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RIP Microsoft Explorer & Teaching Plants To Communicate With Us To Produce More Crops | TF307
4d ago
RIP Microsoft Explorer & Teaching Plants To Communicate With Us To Produce More Crops | TF307
Collision is underway this week and one Farm Tech company is teaching plants to communicate with humans to help improve crop yields. InnerPlant’s CEO and Co-Founder, Shely Aronov, joins us with more. Next, Alison Darcy, Founder and President of Woebot Health, explains the AI-powered chatbot that is capable of creating a therapeutic bond with users to help with mental health issues. Also, Manulife' Chief Information Officer, Shamus Weiland, reveals their plan to encourage more women to work in tech. Plus, we take a look at rad Dad gifts in tech. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [09:35] Shely Aronov: (innerplant.com) [16:51] Apptastic [24:19] Alison Darcy: (woebothealth.com) [34:59] Shamus Weiland: (manulife.ca) [41:43] Rad Dad Tech Gifts You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
RIP Microsoft Explorer & Teaching Plants To Communicate With Us To Produce More Crops | TF307
4d ago
RIP Microsoft Explorer & Teaching Plants To Communicate With Us To Produce More Crops | TF307
Collision is underway this week and one Farm Tech company is teaching plants to communicate with humans to help improve crop yields. InnerPlant’s CEO and Co-Founder, Shely Aronov, joins us with more. Next, Alison Darcy, Founder and President of Woebot Health, explains the AI-powered chatbot that is capable of creating a therapeutic bond with users to help with mental health issues. Also, Manulife' Chief Information Officer, Shamus Weiland, reveals their plan to encourage more women to work in tech. Plus, we take a look at rad Dad gifts in tech. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [09:35] Shely Aronov: (innerplant.com) [16:51] Apptastic [24:19] Alison Darcy: (woebothealth.com) [34:59] Shamus Weiland: (manulife.ca) [41:43] Rad Dad Tech Gifts You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
TikTok's End to the Infinite Scroll & Supporting the 2LGBTQ2S+ Community in Tech  | TF306
Jun 14 2022
TikTok's End to the Infinite Scroll & Supporting the 2LGBTQ2S+ Community in Tech | TF306
Tech friend and expert, Marc Saltzman, joins us with the latest scoop on high-tech gifts for Dads and Grads. Plus, QueerTech is a Canadian non-profit that empowers the 2LGBTQ2S+ community to access the tech industry, advance their career, and launch tech businesses. CEO, Naoufel Testaouni, discusses their approach. Also, online hate is a growing problem and the Toxic Hush campaign is working hard to make sure that everyone is safe online. We have Shari Graydon to explain how. In Socially Speaking, we wonder if TikTok is the new TV. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [09:04] Marc Saltzman: (marcsaltzman.com) [17:39] Apptastic: brought to you by (ecobee) [25:51] Naoufel Testaouni: (queertech.org) [33:26] Shari Graydon: (sharigraydon.com) [42:40] Is TikTok the new TV You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Elon Musk Wants Workers Back in the Office & Using AI To Predict Dementia | TF305
Jun 7 2022
Elon Musk Wants Workers Back in the Office & Using AI To Predict Dementia | TF305
Israeli start-up, Beewise, is on a mission to save the bee colonies, which are decreasing at an alarming rate. Co-Founder and CEO, Saar Safra, joins us to explain more. Dr. Sina Habibi, co-founder and CEO of Cognetivity Neurosciences, reveals the AI tool that predicts dementia. Also, we crack into plant-based eggs with Eran Groner, CEO of Yo! Egg. Plus, Clinton May, Federal Strategist from Deepgram, explains how AI can improve astronaut training and support space missions by transcribing and analyzing international space station communication. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [08:34] Saar Safra: (beewise.ag) [17:37] Apptastic: brought to you by (ecobee) [25:44] Dr. Sina Habibi: (cognetivity.com) [35:39] Eran Groner: (yo-egg.com) [43:41] Clinton May: (deepgram.com) You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Future of Smart Home Tech With ecobee & Travel Without Airplanes  | TF304
May 31 2022
Future of Smart Home Tech With ecobee & Travel Without Airplanes | TF304
