Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa

Facebook had a rough 2018 and 2019 didn’t really start too well either, when Instagram leaked passwords. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Alexa had it’s own scandal when it turned out that not machines but humans listened to their customers commands. With all of this combined, it doesn’t sound like a great idea to offer more surface for these kind of events. Still, Facebook seems to plan to release a voice assistant of its own.

There’s no indication that it will extend outside Facebook’s own hardware—yet.

Source: Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant | Ars Technica

#SAP Leadership Announcement

Some huge changes to start the Weekend with at #SAP. As Executive Board Member and President of the Cloud Business Group Robert Enslin decided to step back from his role and pursue an external opportunity,  Jennifer Morgan will succeed him as president of the Cloud Business Group (CBG). Adaire Fox-Martin will assume the role of president in the Global Customer Operations.

Morgan and Fox-Martin Expand Responsibilities

Source: SAP Leadership Announcement

Chinese woman carrying malware arrested at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort

In Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s ganz eigenem Lieblings-Golfresort, ist eine Frau mit Malware auf einem USB Stick verhaftet worden. What a time to be alive. Es fehlt eigentlich nur noch, dass Sicherheitsdienste ausgebildete USB Spürhunde mitbringen.

A worrisome development for the US Tweeter-in-Chief

Source: Chinese woman carrying malware arrested at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort – The Verge

Uploadfilter: Twitch nicht mehr in Europa

Neulich so:

“‘Artikel 13’ betrifft kaum Platformen und Nutzer, maximal 5%”

Heute so:

Vor einer Woche ist die umstrittene EU-Urheberrechtsreform verabschiedet worden. Als erste große Plattform deutet jetzt der Videostreamingdienst Twitch Uploadfilter und

Source: Uploadfilter: Twitch erwägt Ausschluss von EU-Nutzern – Golem.de

Skrillex reduces Mosquito bites

From the ‘Not the Onion’ department: Skrillex reduces Mosquito bites.

Sound and its reception are crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals. In insects, low-frequency vibrations facil…

Source: The electronic song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” reduces host attack and mating success in the dengue vector Aedes aegypti – ScienceDirect

Tech for Managers

First, I was excited to see a “Web Technologies for Managers” course exists.

Then, I reminded myself how often I rant on the internet that “tech is dead” and all industries get digitized. It’s not too long ago that successful companies required their managers to have an understanding of the business they are in. That is mechanical engineers managing car manufacturers, electrical engineers managing electronics businesses. Only the digital industry seems to have technical managers and business managers.

I periodically remind people how difficult the question “are you doing business or technology” is any tech driven. Even McDonalds has their managers flip burgers to start their engagement with the company, to give them an understanding of how the business looks like really.

Next time you hear this question, or worse, ask this question, ask yourself: “Am I in the right business”. Likely, you are better qualified doing something else. The reasoning for this harsh thought is simple. Assuming you see yourself in the high tech business and expect your counterpart to do business with you, you need to radiate confidence about what you are doing. Asking this question high tech managers clearly transports you only know half of the story.

Being an engineer and a business person, I haven’t taken the course itself, hence I cannot recommend it. But I can recommend any person in the business to flip burgers for a few weeks, or the digital equivalent, follow a few technical tutorials. Preferrably from the company you are working for but also, Google, AWS or Github offer plenty of free courses to get your hands dirty. And all of these are free of charge, there is no excuse not to understand technology to that extent that it adds value.

Nevertheless, here is the link: “Web Technology for Managers“. Go learn something.