March Madness Productivity Loss, Invisible reCAPTCHA And Dress For STEM

On Episode 345 of The Waves of Tech, we cover a range of technological topics that are impacting the way we use and experience the Internet and live online.  We dive right into one of the most annoying user experiences – CAPTCHA.  With the introduction of Invisible reCAPTCHA from Google, the Internet just became a little bit less annoying.  March Madness is in full effect and that means a few things – plenty of lost productivity time from employees and spiked frustrations for employers.  The Dress For STEM campaign, led by thousands of female meteorologists, is an amazing display of community aimed at encouraging more women to enter into STEM fields and industries.  And finally, we share a story of how the elderly often times are the first to be left behind when it comes to technological advancement.  Enjoy the podcast…and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

Invisible reCAPTCHA Improves User Experience

We all know what CAPTCHA is and how absolutely annoying it has been over the past 5 years.  Google is introducing Invisible reCAPTCHA (a service that works as a background bot-sniffer), which does the work for you to improve the overall online user experience.

  • reCAPTCHA uses advanced risk analysis to keep software from engaging in abusive activities on your site
  • Proven beta testing shows the service is reliable, capable, and secure
  • Google’s reCAPTCHA Always stays at the forefront of spam and abuse fighting trends
  • Product works in the background, understanding your use & history to automate security

Productivity Loss During March Madness

For college basketball and sports fans, March Madness means countless hours of debate, analysis, bracketology, and stress.  For employers, this means countless hours of loss productivity, worker inattention, and lack of concentration.

  • An estimated productivity loss of $2.1 billion results from the March Madness mayhem
  • Employees are streaming games, taking extended lunches, and taking longer breaks
  • Employers are constantly battling with multiple employee distractions
  • Streaming games may be costing companies millions in bandwidth costs
  • Business and employees need to find a way to share in the experience and bond

Female Meteorologists Create STEM Campaign

In an amazing display of unity, community, and promotion, March 14 is #DressForSTEM.  The campaign is led by thousands of female meteorologists as they want to encourage more women to go into STEM fields and industries.

  • Participants are wearing similarly style dresses or blue dresses to express unity
  • Meteorology involves extensive coursework in advanced math and physics classes
  • Bree Smith (spokeswoman) says, “Women are grossly underrepresented in science fields, and we hope to shine a light, and encourage.”
  • The campaign will shed a light on the need to attract more females to STEM professions

Technology and The Elderly

During a recent evening out for dinner, Steve witnessed something that is growing more and more common in our society – the elderly being neglected even when it comes to the simplest advancements in technology.

  • The new soft drink touch screen machines had several senior citizens confused
  • Overhearing youth chuckle at their expense if disheartening to hear
  • Use these opportunities to help those that need the assistance since we can provide it
  • Remember that we all need assistance from time to time, whether it’s for the simplest or most difficult technological tasks
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