#6things: Deep AI, Donuts and Torchy’s Tacos

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Wow. It feels like forever since I wrote one of these things. Sorry for the delay. I know you missed me. For those of you who don’t know, I write these because it’s a perfectly legitimate way to steal cool links from my colleagues and pretend like I thought of them myself. Also because, gossip. So what are the chats on everyone’s lips? Here goes:

 

WHO IS THE DIRTY BASTARD BEHIND HRTECH DIRT?

I mean aside from the few people who have complained that the email signed them up without their knowledge, most people really love the HRTech Dirt newsletter. I asked a group of folks in the HRTechTank group just who was behind it. I got every answer from Jason Averbook (@jasonaverbook) to the people maybe behind Visier (others think that Visier is more forthright and it can’t be them). Some people think it might be the same group behind Restless Bandit and most everyone thinks they’re based in Virginia based on the IP. I really love getting sourcers going 😀 Email me if you know what’s up! (HRTechDirt)

 

WE ARE LIVING IN THE APOCALYPTIC WORLD OF T2

And no one is doing anything about it, you guys! From this Medium article shared by Rob McIntosh:

An AI named AlphaGo is now a better Go player than any human and has been granted the “divine” rank of 9 dan. In other words, its level of play borders on godlike. Go has officially fallen to machine, just as Jeopardy did before it to Watson, and chess before that to Deep Blue.

For the layperson, this means that robots can now officially rule game night. What the heck? <flips Monopoly Board>

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But what does this mean for the world of work? Just this:

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Read the whole article because now I am bored and also depressed. (Medium)

 

HIRING FOR SERVICE ROLES

Kelly Long (who’s like the smartest EVER) is looking for processes, competencies and roles from companies who are amazing at customer experience (or at least she was a month ago). It’s a great question when you consider the current tug of war experienced between manufacturing jobs and our growing service economy. Her examples included Nordstrom’s, Southwest et al. Got any ideas? How do the best service companies recruit for shiny, happy people who don’t get burnt out? You gotta admit, it’s a tough recruiting question that’s a refreshing break from “How do you hire coders in Silicon Valley?” (The Personnel Department)

 

I DON’T KNOW IF I’M INSULTED OR NOT?

When I first saw Stanford was willing to pay for an MBA if you “had strong ties to” or would be “willing to work in” the Midwest, I was all “Yay! Free MBA! In your face 11th-grade guidance counselor!” but then I was offended because mostly Paul Debettignies. He raised the point that this was kind of arrogant (if you already live in the Midwest and are doing just fine with your regular midwestern MBA or no damn MBA at all). So what do you think? Should I be mad or just grab that free education? (Finance Yahoo)

 

WHEN YOUR CEO IS WOKE AF

From Facebook AT&T employees: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who represents tens of thousands of employees of color, weighed in on Black Lives Matter and his employees LOVED IT. (Watch on Facebook)

 

BUY ME DONUTS, GET A JOB

Well, not actually but since I am in marketing and I like the idea of a creative thinker who gets INSIDE THE DONUT BOX, this would totally at least get you an interview. This guy put his well-designed resume inside a donut box and delivered it to employers of choice. I love it. I also love donuts. (Thrillist)

 

Other links I do not have time to explain to you right now:

MeetFranz sounds pretty cool. I’m going to try it.

This one is for Dwane (@DwaneLay) and Crystal (@theonecrystal). Torchy’s Tacos learns from LEAN beginnings.

Stop basing pay on performance reviews.

Blergh. Can we not do this? Women CAN GET WHATEVER JOB THEY WANT!

Employers should be SO OVER degrees (but they’re not tho)

Vocational training instead? I vote yes!

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