry here. Hope you're doing well. Happy Tuesday. Today I want to tell you a little bit more about a new feature that has launched relatively recently here in Canada and that is Amazon kids on Lexi. This actually started rolling out on December 9th. But if you're not familiar with this, this basically is a feature that used to only be available on the fire tablet and fire TV devices. But now, kids on Lexi allows parents to create a personalized experience for their kids. So what does that mean? It means that you get to choose what content the kids can have access to. So, for example, you can allow the kids to listen to approved music, call and message approved contacts, use drop in an announcement on household devices and get kid friendly answers to questions and jokes and that sort of thing. The way this works is it's all based on personalized voice profile. So Lexie gets to understand and learn what the children sound like so that when the child is asking the question, it knows to be using the kids features and the kids restrictions if you have set it up in that way. So there you go. If you've got some kids, then make sure you set up some profiles for them and then you can customize your settings to how you see fit. So it's called Amazon kids on Lexi and hope you find that useful. All right, I'll be back again tomorrow with some other news for you. Talk then..
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"Hey, hey, Terry here. It is Tuesday. Hope you're doing well. I want to tell you about another product that was recently announced at the big Amazon event in the last week or two. And this is called Amazon glow. Now, if that sounds familiar, it is because Amazon already has a product out under this name. It's basically a little light that looks like a little globe. And that has been previously been sold under that name. However, the new product, Amazon glow is quite a bit different than that. This particular product is designed marketed towards kids or kids of parents who are going to ultimately make the purchase. But this device is a gadget that operates much like a video phone. So there's a screen. And the idea is that it helps the child to stay connected with a grandparent, et cetera. But the interesting part about this is it actually projects an image down on the table in front of where the device is located. And this image is interactable if you will. So, for example, an image of a puzzle can be projected down onto the table. And then the child can move pieces by moving their hands around over this projected image. On the other end, say they're speaking with a grandparent. That grandparent can be seeing what the child is doing. And interacting and playing this game or doing this puzzle with the child all the while having a video call with the child. So this is really interesting. It's a totally new type of product. This product is not readily available yet. It is only available for under invitation only at this point. And the price is going to be approximately 250 to $300 at least at the time of this announcement. There are a number of well-known kids brands that are partnering with this device, things like Nickelodeon, Disney, et cetera. And so the characters that can be featured on this device will be characters from frozen from Toy Story, other Disney films, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora, the explorer Sesame Street, et cetera, et cetera. It's interesting. The concept is very interesting in that it is an interactive device for a kid to play with, play with someone on the other end through the video calling. The question of course is, what about privacy? And Amazon says that they have taken privacy very serious. Seriously, with this, and so time will tell. But anyway, we'll keep our eyes open for this product when it is actually released to the general public. Of course, keep informed about that. We'll see where this goes. Hope you're doing well. Have a great day. Talk to you tomorrow..
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"Hello good Monday. It's Terry here. I want to tell you today a little bit about another device that was recently announced at the Amazon event that just happened in the last week or so. Amazon introduced the Amazon smart thermostat. And of course, this works seamlessly with Lexi. And they give some examples on their product page of ways that you can use Lexi to control the smart thermostat. The idea behind this, of course, is that it will save you money with your heating costs because you can set the thermostat to be on and off depending on when you are home. You can give commands such as Lexi, I'm leaving. And then Lexie will know what that means as far as turning your thermostat on or off. You can also, of course, use voice commands to say things like Lexi, set the temperature to 19° or whatever it is that you'd like. And you can also control it from the Amazon Lexi app on your phone. So there's a lot of obviously features that are built to work very well with Lexi. Now here's the catch. I don't see this product yet on the Canadian page, and I do not know when it will be coming to Canada. On the U.S. page, it is there, but it says it's currently unavailable. So when this is going to be available, is a little bit of a guess to you and I and whether or not it's going to come to Canada at the same time as it comes to the U.S., it's hard to say. Nevertheless, that is the latest smart home device from Amazon. It's made with Honeywell in partnership with Honeywell. You may know that name. They do tons of smart thermostats and thermostats in general. So that's where it is. I will try to keep you updated if I find anything about this when it's available in particular, of course, if it's coming to Canada. And we go from there. All right. So I hope you're having a wonderful day. And I'll talk to you tomorrow..
