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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian IT Contractors relating to technology.

Technology Will be the Star of the 2020 Summer Olympics

In exactly two years from tomorrow, the 2020 Olympics will kick-off in Tokyo. The world will have their eyes on the Summer Games rooting for their home countries’ athletes and excited to find out who will break the next record. Naturally, most sports lovers will be watching the events in anticipation of the record-setting runners, swimmers and jumpers. Another demographic, however, will be checking out the record-setting technologies.

The Olympics are not new to using cutting-edge technology in their processes and breaking records with their innovations. Did you know that the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games were the first to use electronic stopwatches on a mass scale? Or that the Berlin Summer Games in 1936 was the first sporting event broadcast on live television? According to this infographic from Futurism, Tokyo introduced the world’s first high-speed train in 1964 and intend to continue their innovative tradition in 2020. If you want a reason to be excited for the Olympics (other than the games) check out these predictions. These games are going to be unreal!

A Faster Way to Learn New Technologies

Technology is always changing with new advancements becoming more and more frequent. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up. This can especially be the case when working in a technology career. As an independent contractor searching for IT jobs, it’s important to keep yourself up to date on the new skills, such as new programming languages, needed for these positions.

Practical Psychology has published a video that suggests using the Feynman technique to help you learn faster, which is ideal when you think about all the new technology that is being created. Take a look at the technique’s four step process to make you a quick learner.

A Visual Look at the Past and Present of Technology

Advancements in technology have certainly made our lives so much simpler. But the devices we have today had to start somewhere and when we compare our current model to older ones the differences are enormous.

For example consider your USB stick and how much data one can hold. It’s hard to imagine having to use multiple floppy disks to achieve the same thing. Take a look at these other comparisons made in Futurism’s infographic.

A Visual Look at the Past and Present of Technology

Finally! The Gadgets from the Future Have Arrived

There’s always that one movie you watch and afterwards you wish you had the cool technology the characters got to use. A popular example is the hover board from Back to the Future.

With the current advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology some of these dreams are becoming a reality. Gadgets that seemed impossible just a few years ago now exist. You could own a “robot nanny”, an underwater drone that connects to VR goggles or even a jetpack like in The Jetsons.

This infographic from Who is Hosting This shows you the sci-fi gadgets that have been made into reality today.

12 Unbelievable Gadgets From The Future You Can Buy Today - Via Who Is Hosting This: The Blog
Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com

12 Signs Your Computer Has Been Hacked

No matter how diligent we are with computer security, sometimes mistakes happen when we’re in a hurry or not thinking and we make our computer vulnerable to a hack. The results of a hack can be devastating, from breached client files to a damaged social media reputation all the way to stolen funds and identities.

When the worst happens, it’s critical to identify a hack as quickly as possible and get it fixed. This video from Bright Side provides helpful tips to do just that. If you’re an IT Security professional, there may be nothing new to you here, but we can almost guarantee that you know at least a few people who could benefit from this video (they probably call you weekly with questions about their home computer). Share this post with them in hopes it will prevent a stupid mistake that you’ll have to fix… over the phone… on a Sunday… at 9:30pm.

The Workplace of the Future? The Answer is Probably Somewhere in the Middle

Cameron McCallum By Cameron McCallum,
Regional Vice President at Eagle

There are a number of generally accepted theories as to what the workplace will look like in the near future. With the advent of new and more powerful technology, change is inevitable. And while it is fun to imagine a world of AI, advanced robotics and other marvels of the future which will make our lives so much better, the truth probably lies closer to the middle in that for every potential win for humanity, there is likely an offsetting loss and which side you are on might be as simple as the circumstance and geography to which you were born. Here are some of the most common predictions with a cold, hard look at what it might really mean.

  1. The Rise of the Freelancer

Much has been made of the fact that today more than at any other time, the use of freelancers is expanding. In the information technology field, independent contractors are seen as an essential part of the labour mix. They bring specific experience not available among client’s employees or they help to shore up a project that requires a temporary increase in manpower. But ideas like the “Taskification” of work whereby companies tap into a global pool of freelancers who perform work or “tasks” for a fee is also seen as a growing trend. Taskification allows for employers to tap into a global pool of workers but with no obligations to those individuals. Simply hiring the lowest-priced labor with no concern for their well-being or the conditions under which they deliver their labor is potentially no different than the existing issue of the sweatshops of developing countries.

  1. The Disappearance of the Bricks and Mortar Office

The downfall of the corporate office workspace and traditional employee has been predicted for years. I can remember during the dot.com boom everyone talking about the new economy and how a much more flexible workplace would mean that more and more tech workers could work from home or from random geographic locations. “Co-working” and “Digital Nomads” offer two solutions and address both the problem of isolation that freelancers experience working from home as well as the wander-lust that more and more workers exhibit. The benefits of co-working seem obvious, a “social” space whereby individuals work on their specific assignments while networking and sharing ideas sounds great. But individuals using these spaces report frequent interruptions, difficulty in locking in on their tasks and constant chatter about new and exciting opportunities…which just might be better than the one they are currently working on. And having a workforce, spread across the globe working off their laptop, probably on a beach in the tropics sounds idyllic. But even with the most disciplined worker, is it unfair to suggest that they might just be more inclined to disengage from work when presented with a constant temptation of leisure and recreational activities?  We are already in the middle of a trend that sees workers move jobs more frequently than at any time in history. The effort that goes into acquiring, training and retaining talent is already daunting. While co-working and digital nomads might not exacerbate the trend, I’m not convinced that it is the answer to productivity and retention.

