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Blake Dowling: A sense of balance in customer service goes far

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Last week, I chatted with legal ace and FloridaPolitics.com contributor Florence Snyder. We discussed what happens when technology and innovation in business stop assisting the process and becomes a nuisance (or worse).

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Blake Dowling: Who knows what innovation will bring next?

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Have you checked out the latest version of the digital personal assistant, Alexa, that is specially designed for Senior Citizens? It’s called Alexa Silver. It’s super loud and you can only order it by check. It also has an “uh huh” function that it says when you are telling rambling stories. Fake news alert, it’s actually from an SNL skit. Awesome to see Lorne Michaels and his team still cranking out gold after all these years, watch it here. (Shoutout…

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Lucas Lindsey: Private, public partnership necessary to make ‘smart cities’ possible

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Florida must invest in smart cities that support entrepreneurs. We are the third largest state in the United States, yet rank 34th in innovation according to a 2016 Bloomberg study. Simply put, that is not what leadership looks like. It is not enough to just prepare for the next wave of technology. We need to be the ones building it, funding it and distributing it. Our state has the capacity, but now we must decide if we have the vision,…

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Blake Dowling: Tech, food and disruption: Hotels on the front lines of innovation

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Like Ryan Lochte at a Rio gas station – 2017 is on. We are 100 percent set for takeoff. Engines are roaring and what should we expect from technology in this grand year? There are three things you can always count on, breaches, innovation and disruption. Let’s dive into innovation, shall we? (More swimming puns, ha!) The hotel industry is usually on the front lines of innovation. The W in DC encourages you to use your smartphone as your room…

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Why are so many people trying to stand in the way of innovation?

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If all forms of innovation were stifled, this website wouldn’t exist (and yes, there are probably some folks who are thinking “if only …”). The latest target for these head-in-the-sand Luddites is ride-sharing, in the form of companies like Uber and Lyft. Ride-sharing is not just inevitable — it’s real, and it’s here to stay. Yet, like the buggy whip manufacturers who tried to convince themselves that automobiles were just a passing fancy, the taxicab industry is doing everything it can to deny the…

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Dale Brill: The potential of Florida’s innovation system

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Florida’s future depends on innovation. Innovation is needed to address threats, including rising sea levels, the effect of nitrogen cycles, ocean acidification and more. If solutions to these challenges are to find their genesis in Florida, a commitment to innovation is necessary to fully transition state and local economies that compete for investment capital, skilled workforce and overlapping targeted industries. Innovation suffers from many myths, including the one depicting the lone scientist able to radically change the world with a…

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Smart Cities seminar coming to Tampa

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Verizon is sponsoring a Smart Cities seminar in Tampa this Friday. The “Internet of Things” smart seminar will be at the Tampa Marriott Westshore Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The seminar aims to demonstrate how increased technology can make a positive impact on the future of the Tampa Bay area by increasing economic growth through sustainability, enhancing safety and security and improving operational efficiencies. The seminar is geared toward those working for federal, state and local public agencies, public…

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