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"It's Terry here. It's Friday. I want to tell you about this latest announcement from Amazon. And I've been alluding to it over the past couple of days. Let's get right to it. ASTRO what is ASTRO ASTRO is a household robot for home monitoring and beer assistant with Lexi built in and it's quite something. We have never seen anything like this before. It's the first idea to have a robot really come to market. I'll tell you right off the bat right now that it is considered one of the day one editions products from Amazon, which means that it is only available exclusively by invitation at this point. However, I find it fascinating that this is where Amazon is going. I remember seeing some pictures on social media a couple of years ago of Jeff Bezos touring some robotic facilities. And I wondered at that time if this may be where Amazon's going. The truth is, in the recent announcements, Amazon announced that they believe that in the next 5 to ten years, Holmes will have robots. And so they said this is not the first rollout that they are building. Anyway, ASTRO, what does it look like? I don't know how to describe it. You have to look it up and see the pictures. It kind of looks more like a little pet than a humanoid type figure. It's got a couple of big wheels that help it get around. It's got what looks like a neck with a screen on the screen are some eyes that can move depending on what ASTRO is doing. Of course, it is voice activated. On their schematics, it shows that there's a cup holder at the back so you can use it to deliver things around the house. And I find it very interesting that it looks more like a pet, as opposed to a human. And what are the implications for that in terms of the way that we as people will interact with this device. Anyway, you've got to check it out. It's called ASTRO. You can see it on the Amazon.com site. Fascinating, all I know is that when I am able to get when I'd love to try this in my home and see what it's like, of course, there are huge privacy issues with this. Amazon says that that is something that they are very, very committed to protecting. For example, they said that as one example, you can set up Astros so that there are certain rooms that are essentially no go zones. So you can prevent ASTRO from going to those rooms. There are ways that you can turn off ASTRO entirely and so on. We'll see really fascinating and really exciting story. I think there's a lot here in terms of sci-fi movies and well, you know, when I think about ASTRO, what was George Jetson's pet name? Wasn't it ASTRO? I think it was. Anyway, this is a lot of fun. Look it up. Have a look at Amazon's new ASTRO and I'd love to hear what you think. Hit me up on Twitter, doctor Terry Fisher, DR TRI, FIS HER, and tell me what you think of this device. Would you have it in your home? I'd love to know. All right, talk to you soon..
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"Well, hey there, Terry here. Thank you so much to all of you that attended the voice Dan last night. It was a wonderful wonderful show. And 12 of you that attended the augmented reality party as well. Thanks for joining in there as well. That was a great time. As I mentioned two days ago, there was a huge event from Amazon and they announced some of their latest products and services. And I'm going to get into a lot of those over the next couple of days, probably over the next week or so with these flash briefings. But today I want to tell you about the Amazon echo show 15. It is the brand new show device that has just been announced and it is quite different than the other ones. And I think it's really cool. And I think it's going to be a big seller as well. It is a 15 inch actually, it's 15.6 inches in diameter. And it can be mounted on a wall. So it is a flat screen and it can be oriented either in landscape or in portrait. So you can put it either way. The other very interesting thing about this is that, of course, it has Lexi built in. There are now a whole bunch of widgets that you can customize on the screen. So the idea behind this is it's going to become the home hub. So if you've got like a bulletin board, where you put up, let's say, you've got your calendar, and you've got some sticky notes to your family, and you've got a to do list and maybe you're shopping list and I don't know. You let your imagination run wild here. This could potentially take the place of that. And of course, Lexi's built right in. So it can be completely voice controlled. One of the other really interesting things about it is when I look at the pictures of it, it looks very much like a finished photo frame. And I think it's a wonderful way to be able to display some of the photos that you like on it as well. So I think it's great. I think it's going to have a place in a lot of people's homes. Just to give you an idea how it compares to other devices, these comparing it to the echo show ten, which is previously the largest echo show device with the swivel base that could move. So this new on the echo show 15 has higher resolution. So it's got 1980 by ten 80 resolution. It does not have motion. Because it's mounted potentially to the wall. Or it could sit on the stand either way, but it does not have a base that swivels. It has two 1.6 inch speakers. It has a 5 megapixel camera. It has a visual ID personalization, meaning that when it notices who you are, it can respond to you and as I mentioned, it's wall mountable. So very, very interesting. I think it's a great concept. Like I said, I think it's going to be a hot item for Amazon. Here's the interesting thing. According to the website right now, the price of the Amazon echo show 15 is the same as the Amazon echo show ten and they are both at $329 and 99 cents Canadian. But here's the catch, right? You want to know when it's going to be available? I don't know yet. But here's the good news. It is on the Canadian website. Amazon dot CA. And it does say coming soon. Now, if you want to check it out and have a look at it, I will give you my affiliate link here. Go to voice in Canada, dot CA slash echo show 15. Echo show, and then the number 15. And that will take you directly to this device. Voice in Canada dot CA slash echo show 15, and you can check it out. And I will be sure to keep you updated on when it gets released and any other information that I hear about it. Now, I've got lots of other news from this event that I'll be sharing over the next little while. So stay tuned for that. Make sure you are listening to the flash briefing every day. Lots of exciting stuff coming up. And we will eventually get to the robot I promise. The robot named ASTRO. All right, have a wonderful day. And I will talk to you later..