We look at the future of smart agriculture tech with Benjamin Turner, the Chief Operating Officer of Agrimetrics. Plus, what would a world without flying look like? We talk to Jocelyn Timperley, author of an article in the BBC Future that examines a future without airplanes. Also, we speak to ecobee’s co-founder and CEO, Stuart Lombard about their energy-saving smart home products. In Socially Speaking, we discuss the social media war between Meta and TikTok. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [08:10] Benjamin Turner: (agrimetrics.co.uk) [16:40] Apptastic: brought to you by (ecobee) [24:30] Jocelyn Timperley: (BBC Future article) [32:34] Stuart Lombard: (ecobee) [42:07] The Social Media War Between Meta and TikTok You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Down The Elon Musk Rabbit Hole & The End Of The Office As We Know It | TF303
May 25 2022
Down The Elon Musk Rabbit Hole & The End Of The Office As We Know It | TF303
We speak to David MacLaren, Founder and CEO of MediaValet, about the task assigned by the Jane Goodall Institute to securely archive and manage over sixty years of their historic and present-day scientific research and conservation digital assets. Plus, we take a look at the proclamation from Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s CEO, that the office as we know it is over. Also, with the US Congress holding its first open briefing on UFOs in more than 50 years we turn to ufologist Jeremy Corbell to find out more. In Socially Speaking, we discuss Twitter’s new global disinformation policy and how it will work. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [08:46] David MacLaren: (MediaValet) [16:53] Apptastic: brought to you by (ecobee) [25:47] Brian Chesky: (Airbnb) [34:25] Jeremy Corbell: (Extraordinarlly Beliefs) [44:34] Twitter's New Global Disinformation Policy You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Meta's Brick and Mortar Virtual Wear Showcase & How to Get Advice from Top Experts | TF302
May 4 2022
Meta's Brick and Mortar Virtual Wear Showcase & How to Get Advice from Top Experts | TF302
We talk to the Co-Founder of Zenda, Haseeb Ahmed, about how their parent-facing app helps with school fee payments and family financial wellness. Plus, get advice from top experts through Mentorcam. We find out how with CEO and Co-Founder Rune Hauge. Also, our favourite internet Dad, Brittlestar, joins us with the details on his upcoming book. In Socially Speaking, we chat about Omar, a gorilla at the Chicago Zoo struggling with screen time, and how his circumstance relates to our own screen time issues.  Links to this week's stories and discussion: [08:18] Zenda: (zenda.come) [24:37] Mentorcam : (mentor.cam) [32:06] Brittlestar : (brittlestar.com) [42:43] A Gorilla and Screen Time Issues You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Elon Musk Doesn’t Make The Board & 5 Tips Of How To Be Accessible and Inclusive on Social Media | TF301
Apr 19 2022
Elon Musk Doesn’t Make The Board & 5 Tips Of How To Be Accessible and Inclusive on Social Media | TF301
We look at how the Ontario Regiment RCAC Regimental Museum made a pivot to stay open during tough times. Executive Director, Jeremy Blowers, joins us to explain their strategy. Plus, Dr. Sarah Saska, CEO and co-founder of Feminuity, shares with us 5 tips on how to be accessible and inclusive on social media. Also, we talk to the CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Imran Ahmed, on the rise of hidden hate in Instagram messages. Plus, Amber shares her wishlist of 5 green-friendly tech products and tips for your house for a better future. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [08:32] Ontario Regiment RCAC Regimental Museum: (ontrmuseum.ca) [23:18] Feminuity : (feminuity.org) [31:23] Center for Countering Digital Hate : (counterhate.com) [40:28] 5 Green-Friendly Products & Tips You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Happy 300th Episode | TF300
Apr 12 2022
Happy 300th Episode | TF300
We have Canada’s Ambassador to the UN, Bob Rae, join us to explain what is at stake with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Plus, Kerry Bishé, star of Showtime’s Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, on her role in this fascinating account of the rise of Uber. Also, former Biden White House Senior Advisor, Andy Slavitt, discusses what governments, leaders and communities have learned from the U.S. response to COVID19 and his new book Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response. In Socially Speaking, we take a closer look at the popularity of podcasts, including how new shows can be discovered. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [07:44] Bob Rae Canadian UN Ambassador: (international.gc.ca) [17:20] Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber : (sho.com/super-pumped) [25:46] Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response : (macmillan.com) [42:28] Socially Speaking You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Apple TV+ Wins an Oscar & Having a Safe Place to Meet Friends and Work on your Health | TF299
