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Can Artificial Intelligence Replace the Human Touch?

I attended the sixth annual Phoenix Mobility Conference in September at Arizona State University. This is the second year in a row that a university hosted the event; last year’s conference was at Grand Canyon University. Interestingly, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR)—not mobile technology—were the focuses for much of this year’s conference. At… Continue Reading Can Artificial Intelligence Replace the Human Touch?

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When a Coupon Isn’t a Reward

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on LinkedIn about making customer rewards like coupons worthwhile to customers. I relayed a story from a friend about a spelling-challenged bakery that had mangled the spelling of her son’s name on his birthday cake. In exchange for their trouble, she got a complimentary mini-quiche and access… Continue Reading When a Coupon Isn’t a Reward

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Make Your Website ADA Compliant

I was surprised to read that an important part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) still hasn’t been finalized. Final rules were supposed to be issued last year about making websites ADA compliant, but have been delayed to next year. However, this hardly means that businesses required to meet ADA requirements for physical access—schools,… Continue Reading Make Your Website ADA Compliant

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Substitute Lessons

I’ve been taking assignments as a substitute teacher in the Scottsdale school district the past couple of months. While it’s relatively easy to qualify—deliver college transcripts, pass a background check, pay processing fees—it’s not quite as easy to figure out how to actually substitute teach. Many thanks go to teachers who leave good lesson plans behind!… Continue Reading Substitute Lessons

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Laboring on Labor Day

Be honest. What did you do on Labor Day? Like many Americans, I worked that day. Of course, since I’m self-employed, I didn’t have to work but no work means no pay for freelancers. Labor Day used to celebrate the American worker and labor unions. But “union” become a bad word back in 1981 when President… Continue Reading Laboring on Labor Day