Windows Shortcuts while WFH

Contrary to what many people believe, working from home means more work and more multitasking with your computer than when you are in the office. To be more efficient, you need to master keyboard shortcuts so that you can quickly move from one task to another. Check this link for Microsoft Windows shortcuts https://lnkd.in/eqHimny and this link for Mac keyboard shortcuts https://lnkd.in/eiW4s4b
Also having an Amazon Alexa Echo can be useful for some headset-free music or as a digital assistant tool. If you use Microsoft Teams for collaboration, make sure to turn the background blur option on so that people do not see anything or anyone but you. More tips to share on an occasional basis. #staysafe #banfieldlife

Inventions & Documentations

Many past inventions, such as 17th century mechanical calculator machines or early 20th century computers, suffered from clearly identifying the innovators and the original creators. Chronology of events is important for history and documentation as future creators built on previous accomplishments. Technology is moving fast, new developers and creators are now rushing to publish something out there and share it without making an effort to document their work or properly disclose where the ideas came form. Fast forward to a decade from now, no one will have a clue who is truly the innovator or the impostor. Managers must enforce documentation to their team and they themselves must be held accountable for that they manage. Coders/creators must write the story behind their work and publish it some where that is accessible by the organization (or society) that entrusted the work to them. Everyone should write their true story. It is the first step in building a factual history in the future. #technology #innovation #history

Exciting Times for Chatbots

Exciting times for chatbots. Team completed a next generation of an enterprise-scale mobile-base chatbot with new functionalities and speedy response. Wasn’t easy but worth it. Focus and determination is key. We are also doing some other r&d experiments with voice chatbots as priorities allow. I built my first enterprise chatbot in 2003, and I am so fortunate to be involved again 17 years layer with that same energy and momentum. In today’s world, It is essential for IT leaders to continuously build their technical skills and stay hands-on. They would be the voice of their team and would be able to bridge communication and information between the business and IT. If you are an IT leader who is finding himself or herself far away from technologies, feel free to message me and I will recommend ways to get that IT mojo back. #leadership #technology #banfieldlife

Together, Machines and Humans

Elon Musk was asked earlier Feb on Twitter if a PhD is needed to learn AI and artificial neural networks (NN). He said: “a PhD is definitely not required. All that matters is a deep understanding of AI & ability to implement NNs in a way that is actually useful (latter point is what’s truly hard). Don’t care if you even graduated high school.” Elon is right. There are a lot of great use cases to integrate AI into our projects and in the business, such as voice assistants and smart predictions. But, we should do 2 things first: 1) Stop from simply trying because we fear AI will take over the world. AI is already everywhere so let’s embrace it ethically and intelligently. 2) Not every project will show true ROI at first. So, rather than killing it at inception, begin small or part time starting with just one developer and one business person, not as an MVP but as a real working use case. Together, machines and humans, can come up with amazing things. Our solutions should be better than what our predecessors, both humans and machines, did in the past, since we now have better technologies and much bigger intellectual wealth than even before. #future #leadership #innovation #artificialintelligence

2/22/2012

My dad passed away 2/22/2012. Cancer took him after a long fight. He was a pioneer in journalism and future thinking. He loved the pen and paper. He loved his family. His pride is seeing his children and grandchildren succeed in life. He always believed in being passionate with what you do, be authentic and honest, and be good to yourself and everyone around you. Never political, never greedy, always loving and always embracing positivism in life no matter what life throws back at you. He was the first to get a television in his neighborhood. First to get an encyclopedia while making monthly payments for each book. First to push technology in journalism in Lebanon. Always inviting others to leverage the knowledge he acquired. Never selfish. Never. I miss my dad. I miss every moment that he was with us, but I know that every drop of thought or vision or act that I do each day has my dad in it.

My College Days Story

A big wish for me came true this weekend when I had the honor to present in Palo Alto Silicon Valley to my fellow alumni at the American University of Beirut. I talked about my passion for computers from childhood to high school to college and after. From coding when I was 9 in Cyprus passing through text adventure gaming and more coding during my teenage years in Lebanon. Rediscovering myself during college years after working in between and appreciating the value of education by learning first hand from my mistakes. Then after that becoming a webmaster and getting deep into Internet web development right when the Internet kicked off in the mid 90s. I stopped my talk at the year 2001 when my wife and I moved to the United States, which I later took leading technology jobs and delivered great products with my team. Summarizing the first 20 years of sweat and love for the technology machine into 15 minutes was tough but totally worth it for me. I loved every minute of it. Hopefully I will have a chance to tell me my next 20 years and ongoing tech story in the US.

Sharing Alumni Experience

Geeking out on AI, machine learning, computing and medicine, as well as cloud computing and entrepreneurship with fellow professors, doctors, and alumni in Silicon Valley / Paolo Alto this Saturday. Many of my fellow computer science and engineering graduates from the American University of Beirut currently living in the US and attending the reunion have leading positions in organizations that include Google, Amazon, Coupa, Ontologik.ai, Stanford, Salesforce, and more – Banfield as well for me, of course. I will also have a chance to share on stage my career experience by highlighting my personal transformation journey from past to present passion in innovation and computers. More information is available about the event which is open to anyone is at https://lnkd.in/egbbs8s #aub # #innovation

IT Transformation & Cybersecurity Forum

It was exciting to moderate two sessions in Seattle, one on cyber security to cover for the original planned presenter, and the other on “IT Transformation and CIOs”, as part of my original session. Interacting with over twenty leaders in the field was very informative. Thank you NCS Madison for allowing me to moderate the sessions.