Apr 5 2022
Apple TV+ Wins an Oscar & Having a Safe Place to Meet Friends and Work on your Health | TF299
Rob Leclerc joins us to talk about content company AgFunder News and the $60 million raised in funding for agriculture-related projects to tackle climate change. Plus, Chantal Dube, Head of Vision-Box North America, discusses Biometric Facial Recognition Technology that's transforming airports. After losing her job during COVID, Jessie Thomas shares how she started Farm Girl Fitness: an indoor/outdoor workout studio. In Socially Speaking, we welcome special guest, Roxy Earle, to chat about her new wellness app, Ana. Links to this week's stories and discussion: [10:21] Agriculture-related projects to tackle climate change: (agfundernews.com) [18:53] Biometric Facial Recognition Technology that's transforming airports: (vision-box.com) [27:56] Apptastic [35:09] Indoor/Outdoor Workout Studio: (farmgirlfitness.ca) [43:24] Ana, a new wellness app: (anahealth.com) You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
Feeling Better about Reading the News with Goodable | TF298
Mar 29 2022
Feeling Better about Reading the News with Goodable | TF298
We talk to founder of Goodable, Muhammad Lila, about the platform that can help you feel better about reading the news. Plus, we find out about OnePointOne’s mission to fundamentally rethink how plants are grown, utilized, and optimized with CEO Samuel Bertram. Also, tech expert Marc Saltzman joins us to share the new gadgets for spring. In Socially Speaking, we chat about online fights and wonder about whether to "call out" an online friend when they're wrong. Links to this week's stories and discussions: [07:23] - A platform that can help you feel better about reading the news (goodable.co) [16:58] - Apptastic [26:07] - Rethink how plants are grown, utilized, and optimized (onepointone.com) [34:12] - New gadgets for spring (marcsaltzman .com) [42:37] – Should You Argue Online You can also find both (AmberMac) and (Michael B) on Twitter.
The Word on Heardle & How to Combat the Rise of Misinformation | TF297
Mar 15 2022
The Word on Heardle & How to Combat the Rise of Misinformation | TF297
We dive into the concepts of misinformation and disinformation, which are on the rise following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Harvard Medical School Psychiatrist, Dr. Roy Perlis, joins us to explain the effect of misinformation on our mental health. Also, we talk to Dr. Farzaneh Ahmadi, CEO of Laronix, about their smart wearable electronic voice prosthesis, Bionic Voice. The Bionic Voice uses AI software that learns and mimics the natural voice of a patient who has lost their voice due to cancer. In Socially Speaking, we discuss what to do about polarizing language online. Find out more information from our guests here: Dr. Roy Perlis: (cgm.massgeneral.org) Dr. Farzaneh Ahmadi: (laronix.com) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter. Time Stamps for Segments: Segment 1: 8:55 Debunking Misinformation Segment 2: 17:54 Apptastic Segment 3:  25:31 Misinformation & Mental Health Segment 4:  33:09 Giving Voice To Those That Lost Theirs Segment 5:  41:20 Polarizing Language
Disinformation In War & Feeding Ukraine's Families In The Wake Of The Invasion |TF296
Mar 8 2022
Disinformation In War & Feeding Ukraine's Families In The Wake Of The Invasion |TF296
We talk to award-winning journalist Laurie Segall about her new book, Special Characters, My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits, which pulls back the covers on the exclusive world of billionaire founders, entrepreneurs, and mainstream media. Plus, we take a look at what the Big Tech companies are doing about Russia’s attack on Ukraine with CNN’s Technology Reporter Brian Fung. Also, the World Centre Kitchen (WCK) is one of the first organizations to arrive in a crisis to provide meals to families in need. We have the CEO, Nate Mook, join us to share how they are serving thousands of fresh meals to those fleeing Ukraine and those who are remaining at home. In Socially Speaking, we talk about the worst to come out of social media during the USA's State of the Union address. Find out more information from our guests here: Laurie Segall: (dotdotdotmedia.com) Brian Fung: (cnn.com) Michael Maher: (spoke.world) Nate Mook: (wck.org) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter. Time Stamps for Segments: 7:36 – Laurie Segall CEO of Dot Dot Dot Media 18:58 - Apptastic 25:13 - Brian Fung CNN Technology Reporter 33:53 – Nate Mook World Centre Kitchen 46:15 – Socially Speaking
