To share or not share ….who’s guilty?

We seem to be always ‘holding court’ these days whenever the issue of teenagers and internet privacy come up. Let’s take some incidents in the recent past: one teen whose naked photos sent to her boyfriend lover went viral after their break up; another teen’s post of some students beating another girl in full camera view and the case of cyber bullying to the point of suicide. The reports are endless, some horrific and we then discharge the guilty verdict on all teens using the internet.

But this verdict depends on who defines privacy and how. Surveys show that teenagers have tended to be more savvy when it comes to protecting their privacy. Let’s take the survey the Global Cyber Security Capacity center at University of Oxford, England where the results show that almost 95% of users in the 14 – 17 age group had their privacy settings checked or changed on social media, compared to 55% in the age group 45 to 54 years.  Lots more statistics at the Pew Research Center.

Whereas older adults seem more concerned with what their kids are posting and to whom, they have less concerns on their own privacy settings, changing passwords and blocking undesirables which may make them more vulnerable to cyber-crime.

When dealing with the issue of privacy many young people are more concerned with who they let into their social boundaries and networks and less with the wider network of marketers, government and public agencies and phishers, which older adults may be absorbed with. In their quest for privacy, the younger gen seem to always find ways to ‘bob and weave’ among the plethora of public eyes. Let’s just recall that they were the first on Facebook before the older gen tsunami came on; then the first to migrate to Instagram. Now Snapchat and Yik Yak seem to be the apps of choice! Fact is that the younger gen will find more innovative ways to write a new language that deludes online networks (and parents!) so they become free to share within their own private networks and trump the social norm known as privacy. Who knows how many are investigating facial recognition technology as the next wave of digital privacy? Let’s hear from the jury now.

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I think this link is worth a share!

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If Your Life Is A Story, How Do You Make Sure It Has A Happy Ending?

If Your Life Is A Story, How Do You Make Sure It Has A Happy Ending?.

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If Your Life Is A Story, How Do You Make Sure It Has A Happy Ending?

We always need to remind ourselves that it’s our own script we write everyday!

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Ex Machina … Taking another look at Artificial Intelligence

ex machina graphicVirtual reality gets more intriguing by the minute! The most recent is the movie, Ex-Machina  in which scientist/entrepreneur Nathan develops Ava a female robot with more than just bare artificial intelligence. His creation is meant to prove that Ava is conscious; possesses self-awareness and is capable of loving another being! The story unfolds into an action thriller with an almost bizarre twist where robot Ava turns on her protagonist, abandons the ‘love’ she has built for Caleb in her quest to discover civilization and consequently find out more about herself!

Besides its dramatic ending, the movie certainly uncovers several issues: AI, ethics and human responsibility; the role of other emerging technologies like genetic engineering and agile robots; Is AI free to be used for experimentation by free-wheeling billionaire techies …what boundaries can we place to ensure that AI is used only in ways beneficial to humankind? …who will be provide the stewardship for keeping AI safe as the AI arms race heats up? …if ‘deep learning’, (another branch of AI coined by Google) continues to evolve can machine intelligence in fact threaten the very existence of humankind?

Two things I know for sure about this movie: 1) Ex Machina keeps you on the edge of your seat and 2) leaves many questions reeling around in your head. Besides those I mention above, I wonder whatever became of Ava, once she escaped from Nathan’s stranglehold and found herself in ‘civilisation’… and what about her ‘love interest’ Caleb, whom she brutally left behind at the mountain retreat?  Maybe Ex-Machina II will tell!

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Learning on the Go!

According to the statistics portal, Statista, there’ll be 2.13 billion social network users worldwide by 2016! The population will reach just over 7 billion (according to and there’ll be over 8 billion mobile devices by then!

These incredible statistics give a snapshot of the rate at which technology is advancing and changing the fabric of our lives. With such pervasive influence, it’s no surprise that we must also confront these technology realities in the workplace. Consider therefore, not being ready for the ‘new Net Gen worker’ who is digitally wired and web-entrenched… who wants collaborative environments and cloud-based programs …smart boards and blended learning… bite size information that’s interactive, engaging and on-time!

The face of the new worker is mobile, global and a finger touch away. Mobile Learning for HR Professionals will be my topic of choice at the HRMATT 10th Biennial conference on June 11 and 12, 2015 at The Trinidad Hilton, Trinidad and Tobago. (

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Designing learning with users in mind

Ever been to a training where the facilitator is fixated on telling stories that he hopes connects to the training but it really doesn’t?
Too many times as trainers and facilitators, we forget who our real audience is – busy folks often with tightly packed schedules, who want learning moments that identify with their age group, culture, learning style and motivation (for being there)!
So it’s important for us to design training sessions with these things in mind. This applies especially when designing training-on-the-go i.e. mobile learning. So we may want to consider some of basics as training facilitators:
• Interesting, straight forward, bite-size nuggets for learners to recall or review quickly!
• Compressed images that don’t lose resolution (consider bandwidth on various devices)
• Videos no longer than 3 to 5 minutes
• Emphasis on a single task that reinforces a learning goal with simple and useful interactions.

We can also apply a lot of the same rules when next in front of a live audience by keeping the storyline, simple, direct and straight to the heart of learning moment!conf logo

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