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It’s likely you have multiple interactions with AI that you aren’t even aware of on a daily basis. Artificial intelligence has embedded itself in some of the most widely used consumer technologies on the planet without many consumers even noticing. So it should come as no surprise that artificial intelligence is infusing modern office spaces with enhanced capabilities. Business-focused AI will take the boss-employee relationship in an interesting direction, and the transformation process is already underway.

The function of a boss, at its essence, is to ensure that a company performs at its highest potential. Following this definition, the future of business looks extremely bright. AI can streamline operations and help businesses become more efficient than was ever thought possible. This is thanks to advanced data collection and analysis that will give CEOs the tools to increase productivity by an estimated 40 percent or more by 2035. …


According to the results of a 2016 Gallup survey, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent some of their working hours working remotely. Working remotely has its benefits and many companies have adopted a work-from-home policy: workers can choose to work remotely altogether, or alternatively, come into the office several times a week. Some roles are now 100 percent remote and can be valuable to companies that work with contractors overseas or across the country.

Communicating with remote workers typically takes place with videoconferencing tools, but is this level of communication as effective and productive as in-person meetings? As the world transitions to web- and cloud-based systems, where virtual workers are the norm, we may be missing out on some invaluable benefits of face-to-face interactions and in-person communication. From Fortune 500 companies to smaller businesses, there is inherent value in using videoconferencing tools to connect with employees, contractors, and even clients around the globe — but also several downsides. …


Maybe your family’s gotten larger, or that Christmas bonus isn’t what you had hoped for. No matter the reason, Christmastime brings about a financial crunch for many of us. Not to worry, there are a number of easy-to-start side hustles available to give your bank account that boost you need to take care of everyone on your list.

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Infographic of 5 Side Hustles to Help with Christmas Crunch — Courtesy of Dave Rocker

Putting up decorations

Once, people used to put up elaborate Christmas decorations to impress their neighbors. Now, thanks to social media, some ambitious decorators are competing with Holiday displays around the world! …


The term nanotechnology refers to engineering on a molecular scale, measured with units like nanometers, which consist of 1 billionth of a meter (a sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick). These microscopic dimensions have the potential to enact major changes in the diagnosis of diseases, building of medical instruments, and creating ‘smart’ textiles and materials. But potentially the most intriguing possibility, straight out of science fiction, is the potential for implants which supplement or even supplant human brain activity.

Nanotech has already been the subject of substantial neurological research. In 2015, Harvard scientists implanted a nanofiber mesh into subject mice designed to monitor brain activity on a neuron-by-neuron level. While neural implants do exist already on a limited basis, nanotech allows for soft, flexible materials that don’t agitate fragile brain tissue. With these more pinpointed brain-scanning tools, scientists expect to expand our understanding of how the individual parts of the brain work, with an eye towards engineering solutions for neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease. …


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Today, there is a vital interest in integrating veterans back into the fabric of society after experiencing the hardships of war. As veterans come home from duty, they seek to re-establish stable, productive, and healthy lives in the workforce.

Oftentimes, veterans suffer from a lack of direction and training as they re-assimilate back into the private sector. One emerging field where veterans have an opportunity for training and hiring is the tech industry. High tech is permanently improving our lives, but there are many ways it can include hopefully the lives of working veterans.

However, it has become harder to find and retain talent in the tech industry, as a CTA survey of 300 tech executives reports 86% of the execs need more employees with technical skills, but 70% can’t find these kinds of employees. Tech companies have now discovered the gap and the competitive edge to hiring, training, and retaining veterans. …


This article was originally published along with Dave’s other business-related content and advice at DaveRocker.org.

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Building creative work teams is necessary to establish a creative and competitive business. However, employing and generating creative innovations takes more than just employing and asking employees to be more creative-minded. Business leaders must foster creativity within their workplaces.

Here are some ways business leaders can foster creativity in the workforce:

Encourage Experimentation

Supportive workplace environments can build a strong sense of community, but also foster stable and more experimental environments when developing ideas. More often than not, a team’s trial and error process can create a viable solution. To be innovative, leaders need to provide the opportunity for experimentation. …


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Pat Sajak’s announcing career got started as the “Good Morning Vietnam” voice for service members.

When you think of famous military vets, the people who come to mind are most likely well-known for what they achieved while they wore the uniform. People like Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, or Colin Powell might be among the names that come to mind. However, we can’t forget just how many of our former military personnel have gone onto fame as civilians, after their service was complete.

The military can be a springboard to any of a number of careers, as shown by these five veterans who went on to fame after gaining structure, stability, and courage from their time honorably serving the people of the United States. …


Our veterans are such a symbol of strength for this country that when we hear the troubling truth about the high incidence of suicide among returning troops, it can seem implausible. The fact is that though they serve with pride and valor, the toll of combat enacts itself on different people in different ways, with some bearing a greater amount of strain than others. Coming to terms with this means acknowledging that it is a serious problem in the veteran community.

Suicide is of course a problem for many different kinds of people, but it can be an especially severe issue for former military members. A 2012 study from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine found that “combat veterans are not only more likely to have suicidal ideation, often associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, but they are more likely to act on a suicidal plan.” Addressing this need is a shared job for all Americans who enjoy their freedom and way of life. …


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Former drill sergeant, Bob Ross — host of Joy of Painting on PBS

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When you think of famous military vets, the people who come to mind are most likely well-known for what they achieved while they wore the uniform. People like Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, or Colin Powell might be among the names that come to mind. However, we can’t forget just how many of our former military personnel have gone onto fame as civilians, after their service was complete.

The military can be a springboard to any of a number of careers, as shown by these five veterans who went on to fame after gaining structure, stability, and courage from their time honorably serving the people of the United States. …


This infographic accompanies the original article published on DaveRocker.net.

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