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Discussions - Public / Virginia Tech Establishes Committed To Review Names of Buildings
« Last post by unix on September 04, 2017, 06:40:41 PM »

So Williams Hall will get renamed Vishnu Hall.

I feel so excluded as a minority.


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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by unix on September 04, 2017, 03:48:28 PM »
I can see all technical devices around us becoming smart.

Your fridge. There is no reason you cannot control it via a remote app. An app that will monitor temp but most importantly, the contents. and come up with a shopping list the next time you shop.

Your security. A remote app that controls cameras around your premises and notifies you.

Your car. apps built in to monitor everything. An app to unlock the car door, the house door perhaps and much more. so you have a log file who came, who left. An app that automatically turns off AC if there is nobody in the house.

I can see a lot of devices going smart in the next generation.  From the common household bulb to the fridge to whatever you can think of. I think the old ways of doing things are obsolete. Who wants to carry around a set of keys for your car and your house when all you need is a password? Or a 2-factor authentication like a finger print + a password.

Same goes for banking.  Punch in your account number, then fingerprint and password.  Or something even simpler than that, but more secure than what we have now.

Or an RFID chip embedded in your phone that acts like a wallet and a key for everything (but still needing a password if it's stolen).

Now, what jobs will all the generate, you tell me.  I don't know if that's what you mean by AI.

I think servicing a dishwasher in the year 2030 won't be like doing so in 1980.

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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by The Gorn on September 04, 2017, 02:40:56 PM »
Gorn, serfdom is good if you're making money and treated ok at a job.  Not everyone wants anything more than that.  I always had good jobs until I got older.  After that, I got to pick from the trash.

I agree with that thought.

Except that after you were at your career peak, and this applies to me, too: the "peak" of a typical IT career is so much less today than it was 20-30 years ago in terms of respect and real earning potential.

In other words it's pot luck to identify a technical specialty that will pay off, and THEN the payoff isn't even that much today.

And that picking through the trash phase can come much faster today than it did a decade ago.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by JoFrance on September 04, 2017, 01:25:27 PM »
AI has been around a long time, but the timing wasn't right for it in the '90s.  That timing is now, IMO.  There is no robust market in the US yet, its an emerging field that will boom.  If you study AI/Robotics now you will be in on the ground floor of something as big as the PC movement, if not bigger.

AI/Robotics isn't about any specific software, it's about integrating robots into our society.  There will be plenty of different jobs created to deal with the robots.  I see this as a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.  If you do that you can be more competitive in the years to come.

There is a lot of competition in every field, I  wouldn't let that stand in my way.  Gorn, serfdom is good if you're making money and treated ok at a job.  Not everyone wants anything more than that.  I always had good jobs until I got older.  After that, I got to pick from the trash.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by benali72 on September 04, 2017, 06:55:20 AM »
Yeah, there's always someone pushing AI as the next big thing.

Remember expert systems? Supposed to totally obsolete traditional programming about 30 years ago.

How about neural networks?

Both are important, useful techologies, but they're mere niche technologies in the overall picture.

If you bet your career on either "back when", today you're in a pretty narrow niche today.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by I D Shukhov on September 03, 2017, 06:33:18 PM »
There are lots of hot areas to pursue, no doubt, but the sexier stuff is AI.
It's probably sexy, but I've seen this AI hype before in 1992-1996.  It was the hot thing to do then. What's changed?  Why did it go dark for the last 20 years and then emerge locust-like to grab everyone's attention?

Udacity's AI course this fall led by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun has signed up 80,000+ people so anyone who wants to specialize in this is going to have a lot of company.

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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by The Gorn on September 03, 2017, 05:08:05 PM »
I'm totally NOT sold on the career potential of pursuing AI or robotics or other leading edge technologies for two basic reasons:

#1. It is NOT a career building decision. It's serfdom. No matter what technical knowledge you have, you ALWAYS drift toward being a serf. This is because work culture and business culture have both deteriorated substantially in the last 30 years.

#2: "AI" and "robotics" are quite broad. You can't compare them to PCs because with the PC revolution of the 80s there was enough specialization of platforms (basically MS-DOS) that it was fairly straightforward to find a sub niche to exploit. With either AI or robotics where is the bubble of dependable market demand that will allow you to learn something reasonably stable that you can find work in? Either AI or robotics encompasses huge broad swaths of buzzwords and technology.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by JoFrance on September 03, 2017, 02:40:47 PM »
There are lots of hot areas to pursue, no doubt, but the sexier stuff is AI.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by unix on September 03, 2017, 01:32:07 PM »
Hm, you think? I see lots of different directions. Anyway, food for thought.

re: JF: AI and Robotics


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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« Last post by JoFrance on September 02, 2017, 02:37:34 PM »
AI and Robotics are the hottest things to get into now, IMO.  That is the future of technology.  If I was a kid first starting out, thats what I would study.  What exciting up and coming fields with all kinds of possibilities for future jobs!

Right now, there are more upper level jobs available in those areas, but once it gets going there will be millions of jobs available.  It will be like the birth of the personal PC era back in the 80's.  Who wouldn't want their own robot?  I know I do.

I always loved the idea of Rosey the Robot from the Jetsons becoming a reality and think we will get to see it in our lifetimes.  How cool is that!  I know you laugh, but she had personality and was very helpful.  I'd like that in my home, especially now that I'm getting older.

Robotics/AI is the new Hardware/Software field from the past, in the '80s.  I remember back then in the PC world we had MS DOS.  Loved it and we had Wordperfect.  It was great and you could make it greater by using Macros!  We had Lotus 123 and Harvard Graphics. I thought they would last forever.  I was a Novell network admin.  I think most people today don't know what that is.  It was all wasted education for me, but not at the time.  I guess not long term focused.

I don't think the Indians realized they had a shelf life.  It was just like what they did to Americans.  Maybe they're shocked because they thought they were better than us, but in reality they're expendable just like the rest of us.  We're just ordinary people trying to make our way in life and maybe be preferred for employment one day in our own country.
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