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Learn How to Keep Up with Technology

Published 03/08/2018

Technology is one of, if not the, most rapidly evolving and changing industries.

Sure, as a technology company, we at Gunner Technology have to keep up with the rapid pace.

And there’s a group of folk known as technophiles who make a hobby out of playing with the “latest and greatest.”

But technology increasingly is becoming a crucial part of every industry and every company inside every company.

In fact, if your company isn’t keeping up with technology, there’s a good chance it’s falling dangerously behind the competition.

But with AI, BI, ML, VR, IoT among a list that grows daily, how the heck can someone keep up with technology? Especially when it’s not your direct job function.

The first thing you’ll need to do is admit to yourself that you need to keep up with technology.

The thought frightens people because people normally don’t like change and don’t like to feel ignorant, either.

But if you’re company is going to stay competitive, it has to stay up with technology.

So just accept that fact and try to look at it as a possibility to surpass your competition rather than a daunting chore.

The other thing to realize is that technology innovation can come from anywhere within a company, so no matter what your job function, you should keep up with technology.

Heck, doing so may mean a raise or a promotion.

OK, so acceptance and attitude are two big steps toward keeping up with technology, but where do you go to find the information?

Well, the good news is that there are tons of sources for technology information.

And the bad news is that there are tons of sources for technology information.

Good in that you don’t have to hunt it down. It’ll find you.

Bad in that if you don’t know how to filter it, you’ll quickly become overwhelmed.

The first step is limiting your sources for tech news.

On the “mainstream” side, Bloomberg, New York Times, Financial Times and BBC all have really solid tech sections.

Those sources are usually late movers on tech news, but if they’re covering it, there’s a good chance you need to know what it is.

So just dive into any or all of those.

Some stuff you’ll understand. Some you won’t.

That’s fine. You’re learning what you don’t know.

Once you have a good understanding of what you don’t know, the next step is learning about that stuff.

Luckily, the internet makes this very easy.

Let’s say, for example, you read a story in the New York Times about the blockchain, and you have no idea what the blockchain is.

Just pop open Google and search for “explain it like i’m five blockchain” (without the quotes.

Start from the top and keep reading the results in order until you understand it.

The whole process will take you less than 40 minutes no matter how dense you think the subject is.

This will give you a good survey of the most important technology of the day. You’ll understand what’s possible and what isn’t with some of the trendy tech out there.

From there, you need to start thinking of how these things would benefit you or your company.

How would we use Artificial Intelligence at my company?

Those are the types of questions you need to ask.

Once you have a solid understanding of what tech is worth staying on top of and what isn’t, you can start focusing on more tech-oriented sources of information.

At this point, you’ll probably have a good idea on how to evaluate these sources yourself, but here are some of the ones we use and recommend:

  1. Techradar.com
  2. Digitaltrends.com
  3. The Verge
  4. Mashable
  5. Cnet
  6. Gizmodo
  7. Wired
  8. The Next Web
  9. Techcrunch
  10. Engadget

There are also some really good podcasts to listen to while you’re one the go which will often go into deep discussions about technology.

Some of these include:

  1. HBR Ideacast
  2. This Week In Tech
  3. TechStuff
  4. The Vergecast
  5. WSJ Tech News Briefing
  6. Daily Tech News Show
  7. Let’s Talk About Tech
  8. Too Embarrassed to Ask
  9. Future Tense
  10. The Internet of Things Podcast

Again, don’t try to stay up with all of these because you’ll overwhelm yourself.

Instead, after you have completed your “survey” of technology, test out these sources and pick a couple that are best for you.

Now you’ll need to keep up with the sources you pick.

This isn’t as hard as it sounds.

You can probably go through your reading list scanning them during your morning coffee and your lunch break.

And most of the podcasts are either very short or only come out once a week.

The important part is to not freak out if you feel like you’re falling behind.

As long as you’re keeping up with the mainstream sources, you’re not going to miss out on anything super important.

Armed with information and curiosity, you can start asking questions.

That’s where we come in.

So you read how Amazon uses machine learning to project resource allocation for specific days and times and want to know if that’s possible for your company?

Shoot us an email and we’ll go over it.

You’ll be surprised at what is possible even with modest budgets.

We’ll never charge for talking – we love it.

So stay up with technology and when you have the next big idea for your company or businesses, we’d love to help you build it.