The Truth Social Launch & Protecting Yourself on Public Wifi | TF295
Mar 1 2022
The Truth Social Launch & Protecting Yourself on Public Wifi | TF295
With the cost of living on the rise all over the world, one company is offering a solution to help households save money by monitoring activity and steering people in the right direction for better deals. We talk to the CEO and co-founder of Nous, Greg Marsh, about how the company is helping automate household decisions and spending. Plus, with people traveling again, the safety of connecting to WiFi is important. We have Paige Hanson, Chief of Cyber Safety Education at NortonLifeLock, to give us some dos and don'ts of connecting to public wifi networks. Also, we talk to the co-founder and COO of SPOKE, Michael Maher. SPOKE is an app that generates music with what it dubs “mindfulness benefits” to help with restful sleep and burnout. As well, augmented reality startup Beem is enabling users to create AR video messages and livestream in 3D. CEO, Janosch Amstutz joins us to explain how this all works. In Socially Speaking, we talk about disinformation and question if it's possible to avoid completely.  Find out more information from our guests here: Greg Marsh: nous.co Paige Hanson: nortonlifelock.com Michael Maher: spoke.world Janosch Amstutz: (beem.me) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
Facebook's New Slogans & Technology-Inspired Businesses Pivots of 2022  | TF294
Feb 22 2022
Facebook's New Slogans & Technology-Inspired Businesses Pivots of 2022 | TF294
Video is becoming the go-to tool for hiring new employees. Kimberley Black explains how her Video Resume Academy helps job seekers showcase their abilities and communication skills using video. Plus, we have the winner of the 2022 Marconi Prize, Siavash Alamouti, join us to discuss the award he received in recognition of his contribution to global wireless device accessibility. Also, as part of Amber’s series, The Great Canadian Pivot, we talk to Asma Aziz the Marketing Director of Intel Marketing Territories about Intel’s Pandemic Response Technology Initiative about small and medium-sized business pivots. In Socially Speaking, we jump into a discussion about the appeal of an "offline boyfriend". Find out more information from our guests here: Kimberley Black: (kimberleyblack.com) Siavash Alamouti: (marconisociety.org) Asma Aziz: (intel.ca) (The Great Canadian Pivot) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
TikTok Looks To Strengthen Its Efforts To Regulate Dangerous Content & How To Protect Yourself From Online Romance Scams | TF293
Feb 15 2022
TikTok Looks To Strengthen Its Efforts To Regulate Dangerous Content & How To Protect Yourself From Online Romance Scams | TF293
We check into the artificial competition, ProBots, with producer Drekken Pownz, which lets participants go head-to-head in StarCraft 2. Plus, we find out The Small Robot Company is bringing automation and big data into farming to produce more and harm the environment less with the company’s CEO, Ben Scott-Robinson. Also, safely "Dating in the Digital Age" requires the tools to ensure the connection you make is real. Kevin Roundy, Technical Director at NortonLifeLock, shares how to avoid romance scams when online dating. In Socially Speaking, we take a look at the #BoringTweets on Twitter. Find out more information from our guests here: Drekken Pownz: (eschamp.com) Ben Scott-Robinson: (smallrobotcompany.com) Kevin Roundy: (nortonlifelock.com) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
TF292 – Elon Musk Opposes Flight-Tracking & Eviation Soars Towards Battery Powered Flight
Feb 8 2022
TF292 – Elon Musk Opposes Flight-Tracking & Eviation Soars Towards Battery Powered Flight
Battery-powered air travel company, Eviation, is set to take flight with their all-electric passenger airplane. We speak to the CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay, about its nine-passenger plane. Plus, Axel Krieger, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, discusses their significant step towards fully-automated AI surgery performed on humans. Also, Quan is helping prevent burnout of managers and teams through their digital platform that assists organizations by offering a holistic method to improve self-care. CEO and Co-Founder, Arosha Brouwer, shares the details. In Socially Speaking, we focus on tone we project when speaking to others. Find out more information from our guests here: Omer Bar-Yohay: (Eviation) Axel Krieger: (Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering) Arosha Brouwer: (Quan) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
