Fake accounts on LinkedIn…and other small business tech news this week

Here are five tech events that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1— Fake LinkedIn profiles use AI face generation to create a trustworthy look.

A veteran researcher noticed something was wrong in a private message on her LinkedIn profile. It has been discovered that over 1,000 LinkedIn profiles have been created using artificial intelligence. NPR found that AI profiles were used to trick customers into buying a product, but would end up connecting them to a real seller. Fake profiles use the most average features to create a trustworthy face. However, many faces have irregularities like a missing earring or uneven hair. LinkedIn has removed many fake profiles according to its latest transparency report. (Source: NPR)

Why it matters to your business:

I’m inundated with connection requests on LinkedIn from many profiles that look suspicious and it looks like this problem is only going to get worse. Deepfake technology can impersonate voices, videos and of course photos and AI can create fake profiles to engage and possibly extract confidential data. I need to take a closer look – and so do you.

2—A new policy from Microsoft helps administrators combat misuse of the platform by employees.

A new Microsoft policy combats the misuse of company time when it comes to employees working from home. The Office Cloud Policy Service allows companies to require multi-factor authentication when employees sign in to Microsoft Teams. An administrator can also establish a policy that can limit staff access to collaboration-based features in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Microsoft also hopes to continue adding more updates to the Microsoft 365 domain this year. (Source: technical radar)

Why it matters to your business:

One of my favorite technology topics when speaking to a business group is the fact that so many of us don’t realize all the features we already have in collaboration platforms like Microsoft 365 and G-Suite. The new tools above are only a small part of them.

3—3D printing technology is contributing to the shortage in the housing and labor markets.

Diamond Age is an automation startup set to help tackle labor shortages and attract home building by creating 3D printing technology to help complete construction and maintenance work. other works. CEO Jack Olsen started this company to help with labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to save time and money on laborious jobs such as overhead cabinets. The company is also targeting the recent housing shortage that has become a problem in the mortgage industry. by creating houses at a faster and cheaper rate. (Source: PYMNTS)

Why it matters to your business:

Having trouble finding workers? In the construction industry? These are the types of technologies that are coming to market to help you work with less staff.

4— The ANYmal X robot goes global in inspections for hazardous environments.

ANYbotics, a Swiss robot company, presents ANYmal X which improves inspection solutions for the oil, gas and chemical industries. ANYmal X can inspect products that may be dangerous for individuals to test them themselves and perform crucial inspections with fewer errors. Many other companies around the world have adopted ANYmal X which is now present in more than 30 countries. The ANYmal X can perform a multitude of different inspections such as visual inspections, liquid level and position of levers, gas detections and 3D scanning of infrastructure. ANYbotics intends to release approximately 300 units over the next few years. (Source: Robotics and Automation News)

Why it matters to your business:

Are you picking up the theme this week? This is how robots and technology are replacing people. I mentioned construction and agriculture. Now it’s the oil industry. I bet there are similar technologies in your industry as well.

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