Natural Language-The Future of Automated Writing

With apologies to the article's author Blake Snow, is he a human or a computer using a human pseudonym?

Can you tell the difference between what is written by a human and by algorithmic artificial intelligence?

You wouldn’t know it, but over the last few years, computers have increasingly (and quietly) written many of the sporting news, financial reporting, and weather forecasts you already read daily.

Don’t believe me? See if you can tell which of the below was written by a human and which by algorithmic artificial intelligence:

Example 1: “The University of Michigan baseball team used a four-run fifth inning to salvage the final game in its three-game weekend series with Iowa, winning 7-5 on Saturday afternoon (April 24) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.”



Many of us live at our desks during the workday.  We're encouraging Computing Center employees who are mostly deskbound to move around several times a day.  We're also providing better desk chairs and some workstations that can be used standing or sitting. 

Evolution shaped you to roam free, to set your muscles and cunning to the task of survival on the savannah. But we rarely roam beyond the walls of our office nowadays, wherever it may be, and evolution hasn’t caught up. These quick and easy fixes can help keep your muscles supple and reactions sharp in today’s professional jungle.

Wear the right shoes
Shoes make a bigger difference in the office than one might think and can directly affect the health of our knees, backs and more. The main culprit is high heels. The more often you forsake style in favor of lower heels and good arch support, the less likely you are experience pain later on down the road — especially if you use a standing desk.


Bar Code Technology & More

Bar codes, QR codes & RFID tags can feel like another language to the uninitiated.  However, these technologies are in use all over and can be very useful for your business or organization.

Scanning technology is moving far beyond the laser-scanned barcodes you've become familiar with at grocery stores, gyms, and concerts. In fact, you're likely using or benefiting from next-generation RFID and QR codes right now. The NFL used RFID in 2015 to provide what it calls "Next Gen Stats" for every player on the field.1 Your own business could be using this scanning technology to boost your bottom line, attract customers, control inventory, and more.


While RFID, QR codes, and barcodes are all ways to communicate information in a way that machines can quickly and easily understand, there are key differences between each. Here's what these technologies are, how they work, and how you can take advantage of them.


How to work from home and look good doing it

We often get used asked at The Computing Center -- "Do we allow our employees to work from home?"  Our answer is: "It depends!"  Some of our positions lend themselves easily to telecommuting, while others require staff members to be regularly in the office or able to visit client sites.  For us, it's a matter of flexibility.  If someone needs to be home with a sick child, it makes good business sense to let them work from home. To us, the key to being a great telecommuter is that our co-workers and most importantly, our clients shouldn't be able to tell the difference. Now where was this blog post created from?

In the last decade, the mobile workforce has increased by more than 100 percent—not that surprising when we consider the abundant improvement in technology over that same time period. Telecommuting offers wonderful benefits to companies and workers alike, with an improved work-life balance topping the charts. Not only that, but a 2015 Gallup poll shows that telecommuters are more likely to be more engaged in their jobs, and being engaged can lead to higher profitability, mobile productivity, customer engagement and other positive business outcomes.

But mobile teams experience problems of their own. At the forefront is the disconnection that naturally occurs when team members work separate from the rest of the team. Not only do telecommuters sometimes miss out on deeper relationships with co-workers, they don't get to experience office culture and can easily miss important announcements. A case study conducted among full-time telecommuters at a Chinese travel agency even showed that mobile workers were up to 50 percent less likely to receive promotions.


How to find your office Zen

 How to find your office Zen

Sometimes we all need to step away from our work and take a little break. But often, actually leaving the office isn’t an option. So what do you do when you need a quick mental vacation? Thankfully, the same technology that helps you stay productive can help you productively relax, too. Here are five tech tips that can help you find your balance, right in the midst of a hectic workday.

Block out the noise
If you work in a noisy office environment, noise-reducing headphones can mute three-fourths of the commotion around you.Built-in microprocessors go beyond simply drowning out unwanted distractions. They actively make things quieter by analyzing background noise and creating an inverse sound wave that cancels out offending sounds.


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