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When tech moguls feud over AI

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Artificial intelligence (AI) is a subject that many are still beginning to understand. Often times, AI is confused with other concepts such as machine learning or even those new nifty gadgets, such as Amazon’s Alexa.

You wouldn’t think that a tech giant like Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, would be considered dumb on the subject of AI. After all, his company’s tech probably knows more about us than we do about ourselves.

However, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI & Neuralink, think that Zuckerberg lacks the necessary knowledge about AI for his opinion to matter.

“I’ve talked to Mark about this,” said Musk on Twitter. “His understanding of the subject is limited.”

Musk was replying to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (SBJ), after they published an article about Zuckerberg’s opinion of AI.

Zuckerberg was answering a question on his Facebook live feed titled: “Live grilling in my backyard.”

Grilling indeed.

“I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic,” said Zuckerberg. “And I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.”

As reported by the SBJ, Musk warned the public about the possibility of AI becoming harmful for humans.

“I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” the Tesla CEO said at the the National Governors Association summer meeting. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”

“Whenever I hear people saying AI is going to hurt people in the future, I think yeah, you know, technology can generally always be used for good and bad,” said Zuckerberg, “and you need to be careful about how you build it and you need to be careful about what you build and how it is going to be used.”

You can view the recorded Facebook live feed here.

 

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Former FEMA Chief on Current FEMA Chief

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Craig Fugate, former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, made public remarks on Twitter about his replacement.

“Dear Sir, Could (sic) you explain?” said Liz Treston (Twitter/@LizTreston.) “Are you saying that @FEMA_Brock isn’t capable of multi-tasking and actually seeing [community]matters?”

“Have you read the tweets?” said Fugate. “They read like public affairs points.”

Fugate is known in the emergency management community as a disaster extraordinaire. A wonder of some kind.

He is opinionated and blunt, but restrained from taking the spotlight away from his previous bosses such as former President Barack Obama.

His beginnings as a volunteer firefighter in Alachua County, Florida have provided him with a straight-talk of sorts aimed at the common first responder. His messaging tends to bypass the media fanfare for a one-on-one relation with his team members, which has produced a cult-following over the years.

He worked for former governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist in Florida, where hurricanes became his forte after Hurricane Katrina.

He speaks and emergency managers listen.

Maintaining his common-man vibe, he would always dress down, even while being in charge of FEMA. For him, wearing a tie means that you are some bureaucratic Washington elite with no regard to the public or their safety.

“Guess the windbreaker is out & the tie is back,” said Fugate. “Either that, or [Brock Long’s] logo wear hasn’t been ordered yet.”

Since Twitter was first created, Fugate has long advocated for its use in emergency management situations.

It’s not surprising that he would take a jab against Long for his lack of Twitter use early on.

He then went even further by asking which public affairs staffer was tweeting for Long. The tweet from Long clearly stated “spoke with” A staffer tweeting may have said something like: “Administrator Long speaks with.” While Fugate was at FEMA, he took pride in tweeting on his own via the now-defunct Twitter handle @Craigatfema.

Fugate then asked if the public would see a “@brockatfema” Twitter handle, similar to his former account.

The world is a better place because Fugate expresses his thoughts candidly. His experience and near-genius knowledge could in fact save many lives in the future, if he stays involved.

A few other politically-natured comments by Fugate:

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Nordstrom Announces Latest Retail Concept: Nordstrom Local

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services

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(SEATTLE) Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce Nordstrom Local – the company’s latest retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access Nordstrom services in a convenient, central location. This brand new Nordstrom experience will launch in West Hollywood on October 3, on the same day as the company’s Westside Pavilion store relocation to Century City.

Nordstrom Local will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint; much smaller than an average 140,000 sq. ft. Nordstrom store. This service-focused concept store has no dedicated inventory – rather, customers who want to shop will have access to Personal Stylists, who can transfer merchandise in for customers, as well as a suite of convenient services like Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store (available same-day), Alterations & Tailoring, Trunk Club services, manicure appointments and more (please see full list below).

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services

Customers will also be able to make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and Trunk Club.

“As the retail landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace, the one thing we know that remains constant is that customers continue to value great service, speed and convenience,” said Shea Jensen, Nordstrom senior vice president of customer experience who led the Nordstrom Local initiative. “We know there are more and more demands on a customer’s time and we wanted to offer our best services in a convenient location to meet their shopping needs. Finding new ways to engage with customers on their terms is more important to us now than ever.”