  1. Driverless Cars

This is not so directly related to work but I was struck by this while I attended a presentation recently at the faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. The topic was driverless cars and looked at a future of networked, people movers which would move citizens and therefore workers to their destinations seamlessly and without accidents or other human-induced glitches. While the idea of relegating gridlock to the pages of history and reducing the human carnage of vehicle accidents is vastly appealing, the presenter mentioned that networked vehicles would also give the worker of the future a “work pod” connected at all times to their place of work while they travelled throughout the day. As we already know, it is getting harder and harder to disengage from work and the thought of a vehicle designed around my desk at work tends to make me cringe. Sure, we’ll also use the vehicle for fun…

 

  1. Retirement will be a Thing of the Past

For some, the ability to continue to work well past their retirement years is an attractive proposition. If you are in a job you love, retirement may not be something you aspire to. And with advances in health care and medical treatment, people are living longer. Demographic changes and an aging workforce may mean more opportunity for our seniors to stay gainfully employed. But for those who are looking forward to retirement their choices may be considerably more limited. Personal debt is at an all-time high and for many workers, the cost of living in large cities where the jobs are presents a massive strain on their budgets. People are living longer, putting more stress on their savings and the same advances in health care and medical treatment mentioned above, means that individuals will have to plan for longer lives. Seniors may very well represent a viable labour force, and for many of them, that may be a good thing. But for those who dream of a life of travel or fishing after their work years, those dreams may be out of their reach.

The future as always, holds the promise of fascinating advances in technology and with these advances, opportunities for humans to experience the world in new ways. Work is and will continue to be impacted by these changes and many of them should be positive. But we also need to be aware that none, in and of themselves, will work for everyone, nor solve all challenges and that the answer, probably does lie somewhere in the middle.

Misused Technology Terms Explained

With a growing list of technology terms to remember, it can be difficult to use them all correctly. We have all misused one or two tech terms throughout our careers, but which terms are popularly misused today? This (rather geeky) video from Techquickie shows us some of the most commonly misused tech terms.

Learn when to use a variation of tech terms properly such as: disc and disk, or GPU and graphics card. Understanding these terms might just help you win your next internet argument. Make sure that you never misuse another one of these tech terms again!

The Rise of Chatbots

Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting innovations in the world today. It is quickly affecting our lives in many ways and defining how we’ll live in the future, but it is in no way “new technology”. For example, did you know that chatbots have been around and have used AI since the 1960s.

This infographic created by Drift digs deep into the history of Chatbots, the different kinds and how they use artificial intelligence. The truth is, some of the early chatbots were pretty useless compared to those we have today, but it is interesting to see how far we’ve come!

Rise of the Chatbots

2016 in Review: Videos for Procrastinating

The TDC is packed with helpful business information, tools, and advice, but we’re not always about business. Sometimes, especially Fridays, we like to share some fun videos that add a bit of distraction to your day (and yes, we’re aware that it’s counter-productive to the time management rules we often push). To finish off the “2016 in Review” series, we thought it would be fun to share some of the top videos from last year that have absolutely nothing to do with business and everything to do with procrastinating.

If you’re any sort of a geek, you’ll appreciate these videos

If you want a laugh, check out these videos

(you still need to be a bit of a geek for some of them):

And if you love a good brain teaser, have a look at these

Please don’t waste your entire day on these, but a small break never hurts and in fact, can increase your productivity! We hope you enjoyed this “2016 in Review” series.  We’ll be back Monday with plenty of fresh content for everyone. Have fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

2016 in Review: Learning & Explaining the Tech World

2016 in Review: Learning & Explaining the Tech WorldTraining and development is important for every professional in every field. Permanent employees usually have training provided by their employer or training allowances so they can develop their career path. Independent contractors do not have these luxuries so need to plan accordingly.

Training & Development Priorities for the Independent Contractor

The Eagle Team wrote these posts to help independent contractors get a better understanding of where to prioritize training and development, as well as some tips to achieve your goals without breaking the bank:

Tools to Improve Tech Skills

These tools can also help you improve in areas that aren’t essential to your field, but important to have in any job as an IT contractor:

Technology Infographics

These infographics provide quick overviews on some technologies. They’re perfect for anybody looking to get into a new field. IT contractors may also want to pass them off to non-technical clients or recruiters to help them understand a particular area.

Finally, if you’re not sure where to focus your next training and development initiatives, this video provides extensive details about the top programming languages to learn in 2017.