Benard Marr has released a new book on Tech Trends in Industry. This is a supplement to his previous books on technical practices in industry. His books have great practical examples of how various companies are using technology for practical solutions:
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Data Security Tips for during a crisis
A crisis, such as the one we are in now due to COVID-10, is a time when cybercriminals thrive. A recent article in the Journal of Accountancy provides some reminders of tips your orgainization should take to strengthen your data security. Check out the article below:
Free Books from Springer
Springer publishing is offering several books and textbooks for free for a limited time.
A couple of interest to AIS profressors may include:
- Data Mining
- Excel Data Analysis
- Python Programming Fundamentals
To find the over 300 free books, go to https://www.springernature.com/gp/librarians/news-events/all-news-articles/industry-news-initiatives/free-access-to-textbooks-for-institutions-affected-by-coronaviru/17855960
The algorithm made me do it!
The algorithm made me do it shows one of the primary reasons explainable artificial intelligence will be needed in the future. Many AI solutions seem to be a black box which few, if any, individuals can explain the particular output.
This Harvard Business Review article highlights why the black box approach to AI in the future won’t be feasible. The author notes that the “The algorithm told me to do it” defense won’t likely stand up in court.
To read the rest of the article, go to hbr.org/2019/11/why-business-leaders-need-to-understand-their-algorithms
Best Excel Reference Book
Over the years, I have used many Excel reference books to continually try to find new tips and tricks. There have been several that have been pretty good. Some were too basic, others just not helpful.
This book is aimed at the intermediate level users. This feature made the book attractive as I don’t need pages of introductory material in Excel.
The book has great descriptions of methods to analyze and manipulating data — perfect for accountants. It also has tons of practice exercises for those wanting to use the text in the classroom.
For more information on the book, go to https://amzn.to/335Elez for Excel 2016 or https://amzn.to/358w77B for Excel 2019.
Fool the prof — Make any Wikipedia article look like a legitimate journal site
A recent Buzzfeed article (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/wikipedia-fake-academic-journal ) claimed that a new website would convert any Wikipedia page into a PDF that looks just like a respected journal article. It even gives users the appropriate MLA or APA citation with a preview of what a professor would see if they clicked the link.
So, I had to try the website myself.
The first thing I see on the website is a field to enter a link the Wikipedia link. So, I put in the URL for the Blockchain site.
After a few short seconds, it gave me a view of a PDF looking file, complete with ink blotches of an article on blockchain. Weird title, but possible.
To get the citation, a student clicks on the button and different formats are provided. An URL is provided as part of the link.
The second button shows what an instructor would see if they viewed the link.
The page looks like a valid journal at first glance it looks like a legitimate journal, complete with a fake ISSN number. From what I can see, the article is pretty much a straight copy of Wikipedia.
So, this leads the question. Would you rather have the student cite Wikipedia directly, than trying to falsify the source? At least then the citation could be judged on its own merit.
What is Dark Data?
Dark data is all of the data an organization has collected or has access to, but does not use. There may be many hidden gems for decision making in this hidden data.
This short video describes dark data for the new user.
What does Google know about you — a lot!
Whether through its Android phones or your access to search engines, Google is tracking everything you do.
This article shows you how to disable some of Google’s data collecting on your devices and what functionality it effects.
Taking the CPA exam — Listen here!
If you are taking the CPA exam in the near future, you may want to listen to this interview with Mike Decker, the VP of Examinations at the AICPA. Mike leads the team of 62 people that write, administer and grade the exam.
AI part of Microsoft 365
Microsoft is infusing AI into many aspects of Microsoft 365 for Office users. Check out the following video for some of the new user friendly options.