"amazon" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Well we did get a robot from amazon. He looks kinda bleak last week. Looked kinda bleak but amazon came through our new amazon robot named astro. It's a smart display on. Wheels has a periscope camera that can expand its field of view. It can detect. Sounds like breaking glass can also detect smoke..
"amazon" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Ceo at work are amazon announced. Dozens of new products. Let's start with the big display. Everybody kind of knew this was coming. The echo show fifteen. A wall mounted fifteen inch ten. Eighty p smart display amazon. Says it's meant for common areas like your living room your kitchen. Maybe a hallway that everybody uses like previous echo shows. It can play music show whether.
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
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"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"And so quite a few of our participants have shown a lot of excitement towards it. We're actually in our pilot piloting in the same community, which asked for games last year with a different device. And so I think that's one of the that's one of the game changing differences or big differences that we see. Because you can call your loved ones and you can send them a hug. Those are all great features. But being able to interact and then play games and have them and guess your favorite character or play bingo, those sort of things are kind of very, very nice and a lot different than a tablet or a computer. And have you heard of stories of people I know this is like you said a pilot project. So it's not a huge sample size, but have you heard of stories using them to help with their actual medical histories or medications or reminders? I know that there's a lot of interest in the medical community in terms of using voice technology to help with that. Is there anything there that you can comment on Emily? I would say the reminders are definitely something that our seniors have been using. I think the medical reminders, maybe it's just because our sample size has been so healthy that they're a little bit medical reminders are a bit less necessary, but I think that is for sure something, even if it's cooking or those types of things are all are all really enjoyed and I think just the easiness of it, the ease of use to just be able to tell it to remind you is such a such a great feature. Wonderful. And we are go ahead and add something on top of that. I think what is really interesting about this partnership is that we are providing feedback to the Amazon team and we're working quite closely because the Canadian version of the device and app has customized for us as compared to the American one. And we would really like to build and evolve on that to make sure that we can take advantage of the new things that are being released and either the firmware or the device itself. That's wonderful. So as you got this pilot project, and you're about to roll out the main project, what are the biggest surprises that you have learned being involved with Amazon and these echo devices versus other programs that you've done? What is the main difference of the big takeaways that you have come across? Maybe this is a good one for both of you. Maybe you can share each of you for your pointer to who wants to start. I can go first. So again, this is something that is a story from our experiences between the two programs. So.
