#TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats. We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes.
We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Every couple of weeks, a guest curator will be picking our topics and leading the discussion. Not much will change format-wise… we’ll still publish the weekly post here and the topics will still be tweeted by @BLPIndy, but a guest curator (besides yours truly) will pick the topics and be ready to lead the conversation during the chat. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech, let me know!
What are some ways to improve innovation in your work environment?
In this article, the author says innovation takes time and effort. “It’s less an idea and more a process.” Well first, do you agree with that statement? And if you do, how can we improve our innovation process? We all love reading about Google and their amazing culture, it’s become a dream job to many people. The way they take care of their employees is all designed to foster the most innovative environments—a way to make sure they are always on the cutting edge. We may not all be able to equip our offices with slides from floor to floor, but I bet there are some things we can do to boost innovation.
What benefits of a human teacher could or could not be replaced by computers?
Wozniak wants each student to have a personalized “human computer” to serve as a school and career tutor. I think that’s an awesome idea, but I’m sure there are many out there who immediately want to point out that there are some irreplaceable functions of a good human teacher—because there definitely are. So as we start to make more conversational computers, let’s talk about the things they can and canNOT replace.
Has LinkedIn done anything for your professional career?
This article from Businessweek talks mostly about how LinkedIn is doing in the stock market, and the financial health of the company (which is quite good right now). However, I was caught by this line: “While I’ll accept your invite to connect and even endorse you for skills you never knew you had, I have to confess LinkedIn hasn’t done much for me, professionally.” I’m guessing some of you feel the same way. So as LinkedIn starts to actually become a profitable business—one that’s probably here to stay—I’d like to talk about what it has done for us… or failed to do.