|Volume 22, Issue 1|
Welcome to the resurrected TechTalk Newsletter (see news release below).
This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows.
In this issue:
Facial recognition technology has the ability to transform the events industry, but it remains to be seen how attendees will respond to the biometrics solutions coming onto the market.
Potential uses for facial recognition include simplifying the on-site registration process, tracking attendee facial expressions to gauge interest in programming, enhancing security and providing more personalized attendee interactions.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a huge impact on events and society in general. Here are a number of ways that this is already happening.
TECHTALK TO RESUME:
In the past issue of TechTalk, I announced, after 22 years of publication, that I would cease the publication of TechTalk. After nearly 100 responses urging a continuance, I have considered another option. TechTalk will continue but will be produced by the team at AVaStar, a service offering of Electro-Media Design and my friend, Jeff Loether, an industry-recognized thought leader in presentations, meetings and event technologies. I will continue to contribute with occasional articles and other content.
The schedule is tentatively set for six time per year and, although the format will remain roughly the same, Jeff and his staff will bring a new energy and promise additional offerings such as podcasts and webcasts.
-- Corbin Ball
15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
5 Sites Just for Fun
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
“Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.” -- Rumi
"An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action rapidly is the ultimate competitive advantage." -- Jack Welch
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS:
"Economic slowdown... unemployment rises... interruptions in utilities... common use of heaters, cookstoves... increase in layoffs... some neighborhoods form purchasing associations... [probability of this outcome or worse] is 65 percent." -- Consultant Bruce Webster, The Y2K Survival Guide
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