On Episode 493 of the Waves of Tech, we are packing in a lot in 40 minutes! Amazon Alexa offers a suite of business skills to save you time, energy, and efforts throughout the work week. Rwanda has incorporated five robots throughout a hospital in their fight against the global viral pandemic, offering critical health screenings to thousands per day. The upcoming manned SpaceX flight will make history as human space travel returns to USA soil through a successful public-private partnership. Facebook recently announced a plan to shift employees from the office to a permanent work from home situation.
Alexa Skills for Your Business
Smart speakers are most commonly used for listening to music, looking up receipts, streaming podcasts, and adding things to a grocery list. But when it comes to business, TechRepublic put together a list of 10 skills to create some efficiency and streamlining for your business. Take a look at some of these skills to help you get more done through the day and the week.
- Intently.co skill connects you with more service providers easily (plumbing, electrical)
- Analytics Assistant links with Google Analytics, gather information & data from website
- Expedia for Alexa allows easy booking for flights, hotels, rentals, and related needs
- Wunder Link helps manage those pesky at-work, at-home to-do lists
Using Robotics in Healthcare Delivery
As nations around the world grapple with how to best manage their workers and patients in response to the coronavirus, Rwanda is rolling out robots to conduct temperature screenings and check patients’ vitals. The robots are conducting routine duties on patients and those visiting the hospitals, freeing up workers to focus on delivery of other health care functions.
- The UN Development Program donated these 5 robots to Rwanda to combat spreading
- Incredibly, robots can screen 150 people every minute for symptoms of the virus
- With ability to deliver food and medicines, less human power is required for these tasks
- More applicability in healthcare, food service, and warehousing could be seen near soon
May 27 – Space History Made in USA
It has been nearly 10 years since the United States utilized domestic space flight equipment to send American astronauts to the International Space Station. That changes with the use of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. It marks the next-generation of human space travel with state of the art flight instrumentation and control systems.
- NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly up at 17,000 MPH
- The epitome of government funding, private innovation, and national pride on display
- Lift-off with take place from the historic Launch Pad 39A, home of the Apollo missions
- The highly automated system will dock at the ISS and then return astronauts home
Facebook Follows Twitter & Square
Last week, we talked about the decision of Jack Dorsey to allow employees of Twitter and Square to work from home permanently. Facebook followed suit this week and announced similar plans. For a very office-centric atmosphere and culture, this is a major step for the social media conglomerate. However, employees may see a drop in pay and benefits as a result.
- Facebook may adjust salaries based on home-base location of employees
- Work-from-home could assist with employee retention and drop attrition rates
- They may be able to recruit new talent without their office-heavy mentality
- Long term, products and applications may look different with a new work environment
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