Published September 2018
September 2018…my birthday month. I love the idea of taking an entire month off for my birthday! Unfortunately, that is not possible. I have articles to write and projects to run. Important stuff! Also, truth be told, I would go mad if I stopped working. Even during the holidays, I am ready to go back to work after about a week.
Getting to the subject of work, have you ever heard of Silver Tree Investments? I hadn’t until someone from their company, possibly one of the founders, sent an email to one of my companies asking to be listed as a keynote speaker. It was by accident that I even saw the request. Regardless, I am glad I did.
I was curious enough to have a look at their website. After having done so, I believe I need to share their web address and encourage anyone seeking a real business boost to also have a look.
This company does not offer support to concepts or start-ups. You must have the ball rolling already.
I understand their position here. Many people are too lazy to get things up and running and would rather try to get others to do the hard work. They end up wasting professionals’ time by waffling on about their wonderful idea, which they expect others to invest and risk on but fail to do the same. If you are not one of these lazy people and already have a company going, Silver Tree Investments can help with the next big hurdle. They might be the solution you have been seeking to catapult your company into the next level; everything from tech support to skills and, of course, investments.
Are you a selfie fan?
Do you hate having to position the camera just right but then struggle to push the button so as to capture the photo…a button which then appears to need more force than usual, just because your phone is in a precarious position?
For those of you who are this way inclined, you might be very interested in this new tech, which I predict will mean even your car windscreen will be able to take a selfie of you by the end of the next decade. Actually, any glass surface could become a camera. Imagine being in a shopping mall now and all the new picture opportunities and angles for you to consider.
Of course, there are so many possible business applications for this new technology, which is called Computational Imaging.
Computational photography is about a digital image captured and then processed using digital means, in most cases, custom algorithms as opposed to optical processes.
Soon, any clean piece of glass with a little gadget attached can become a camera and even film videos.
Photography companies might want to think about adapting to this new technology quickly or risk the loss of jobs to technology even more.
While on the subject of jobs and work…
Nearly half the really good jobs in South Africa are related to tech.
During my research, I found some interesting news on the safest and best paid job opportunities in South Africa. There were only ten examples of such jobs with both good pay and longevity, which is rather scary, and from them, four involved computers at some level. YAY!
So, if you are thinking of a new career, it is a safe idea to get some studies done and then move into one of these four positions. I have included their average annual salaries as well.
In South Africa the average salary is currently R19 800 per month. Any of these four careers offer at least double the average salary if not more.
Two other options that do not feature on the above list and which are relatively new and hard to define are positions as data scientists and AI consultants. So you might want to start calling yourself and get into the field of a Data Scientist or start working as an AI consultant. Both professions are desperately lacking people with only around 300 000 service needs in these fields throughout the world. This is scary if you consider the fact that there is such a small fraction of professionals keeping tech controlled when the total amount of devices on the Internet is greater than the entire human population.
If you are going to do it, you are going to have to do it yourself.
There are a few people in my life who complain about their university education. Some of the complaints are valid and some just confuse me.
I know that education is lacking when it comes to technology, and how it is going to influence a person’s future career or the industry in general.
I also know that even if you go to the best university, you would probably be surprised at how many lessons are actually not lessons at all but rather a demand that you read some text books and then self-teach.
My point being that in the field of tech, it is not going to be any different. In fact, 99% is going to be about your own effort. So why not do this from your own home?
Take a look at the site below: https://www.fusemachines.com/ai-fellowship/ which is about a company called Fusemachines.
This is an opportunity in which you can learn to become an AI engineer, and if you are going to study, this is a very good field to tackle.
Medicine falling from the sky!
I can’t stop smiling about this company in Rwanda.
I remember Rwanda as a country very well because of a movie called Hotel Rwanda – which everyone should see!
Back to my point… For those who don’t know this country, let me share with you a pertinent point here. The roads are not as developed as those we have here in South Africa. This becomes a challenge for many services, but there is an industry solving some of the challenges by avoiding the roads totally and delivering medicine through the air at 100km per hour.
