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Business Bonus: Why did The "Willy Wonka Experience" Fool So Many People?

 This month really has been FebruAIry, hasn't it?  ICYMI: The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Experience , run by an "event" company, was an incredibly odd disappointment that happened in Glasgow, Scotland last week. The lush and wonderful treats promised were not in attendance, upsetting guests young and old. So you must be asking, why is this here? On a tech portfolio? Because I'm here to ask; How did this fool so many people? I don't blame the people who paid for this (Not totally): Some are parents who needed a fun activity for their families. Others just wanted to see a cool world and burn an hour or so. It's making us laugh all over the world. However, there were plenty of reasons to believe this wasn't up to snuff. Because just look at this site for the Willy Wonka Experience Event ; You and I can immediately see this is AI generated:   There are also no pictures about this actual event - or any of their past events - on the website. The copy

Heyday

 Do we call this month FebruAIry? No, we can workshop that. Heyday is - according to their website - Heyday is an AI copilot that transforms your documents, notes, and conversations into quotes, shareable content, and a queryable database. Simplified, it takes your notes - and your browsing history, if you choose - to make a searchable DB to sift through things. You, in theory, can add information from the pages your on if you so choose. It does cost money, but there is a 14-day free trial currently, and it's on Product Hunt as of Feb. 9th 2024. They are still working on correcting the bugs, so here are initial findings and thoughts. After installing the Firefox Extension, the Explore Tab basically has sorted my history. It's fine. Asking the Assistant about trends in my video watching history (because the tab also has that! There's a nice header and everything), didn't give me anything about what I watched. Searching a video creator I know I watched in the search bar

Book: What Is AI by Mike Loukides and Ben Lorica

  I can open any email in 2024 and have it mention AI. Today, I've opened one from NameCheap and every bit of copy is mentioning some other AI ('clever captions'...captions should be understandable first and foremost) . I'm not in the business of being against AI, more so against companies who use it as an excuse to cut staff and leave users with an inferior product. Less people being paid means less money you get as a company. Keep that in mind.  The book released in 2016, but the foundations haven't changed. Quotes from the book are italicized, and my comments follow.

PixieBrix: An Introduction 🧚🏾‍♀️🧱

   PixieBrix is basically a bit of software where you can essentially make the web usable for your specific use cases. For example, if you want to snag the name, title, and contact info on someone's LinkedIn profile and export it to a private document, you can "install" a button to press on each fitting page to click and add info. Of course, the button isn't installed on LinkedIn proper. It's a bit like something I believe was called Whiteboard; You  could put in any url and see what people had drawn on the page, but it only appeared locally. The big caveat so far is that it's Chrome only for the extension.  ComputerWorld has a great guide about it that you can find here ; I had heard about it from a live webinar about the program - I was curious to see what we would be using, and lo and behold. You do need to use the Dev Tools; If you aren't familiar with it, it's a built-in function of most browsers that let you see how the webpage is operating in re