68 episodes

Examining is a technology-focused podcast that dives deep. Our co-hosts, Erik Christiansen and Kris Hans examine the technology industry, productivity, and education, and provide practical tech tips.

(The podcast started as EdTech Examined in July 2020 with the goal of helping educators transition to online education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Examining Erik Christiansen & Kris Hans

    • Technology

Examining is a technology-focused podcast that dives deep. Our co-hosts, Erik Christiansen and Kris Hans examine the technology industry, productivity, and education, and provide practical tech tips.

(The podcast started as EdTech Examined in July 2020 with the goal of helping educators transition to online education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

    64: Mac Mini M1 & AI Retrospective

    64: Mac Mini M1 & AI Retrospective

    In this episode, Kris takes us through a comprehensive three-year journey with his M1 Mac Mini, sharing insights and experiences that highlight the device's impact and longevity. Our co-hosts also weigh in, exploring other Apple computers that merit consideration and diving deep into the current state of artificial intelligence. The discussion branches out to speculate on Apple's future moves in AI and what the integration of local large language models into our everyday devices and apps could mean for users.
    Links Mentioned in the Episode:

    Mac Mini - Apple: https://www.apple.com/ca/mac-mini/
    Introducing GPTs - OpenAI: https://openai.com/blog/introducing-gpts
    Create or Edit a Copilot GPT with Microsoft Copilot GPT Builder - Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/create-or-edit-a-copilot-gpt-with-microsoft-copilot-gpt-builder-cbff42b9-25a9-41b7-95ec-93462d04904b
    Sal Soghoian - Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Soghoian?oldformat=true
    Mac OS X Automation: https://macosxautomation.com/
    Sal Soghoian - Automation Advocate - The Omni Show: https://theomnishow.omnigroup.com/episode/sal-soghoian-automation-advocate
    Sal Soghoian Leaves Apple - MacSparky: https://www.macsparky.com/blog/2016/11/sal-soghoian-leaves-apple/

    As we look to the future, it's clear that technology and artificial intelligence will continue to evolve in intriguing and potentially unexpected ways. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we'll continue to dissect the tech trends shaping our world.
    Erik Christiansen, Co-Founder & Co-Host 
    Website: erikchristiansen.net
    Kris Hans, Co-Founder & Co-Host Website: krishans.ca
    Website: krishans.ca
    Show notes created with help from ChatGPT 4.
    The transcript is AI-generated. Please excuse any errors.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    63: AI Soap Opera & Velcro Hacks

    63: AI Soap Opera & Velcro Hacks

    In this episode, Erik and Kris tackle the unfolding drama at OpenAI and its implications. Kris discusses his recent AI panel discussion at MRU, while Erik offers an overview of his latest home organization project. Both hosts will share their holiday gift guide tips, perfect for the tech-savvy and the organized.
    SHOW NOTES
    AI Soap Opera

    OpenAI Announces Leadership Transition (OpenAI Blog): OpenAI announces significant changes in its leadership structure.
    Sam Altman Returns as CEO of OpenAI (The Verge): Sam Altman reclaims the CEO position at OpenAI, marking a new chapter for the company.

    AI Panel Discussion Highlights:

    Context of AI in Research: Discussing the evolving role of AI in academic and professional research settings.
    Panelist Introductions: Each panelist shares their background and how AI intersects with their research.
    Diverse Perspectives on AI: Highlighting unique insights from each panelist, providing a broad view of AI's role in different research areas.
    Practical Applications of AI: Exploring how panelists currently use AI in their work, including specific tools and methodologies.
    Successes and Challenges: Discussing what has worked well in AI-driven research and addressing the limitations and issues faced.
    The Future of AI in Research: Debating whether AI is a permanent fixture in research and the value of investing in AI knowledge and tools.
    AI as Collaborator or Competitor: Examining views on whether AI is augmenting human research capabilities or posing a threat to traditional research roles.
    Human Skills vs. AI Capabilities: Delving into which human skills might remain irreplaceable by AI and what research aspects can be effectively outsourced to AI technologies.
    Impact on Research Quality: Analyzing how AI tools influence the quality and rigor of research and their implications for academic integrity.
    Ethical Considerations in AI Research: Addressing the pressing ethical concerns in integrating AI into research and discussing potential norms for ethical AI use.
    AI, Accessibility, and Inclusivity: Exploring the implications of AI on inclusivity in research, especially between well-funded and under-funded programs, and discussing measures for fair representation.




