John Pientka

John Pientka

China Ascendant? Maybe, Maybe Not

March 7, 2019

China seems to be beating us at leadership in tech in just about every category. In a decade they are supposed to be the largest economy in the world. But is it all built on a foundation of sand? China

John Pientka

Going Digital: Your Boss Doesn’t Get It. Your Clients Don’t Get It Either. What Are You to Do?

February 27, 2019

Going Digital: Your Boss Doesn’t Get It Digital advertising now exceeds all other forms of marketing communications. But, your boss thinks: old school print and magazines. Your website is so hard to use it’s an industry joke. But nobody seems

John Pientka

Are There Messages Hidden in Your DNA? It Could Be Malware.

February 21, 2019

Are There Messages Hidden in Your DNA? Messages in the Human Genome: are they from God, or maybe aliens? It sounds Sci-fi but our knowledge of the DNA code is merging with our ability to write increasingly intelligent algorithms. We

What Do You Mean: Too Much Screen Time?

February 6, 2019

Too Much Screen Time? Oh the shame of it! Our children are turning into anti-social, myopic monsters because of their addiction to smartphones, tablets and laptops. Guess what? It is all BS. It seems that not a day goes by

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A.I.: Confused? Worried? Try Finland!

January 24, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) – They say it’s inevitable. Are you worried it will take your job? Do you even understand what it is? The Finns are taking the bull by the horns. Their first goal is that 1% of the

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Cyber Criminals Caught! Ah No, More Like Just Identified. Sigh!

January 16, 2019

Cyber Criminals Caught It’s that time when we look back on the past year. In 2018, Atlanta was a victim of a cyber attack. It fought back rather than pay ransom and spent millions. The FBI has identified the malevolent

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Directive 20 Repealed – Beat the Cyber War Drums?

September 26, 2018

Exposed by Snowden in his 2013 document dump, Presidential Directive 20 limits the U.S. in attacking/counter attacking with cyber weapons. Now it has been rescinded. Does that mean the gloves are off? We’ve been under attack for a long time.

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Have You Spotted the Turn?

August 23, 2018

You are hammered to be ready for the latest technologies. But all of them have lifecycles. It is just as important to identify when they’re diminishing, maybe even dying. Look for the turn or risk a millstone around your neck.

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Feeling Swamped by Technology? Practice Ephemeralization

August 8, 2018

New technologies seem to be flying at you at an overwhelming rate. Computing, medicine, education, artificial and augmented reality, the list goes on and on. How do you even begin to deal with it all? Try a concept first floated

John Pientka

DIY AI! Build your own AI with kits from Google

August 3, 2018

Worried about the rise of the machines? Like doing things yourself? Now you can address both. Build your own AI with kits from Google. You can tell when something’s time has come. Hobbyists and tinkerers start doing it by themselves

John Pientka

You Can Leverage Digital Disruption to be Better at Business Development

July 24, 2018

You have heard it before: you’ve got to become a trusted advisor to your prospects in order to be successful in today’s sales environment. Great, how do you get that deep understanding? Take advantage of the disruption in the consulting

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That’s It? After All the Hype and Fear About A.I.? Turns Out They Can’t Do the Hard Stuff

June 27, 2018

Well, guess we should have known better. A.I. can play Jeopardy, Chess and Go but it seems their capabilities have topped out. Let’s talk about a new A.I. “winter”. A.I. was going to take your job – guess again. A.I.

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