Author Archives: Amber Mac

Smart Home Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and we’re spending more time in our houses this winter, so we’ve gathered together some great smart home gift ideas for you and your loved ones. Whether it’s your mom, dad, siblings, or kids, we’re sure you’ll find something to love below. Genius… Read More

PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Demystifying the COVID Alert App

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and COVID Alert Advisory Co-Chair Jean-Francois Gagne join me to discuss how the country’s exposure notification app can help us protect ourselves – and each other – during this second wave of COVID-19. We explain how this technology works, why it’s safe, and where it’s… Read More

ALGORITHMS: Why We’re Hooked Hard on Social Media

Alex Kantrowitz, the author of Always Day One and host of the Big Technology Podcast, joins me to discuss why algorithms are a lot like junk food without the regulation. To further discuss the societal impact of artificial intelligence systems, AI Now Institute Co-founder Meredith Whittaker shares what we need to know… Read More

EDUCATION: Unpacking a Back-to-School COVID-19 Crisis

Higher education futurist Bryan Alexander on pandemic problems on campus and K-12 strategist Dwayne Matthews on why COVID-19 is accelerating the future of learning. Or listen to our EDUCATION episode on your favorite podcast network through the links below…… Read More

Future of Dairy Farming: Automation & AI

I recently spent the day on a dairy farm west of Toronto to learn more about the bright future of agriculture. I’ve been talking about AgTech for the past couple of years, especially when exploring the advantages of artificial intelligence relative to how we get our food. I was pleasantly… Read More

Back-to-School Tech 2020

The school year is going to look different for many families. Whether you’re learning at home or heading back to the classroom, starting elementary school or kicking off university, here is a round-up of 6 new and practical tech picks to make a tough year a little bit easier. 1. Read More

The AI Effect podcast series wins Gold 2020!

I’m so happy to announce that The AI Effect podcast series that I co-hosted with Jodie Wallis at Accenture Canada won Gold for Best Marketing Communications at Monday’s Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala! The awards (presented by video due to COVID-19) are part of ACE’s… Read More

6 Father’s Day Tech Ideas for Life at Home

Father’s Day 2020 may be a little different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it great for that special dad in your life. Here are six tech gifts I think dads will love. For the active dad: Samsung Galaxy Watch and … Read More

Tech Test: The LG gram for Entrepreneurs

For more than a decade, I’ve embraced the freedom to grow my business from coffee shops, airport terminals, hotel rooms, and, yes (especially now), my house. While we do have a dedicated studio space for video production, as a creative professional I enjoy a change in scenery to work on… Read More

Skype Meet Now How-to for Video Calls

Meet Now is a Zoom competitor that is part of Skype and lets you freely host unlimited video meetings (“in one click”) with no signups, downloads (unless you’re on a phone, in which case you need the Skype app), or purchase required. Video calls can have up to 50 people… Read More