    Organizational Guide:

    Cable Management: Emphasize the importance of Velcro ties for efficient cable organization.
    Labeling Essentials: Discuss the use of label tape and whiteout pens for clear labeling, even without a label maker.
    Consistent Systems: Stress the importance of grouping related items and maintaining a consistent organizational system.
    Space Utilization: Highlight the use of 3M Command hooks for maximizing space, especially inside cupboards.
    Document Organization: Recommend accordion folders for essential document storage, such as receipts and manuals.
    Life Consolidation: Encourage listeners to a

    • 1 hr 34 min
    62: Megahertz & Mandating AI Morals

    62: Megahertz & Mandating AI Morals

    This week Erik and Kris discuss Apple's Halloween-themed 'Scary Fast' event and its slew of new tech, the implications of Biden's AI executive order, and OpenAI's influence on startup innovation.
    Show Notes
    The Verge, "Apple's Spooky 'Scary Fast' Event Introduces M3 Chip Family,"

    Provides an overview of Apple's October 30th, 2023 event with a Halloween theme and evening timing. Highlights include the M3 chip family introduction and updates to the iMac and MacBook Pro models, new color options, Touch Bar removal, and accessory port choices.

    MacRumors, "Everything Announced at Apple's October 2023 Event,"

    Covers specifics of the M3 series chips, the new Space Black MacBook Pro, product configurations, battery life, pricing, performance enhancements, the discontinuation of older models, and product availability.

    Macworld, "Apple's Evening 'Scary Fast' Mac Event Highlights,"

    Dives into Apple's first evening event, detailing GPU improvements, the M3 chip family introduction, new Space Black color options, and Apple's marketing and event filming techniques.

    Macworld, "Apple Event Critique: M3 Chips and Marketing Shifts,"

    Focuses on the release of the M3 chips, the pricing strategy for the new MacBook Pro, and the event's experimental presentation style, including filming with an iPhone 15 Pro Max.

    Six Colors, "A Magic Number: New MacBook Pros and iMacs Usher in the M3 Era," 

    Likely analyzes the impact of the M3 chip on the new MacBook Pros and iMacs, discussing the broader implications for Apple's product lineup and the tech industry.

    Vox, "Biden's Latest AI Executive Order,"

    Discusses the new executive order by President Biden aimed at regulating AI technology and its ethical use, detailing the government's approach to fostering innovation while ensuring privacy, security, and equity.

    Futurism, "OpenAI's Stance on Startups and Tech Utilization,"

    Explores OpenAI's position on how startups can leverage its technology, highlighting the potential impacts on innovation and the startup ecosystem, with insights into the balance between collaboration and competition.

    Erik Christiansen, Co-Founder & Co-Host 
    Website: erikchristiansen.net
    Kris Hans, Co-Founder & Co-Host Website: krishans.ca
    Website: krishans.ca
    Show notes created with help from ChatGPT 4.
    The transcript is AI-generated. Please excuse any errors.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    61: Big 4 Hardware Round Up

    61: Big 4 Hardware Round Up

    This week Erik and Kris discuss hardware and software events by Apple, Microsoft, and Google, and throw in some Meta news for fun. Both co-hosts have been working flat out the last two weeks, so this episode is a little later than normal. Thank you for your patience!
    Apple iPhone Event


    Article Title: Apple iPhone 15 event announcements (Source: The Verge)
    Summary: Apple's annual iPhone event showcased the iPhone 15 with its new chipset and improved camera functionalities. The event also marked the introduction of the Apple Watch Ultra, updated AirPods Pro, and USB-C compatibility for certain products.


    Microsoft & AI Event

    Article Title: Microsoft Surface Copilot event 2023: biggest announcements (Source: The Verge)

    Summary: Microsoft's latest event featured the Surface Copilot, emphasizing a future rich in AI integration across hardware. Other announcements included new products aimed at enhancing productivity and enriching user experience.

