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Episode 144: Making Our Technology Worlds Go Round, Brainwave EduTech, and a Cold Tasty Beer



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as the welcome their guests:

Pro AV’ers Andrew Davis, Renee Benson and Gina Schneider

The usual banter takes place, and to begin Spence is introduced as a new Crew member. His reward for this is something that all Crew members and guests want – but hurry, it’s only going to be around for a very short time. All talk about how —- hot it is (or may not be) in their living place. Maura makes everyone jealous of course (the beach, y’know), and our Canadian guest talks about what’s going on outside his window.

First, a tech question: What to you makes the technology world go round now?

Guests and Crew talk about what technology (AV or not) is currently making their world better.

Cybersecurity and AV: We discuss Andrew’s article ‘Imminent Disaster — The Looming AV Threat‘

We do get serious here for a bit, as this has been high level discussion in AV for some time now. Andrew talks about why he wrote this article, and some of his perspectives concerning the AV industry and network/cyber security.

From Andrew’s article:

Worst case scenario, front page news tomorrow is an enterprise data attack worth millions that is traced back to AV equipment. All the AV equipment you installed will be ripped out, and the prophecy from my last article about the end of AV hardware will happen in the span of a week.

Some excellent perspectives here from Andrew and others.

(This discussion to be continued on another podcast – stay tuned).

And on another note entirely, this article:

The Welcome to the new utopian brand of education. Or is it dystopian? dept.

Quartz In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?

Tim is worried – very worried. Find out why.

If Elon Musk and other brainwave technology entrepreneurs have their way, brick and mortar colleges will no longer be relevant in the coming few decades. We will be able to download education from computers directly into our brains.

Sounds great, parents of young ones rejoice! However, how do we know what exactly will be uploaded into their brains – will we be producing more scientists and engineers for the greater forward advancement of humanity… or mad bombers and doomsdayers?

Then, as we know what happens at the end –

The Firing Range!

The When your beer tastes like a kid’s drink, does it become an extraordinary experience, or a violation on many levels? dept.

Vinepair Pabst Debuts Hard Coffee And Everyone Says it Tastes Like Yoo-hoo

This time Maura and Tim are the team leaders (Corey takes a break with Kym being off), and each choose pretty good teams to take on this subject.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, the 174 year old beer known and loved by so many, is now side by side with a coffee/YooHoo-like hard drink made by Pabst Brewing. So what’s the problem? Yes, we hear your argument PBR (or maybe all beer) die-hards, and while some of us may agree, others of us are really happy with this.

Or we’re pretending to be. This is a debate segment.

Who wins? Kym’s not here (she ended it big-time for the win last time), but we had yet another big-timer on this one – listen in to find out just how exciting (and happy) an end it was.

That’s it – sit back, plug in, and get ready to listen to a good one while cracking open a cold hard YooHoo as we live…

The AV Life.

Happy 4th of July!


Episode 125: Welcome to the Mind Shift IV – IoT, Transformation and Cybersecurity



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as they welcome their guests:

Mitchell Klein – Executive Director at Z-Wave Alliance
Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Mike Shinn – AV Industry Consultant

In this next Welcome to the Mind Shift episode of The AV Life, all discuss the topics – continuously mounting conversation in this ever-growing connected world. You’ll hear IoT, transformation and security discussion from Mitch, who is an Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Home technology and practice expert, Joe and Tim who work in higher education, Spence who is a digital signage professional and also worked for West Virginia University, and Mike who brings the commercial business perspective. There is data conversation to go with this as well.

In this podcast, the following recent articles and blogs are discussed (passages referenced here):

IoT For All How IoT Drives Enterprise Transformation

– The total number of IoT devices in use around the world has reached 7 billion. This number is forecast to reach around 18 billion by 2022, as most IT decision makers plan to increase their IoT spending, with an average spending increase totaling nearly 18 percent, according to a 451 Research survey report.

ZDNet Why IoT devices pose a bigger cybersecurity risk than most realize

– Unsecured IoT devices provide an easy gateway for criminals looking to get inside a network.

Joe discusses a cybersecurity law signed in California:
Starting on January 1st, 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features, designed to prevent unauthorized access, modification, or information disclosure. If it can be accessed outside a local area network with a password, it needs to either come with a unique password for each device, or force users to set their own password the first time they connect. That means no more generic default credentials for a hacker to guess.

Targeted privacy discussion here too.

Next, Corey talks about tweets about IoT, transfomation, privacy and cybersecurity from a chat #MWC19 #MegaChat that occurred on Tuesday, and all discuss these as well.

Avast blog What risks do IoT security issues pose to businesses? (referring to sabotage and botnets)

– A hacked IoT device will allow the attacker to access its functions. While a coffee-maker might not allow an attacker to do anything more dangerous than brewing a latte, a hacked heating system or machinery can create far more disruption to a business.
– Cybercriminals can bring together huge numbers of infected devices into networks called botnets. These botnets can be used for a variety of things, but they are best known for their use in DDoS attacks.

Finally, as usual it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

VentureBeat Arm unveils security certification testing for IoT devices

– Arm has teamed up with independent test laboratories to certify security for internet of things (IoT) devices, which have proven vulnerable to botnet attacks.

All get together in The Firing Range to give thoughts, opinions and more to this story — a very good first step? Much further to go? Listen in.

Sit back, plug in and welcome again to the mind shift as we live…

The AV Life.