Nordstrom Local will have one styling suite and eight dressing rooms surrounding a central meeting space where customers can sit comfortably, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and chat with their Personal Stylists. Customers will also find Alterations & Tailoring and Order Pickup at the entrance, and items can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Curbside Pickup.

The full list of services available at Nordstrom Local includes:

Personal Stylists – Fast, fun, free – and zero pressure. A Nordstrom Personal Stylist can help customers with everything from a little fashion advice to a whole new wardrobe to finding the perfect gift at any budget. Customers can make an appointment with a stylist online, over the phone or in-person.

Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store – Customers can shop Nordstrom.com and pick up their purchases at Nordstrom Local on the same day, if ordered before 2pm.

Onsite Alterations & Tailoring – Customers can get professional alterations and tailoring at Nordstrom Local. On-site tailors will assure that any garment fits perfectly, from a simple jeans hem to a meticulously tailored suit.

Same-Day Delivery – Available for completed alterations or purchases, and delivered directly to a customer’s home on the same day, if ordered by 2pm.

Curbside Pickup – Alterations and Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store orders can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Nordstrom Local’s Curbside Pickup.

Trunk Club & Trunk Club Custom – Another convenient location for customers to meet a Trunk Club Stylist or pick up or return a trunk. The Nordstrom team of expert tailors will help customers select the right fabrics or create a Trunk Club Custom garment that suits them perfectly from workweek to weekend.

Nordstrom Gift Card Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofits in local communities.

Style Boards – Nordstrom Style Boards is a new salesperson tool that allows salespeople and Personal Stylists to create digital boards filled with personalized fashion recommendations, like a summer vacation or wedding, which customers can view on their phone and purchase directly through Nordstrom.com. In addition to fashion recommendations, customers can get the expert advice of a salesperson or Personal Stylist by having a conversation with them through the app.

Nail Services – Nordstrom Local offers eight different manicure services to help customers complete the perfect look.

Easy Returns – Customers can make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club.

On-Site Refreshments – Nordstrom Local will serve a full beverage menu including California-sourced beer and wine, cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, and handcrafted espresso drinks from our Nordstrom Ebar.

Nordstrom Local is located at 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (on the Corner of Melrose Place and Melrose).

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 356 stores in 40 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 224 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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Dad sits next to Nick Jonas, see what happens next

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Dad hats are back. Dad jeans are not. ‘Old Guys Rule’ is a successful-ish brand of dad wear.

What is it about dads that makes them so oblivious about the the modern world?

We may only know the answer once we arrive to dad-hood or mom-hood for that matter.

A dad walks in an airplane. He’s going somewhere wearing his trusty Major League Baseball grey t-shirt. Of course, he probably doesn’t know he’s picked that t-shirt five times the same week. He just wears it.

Then he sits in uncommon luxury in first-class. He probably looks around and see a young fellow next to him with shades, a hat, and big headphones.

“He’s probably listening to the game,” the dad possibly assumed.

So he talks to the guy. They exchange pleasantries. It’s not the game he’s listening to, the dad finds out.

The young fellow gets back to his cans for some more music trying to relax. Who knows the kind of day he’s had. Now a dad next to him wants to chitchat.

The dad looks around a couple of times and sheepishly – dad gets that he’s no longer cool like that – points to the headphones.

“Do they sound good?” the dad may have said.

“Yeah,” probably said the young fellow. “They’re alright.”

The dad tells him his name and the young fellow responds.

“I’m Nick Jonas.”

“Oh, ok, I had a friend back in the day named Nicholas,” could’ve said the dad. “He also went by Nick.”

Jonas nods. He’s trying not to laugh at this point, since he realizes that dad has no clue what he does.

“I’m a singer,” possibly said Jonas. “I used to be in a band, but now I do solo performances.”

The dad is thinking at this point that his daughter may like such a swell guy. He’s tried being a matchmaker in the past, but it didn’t take. Maybe this was it.

“Who is Nick Jonas?” said dad to Deanna Hall, his daughter (real name, Twitter: @deannanicoleh)

And the rest is viral history. Follow @deannanicoleh, because she deserves it for sharing this with the world.

We’ve all sorta been there at some point. Maybe not with a mega pop-star tho.

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