    Article Title: Panos Panay, leader of the Surface and Windows teams, is leaving Microsoft (Source: Ars Technica)

    Summary: Panos Panay, an instrumental figure behind Microsoft's Surface and Windows divisions, is departing from the company. His exit raises questions about potential shifts in Microsoft's hardware and software strategies.

    Article Title: Satya Nadella testifies in U.S. v Google and admits to AI search failure (Source: Thurrott)

    Summary: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's recent testimony in the U.S. v Google antitrust case involved admitting to the company's shortcomings in AI search capabilities. The testimony could have ripple effects on ongoing and future antitrust investigations.
    https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/why-microsofts-ceo-satya-nadella-says-its-co-pilot-ai-assistant-will-be-as-significant-as-pc.html  


    Google Pixel Event


    Article Title: The Morning After: Pixel 8 Pro, Bard AI, and everything else from Google's Pixel event (Source: Engadget)
    Summary: Google's most recent Pixel event revealed the Pixel 8 Pro, which comes with enhanced camera capabilities and improved processing power. Additionally, Bard AI was introduced as an innovative accessibility feature aiming to assist users with disabilities.


    Facebook Rayban Stories


    Article Title: Facebook Isn’t Giving Up on Ray-Ban Stories, Even if It Should
    Summary: Facebook is persistently pushing its Ray-Ban Stories project, a foray into the smart eyewear market, despite lackluster reviews. The company remains optimistic about the long-term prospects of the product, in spite of critical skepticism.


    CONTACT
    Website:examining.ca
    Twitter: @ExaminingPod
    Erik Christiansen, Co-Founder &

    • 1 hr 23 min
    60: AI Hype

    60: AI Hype

    Examining is a technology-focused podcast that dives deep. Our co-hosts, Erik Christiansen and Kris Hans examine the technology industry, branding, productivity, and education, and provide practical tech tips. As we make this transition to "Examining" we will be updating our various account links, so please bear with us.
    SHOW NOTES
    YouTube: This video is titled “YouTube” and is available on the YouTube platform
    Harvard Business Review: How to Prepare for a GenAI Future You Can’t Predict
    ZDNet: 75% of businesses are implementing or considering bans on ChatGPT
    Slate: Amazon Web Services isn’t trying to win the A.I. race. It wants to own the road
    CONTACT
    Website:examining.ca
    Twitter: @ExaminingPod
    Erik Christiansen, Co-Founder & Co-Host 
    Website: erikchristiansen.net
    Kris Hans, Co-Founder & Co-Host Website: krishans.ca
    Website: krishans.ca
    (Show notes created with help from Bing Chat AI)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    59: AI Detectors. Friend or Foe?

    59: AI Detectors. Friend or Foe?

    In this episode, Kris and Erik discuss up on AI detector tools, Microsoft 365 Copilot pricing, US Ed Department AI guidance, and more.
    SHOW NOTES
    OpenAI Quietly Shutters Its AI Detection Tool https://decrypt.co/149826/openai-quietly-shutters-its-ai-detection-tool?amp=1
    AI text detection tools are really easy to fool https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/07/07/1075982/ai-text-detection-tools-are-really-easy-to-fool/
    Microsoft 365 Copilot AI tool will cost $30 per month https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/microsoft-365-copilot-ai-tool-will-cost-30-per-month/
    Sunday afternoon is the best time to email coworkers, according to research https://www.fastcompany.com/90930402/sunday-afternoon-best-time-email-coworkers-research
    U.S. Department of Education Shares Insights and Recommendations on Artificial Intelligence https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-shares-insights-and-recommendations-artificial-intelligence
    Windows 11 Field Guide https://leanpub.com/windows11fieldguide
    How to Export Your Bing AI Chat History https://www.makeuseof.com/export-bing-ai-chat-history/
    CONTACT
    Website: edtechexamined.com  
    Email: hey@edtechexamined.com 
    Twitter: @EdTechExamined
    Erik Christiansen, Co-Founder & Co-Host 
    Website: erikchristiansen.net
    Kris Hans, Co-Founder & Co-Host Website: krishans.ca
    Website: krishans.ca
    (Show notes created with help from Bing Chat AI)

    • 26 min

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