I am talking about the initiative of using drones to deliver medical supplies.
This is not some fly-by-night company. www.flyzipline.com is a very well planned and executed business, which works perfectly in Rwanda. This is a prime example of a tech company working extremely well in Africa.
Another great bit of news out of Africa for this article is the Lagos Digital Academy.
This is another education and skills development initiative I love and perfect for those in Nigeria wanting to use digital tools to get going with their own company or up-skill their current staff for the years to come.
A huge well done to Dotun Babatunde, Tola Bademosi and Kunle for founding this wonderful organisation. Visit their website for more information on: https://lagosdigitalacademy.com/
Do not accuse me of copying a Top Gear trend!
Although, I loved the show and really wouldn’t be offended if you did.
If you are also a fan, you might recall the presenters joking about how some of the viewers used to complain about the show giving so little practical advice on cars.
So, let me do my share of practical advice dispensing for this article: I wanted to talk about some options available for businesses wanting to get their guests or clients hooked up to the Internet while in their trade environment. This should apply to just about every company actually!
Every business that has a physical shop or location, where clients can engage with you or your service, needs to accept that within the next ten years or so if you are not hooked up to the web or enable digital communication within your business plan you will suffer a loss of sales if not complete company closure. This is a fact.
Incorporate the Internet of Things into your business soon.
For now, it already has many benefits, not limited to a return from marketing when people share on their social media while in-store. It gives you buyers’ data and helps increase return clients. The list goes on and on.
Think about this… have you ever seen children sitting quietly at Spur on an IPad while their parents get to eat in peace and quiet?
This only happens because Spur offers Internet in-store! Parents are more likely to come to this franchise now because they get a break to eat in silence.
So, who do you use to hook up your business?
Here are some trending examples of service providers, starting off with an international solution called Cambium’s Enterprise Wi-Fi solution, which, unfortunately, is in many ways ahead of some of our local options.
This company offers remote virtual control and in general has an extremely powerful package, offering support to over 500 concurrent users and over very long distances.
You get a guest portal that allows you to set up parameters through time, speed and bandwidth, which can be offered using a voucher system, login or even SMS. I spent some time on their website looking at their products, and from the website information I have to assume we can use and get these products in South Africa: https://www.cambiumnetworks.com/products/wifi/
If you want to support a local company, which is always great for our economy, perhaps consider one of these:
There are a few other options and I believe every company needs to investigate what will work best for them before getting into bed with any long term contracts.
I liked this one option which stands out and offers a temp solution, which is a great idea if your business does offsite work, such as promotions and floating shops, or even if you want to offer guests Internet at events. Take a look at this website: https://www.skyrove.com/?adref-c001-adg3-ad1
Bag of Nuts.
Some quick random nibbles.
Facebook stock fell by 19%. This is a loss of 120 billion USD. The damage was incurred as a result of a poor data privacy reputation. Instagram is going to save them, but Facebook is fighting back and rolling out all sorts of new things, like a new reputation score system, fighting their battle of fake news. These steps will hopefully attract more marketers through increased confidence in the platform.
Digital Twin is a term you need to know in business, especially manufacturing. A digital twin is your product on a PC. This saves time, money, allows sharing of information, improves testing and all sorts of other wonderful things. An excellent website to see some software and products is as follows: https://www.ansys.com/products/systems/digital-twin
Biohacking. Hacking is not only going to be for PCs in the future. If you have a digital device connected to yourself, you better make sure you have a very good virus program or you run the risk of having parts of your body controlled by someone else.
There is a debate on the true definition of this term, but I prefer to use it in context of humanity being “transhuman”, and this is an era that will materialise over the next 10 years or so. Already we have the world's first ultrathin artificial retina and, apparently, with a few modifications the device could be used to track heart and brain activity.
To end, let’s talk about death!
Cryptocurrency. You need to start adding your digital money into your last will and testament so that it doesn’t become nothingness once you leave this life. And while you are alive, please don’t think you can hide this wallet from SARS either, they are apparently clamping down and working on ways to identify traders.
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