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Engineers Are Different. So is How They Buy: IEEE GlobalSpec and TREW Marketing

The Lavidge survey covered managers in many departments. Engineers are a different breed altogether. True to stereotype, this survey from IEEE GlobalSpec and TREW marketing finds engineers’ favorite information sources are just-the-facts case studies, ebooks, and white papers. Speaking of stereotypes, do engineers lack social skills? I’d never say that, but the survey found 64% of engineers get information from Web research while 13% ask their colleagues. In the Lavidge study, 52% cited colleagues and 34% preferred Web sites. Just the facts.

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29% of Consumers Find Personalized Offers ‘Creepy’: Oracle Research

November 29, 2017

Is there anyone left who’d rather keep their personal data private? Yes, but a minority according to an Oracle survey of 15,000 consumers. They found 29% felt offers based on social media data are “creepy”, while 50% would be attracted to personalized offers based on loyalty data, purchase data, and real-time browsing behavior. Other things they found creepy: delivery drones (26%), automatic grocery replenishment (33%), and robot assistance in a dressing room (39%).

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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