Neil Young Says Goodbye to Spotify & Apple Defies Supply Chain Shortages | TF291
Feb 1 2022
Neil Young Says Goodbye to Spotify & Apple Defies Supply Chain Shortages | TF291
Apple just reported its single-largest quarterly revenue and tech reporter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman, dives into how they have defied supply chain shortages. Plus, we speak to Charlie Rousset, co-founder of Morphée Zen, about their latest offerings to improve sleep and manage stress. Also, we look at a new innovative program that is helping reduce online and offline child sexual abuse with Dr. Ainslie Heasman, a Clinical Forensic Psychologist at the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. In Socially Speaking, we play a game of rad or fad with Mashable’s list of Valentine’s Day gifts. Find out more information from our guests here: Mark Gurman: (Bloomberg) Charlie Rousset: (Morphée Zen) Dr. Ainslie Heasman: (CAMH) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
An Open Letter to Joe Rogan & TV Star Debbie Travis Helps Us Find Joy | TF290
Jan 25 2022
An Open Letter to Joe Rogan & TV Star Debbie Travis Helps Us Find Joy | TF290
We have Canada Research Chair of Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta, Timothy Caulfield, to discuss the infamous Spotify letter urging a crackdown on misinformation about COVID19, with particular focus on The Joe Rogan Experience. Plus, home design expert and international star, Debbie Travis, shares her joy as she discusses her new book, Joy: Life Lessons from a Tuscan Villa. Also, we question why we don't prioritize the important process of end-of-life planning. CEO and co-founder of Willful, Erin Bury, explains why, including how they are making estate planning affordable, easy and convenient. In Socially Speaking, we discuss the latest pandemic craze, Wordle. What is it about the game that unifies us? Find out more information from our guests here: Timothy Caulfield: (University of Alberta Health Law Institute) Debbie Travis: (debbietravis.com) Erin Bury: (Willful) Wordle: (powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
The Latest To Come From CES 2022 | TF289
Jan 18 2022
The Latest To Come From CES 2022 | TF289
Labrador Systems is showcasing their robotic cart and Mike Dooley, Co-Founder and CEO, explains how it can offer assistance for elderly users and people with limited mobility. Plus, we take a look at the upcoming Movano Ring, which will track your activity, sleep, heart rate, respiration and more with the CEO John Mastrototaro. Also, we discover new consumer gadgets, including the world’s largest OLED tv with our tech expert, Marc Saltzman. In Socially Speaking, we discuss Disney’s new technology that allows them to project 3D images on real world objects for users to enjoy at Disney World without a headset. Find out more information from our guests here: Mike Dooley: (Labrador Systems) John Mastrototaro: (Movano Ring) Marc Saltzman: (marcsaltzman.com) You can also find both  (AmberMac) and  (Michael B) on Twitter.
A Year in Review & Designing a Better 2022 | TF288
Dec 28 2021
A Year in Review & Designing a Better 2022 | TF288
Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor explains the importance of evidence-based decision making. Plus, Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of the Resolve to Save Lives, joins us to share what we can do better to prepare for the next pandemic. Also, CEO of Supernova, Dominic O’Meara, discusses the social media network that shares its ad revenue with charities. Next, we talk about healthier experiences online for kids with the Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, Jim Steyer. In Socially Speaking, we have Dylan Taylor, the Chairman and CEO of Voyager Space who was onboard Amazon’s Blue Origin, to answer the question: would you go into space?   Find out more information from our guests here: Dr. Mona Nemer: Chief Science Advisor of Canada Dr. Tom Frieden: resolvetosavelives.org Dominic O’Meara: Supernova App Jim Steyer: commonsensemedia.org Dylan Taylor: voyagerspace.com You can also find both AmberMac and Michael B on Twitter.