"amazon" Discussed on Oil and Gas Startups Podcast
"Said if we don't sell to them they're gonna stop buying everything in the panicked and now they're sal and i'm like well you know f you very much and then my brothers and i said okay tirec three actor and we're like this is nonsense. We know exactly what the amazon shopper. What are dot com customers. What we're gonna make our own brand and we built our brand and it was fabulous. I mean we were. When i by the time i left the company by the time i had my exit one hundred sixty percent year over year. And that's really the premise of the bookmark. Amazon assholes right. They're not gonna lift finger to help you grow your business their platform. It's a diy platform. You gotta be there because are enormous. There's amazon and then everybody else combined combines for like fifth-place there is no second or third. And if you're going to be there have your own brand you know be different better. And and that's those are some of the steps that we lay out in the amazon jungle so amazon jungle. I think it's i think it's a perfect title for something like this because you know jungles aren't safe. They're pretty dangerous. You're you're in an expose your amongst amazing diversity but there's also a few jaguars and some other some other dangerous sands get you. Yeah so you know you're not saying don't don't go into the jungle and say if you're going to go into the jungle you need to understand how this works needed to set yourself up. For success unrest profile. We're really focus on the entrepreneurial journey in of itself and i love the tapestry weaving from college to you. Know i think we're gonna start a business and going through each of this business. Has it goes. How does that how you found it. Different going directly contributing growing a brand on an e commerce site to actually teaching other entrepreneurs really kind of paving the path ahead of the those entrepreneurs that are coming behind you. What have you how that grown you as a person. Is that been what you thought it would be different. How's that how's that been for you. Oh great question mark i. It's been really frankly magnificent. I because of my success is a seller. I used to get invited to to talks or beyond panels at some of the big trade shows like the prosper show which is a great show go to for education for amazon sellers And i think it was maybe twenty fifteen or twenty sixteen so running my company my cellar.
"amazon" Discussed on Voice in Canada
"Hey, Terry here. I want to tell you quickly about a couple of deals that have come up on Amazon for echo devices. I haven't mentioned this in a while, and I do want to share because there are some really, really good deals at the moment. And just a reminder, also that I am an affiliate for Amazon. So if you want to use my affiliate link, thank you very much for that. And I do in a small commission, there's no additional cost to you whatsoever. And you would just simply go to voice in Canada dot CA slash Amazon and it'll take you to the Amazon website. The alternative is to go to a voice in Canada dot CA slash and then put in the device of a choice whether it's echo show 8 echo show ten ecosystem 5, just echo echo dot, et cetera. All right, let's get to these deals that are happening right now. So at the time of recording, and I can't guarantee how long these are going to last for. But at the time of the recording, the echo show 5 is on for $90. So that's only $10 off. Not a huge deal there. The echo show 8 is a 140 off from a 170. But here's a pretty darn good deal. The echo dot is normally 70 and it's 35. So 50% off, the echo is normally a 130, and it's 90. And the echo flex, which is the tiny little one that you can plug into an outlet. That was normally 35, it's 20. And if you've been looking to get an echo auto, not only that 70 and it's on for 30, so it's more than 50% off. So there you go. There's a couple of deals for you, and again, I don't know how long they're going to be on sale for. But if you want to pick them up, go for it. All right, happy shopping. And again, quick reminder tomorrow is.
"amazon" Discussed on Launch Your Live
"Your hardwired. However if you're using a for example wi fi it may be only one hundred or less and so you have to read through your eyes to see what speeds are going to actually give you Based on if you're using wireless or versus hard wiring and by the way for those of you who are like. Hey mike computer doesn't have an ethernet port on it. Guess what they make adapters. The mcdonnell's that can take care of the so basically if you're gonna dangle it's going allow you to plug it. You know base is going to add an ethernet port to your computer. If you don't have it now okay. Marco know we got a couple of last items. We don't talk about real quick rate by the way those watching. If you like this we do these every week. Go follow the channel marco. what a what. A highlight a couple of other items real quick as i mentioned here somewhat accessories right so let's highlight some of amazon products that we've got their next to that so we got. Let's see what here so. We got a couple of different amazon products. By as i mentioned. This stuff just sells out super quickly. I mean what three things. So let's start with the amazon products and then we're gonna end with the With the With the magnetic battery actually so. Let's start with the amazon products. Let's start with that fire. Stick so for those of you who want to mention. Pull this up for guess. So there's like or say the echo dot actually let's pull up the echo dot so for those who want to you know you wanna get more out of your life streams for example. I always like to have a companion around and sometimes we sometimes we're fortunate to be able to have a a an assistant for example or va however you've got one right here in amazon as well with the amazon echo dot and again this by the way is still available. It's twenty dollars amazon. Got some great prices by the way. These twenty bucks. It's a fifty percent off basically. There's thirty nine ninety nine. And this is the amazon echo dot and it's.
"amazon" Discussed on Southern California Real Estate Report
"Today on the southern california real estate report we talk about amazon's new facility. Stay tune good morning. Welcome to southern california real estate report. This is bob..