Lessons from The Jetsons: Artificial Intelligence Can Go (At Least) Two Ways

Artificial intelligence is a highly debated topic among experts. Disagreements exist about the definition of AI, when it will become smarter than humans, and whether AI will become uncontrollable. Several leading experts have offered warnings about artificial intelligence becoming too powerful and autonomous for humankind. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, leaving little room for thoughtful contemplation about the consequences of our inventions. In the Jetson’s world, two types of AI forms existed: a fully autonomous yet fully submissive robot named Rosie and a kind, yet fully independent machine named R.U.D.I. Is this indicative of our futures or could we create something a little more sinister?

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ESP IT Welcomes Tim Schinke as VP of Sales & Recruiting

Tim Schinke VP of Sales for ESP ITWe are pleased to announce that Tim Schinke joined ESP IT in June as VP of Sales & Recruiting. His responsibilities include providing effective and inspiring leadership, creating and developing new sales strategies for ESP’s future growth, and ensuring ESP’s clients always receive the highest level of care.

Prior to joining ESP IT, Tim gained 25 years of leadership experience, holding several Vice President of Sales positions within the technology and software industries. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring technology and sales professionals and shown expertise in ERP software at companies including PeopleSoft, SAP, and Salesforce.com.

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Tech Gifts To Help You Celebrate Mom

Whether you’re shopping for a mom, grandmother, spouse, friend, or anyone else whom you’d like to recognize on May 8th, the gift of a thoughtful tech gadget will help you show your love in a unique and trendy way. From user-friendly trinkets designed to assist those less-proficient with tech, to fashionable accessories that add flare to favorite devices, these 5 ideas are all you’ll need to start and end your 2016 Mother’s Day search.

Misfit Swarovski Bracelet For The Wearables-Lover: Misfit Swarovski Activity Tracker

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Best Technology Gifts For Any Valentine

True, chocolates and roses are timeless, but this year show some love for your significant other with a Valentine’s Day gift that caters to his or her unique interests. Whether your sweetheart is a fashionista, gamer, romantic, or anything in between, these tech-inspired gifts are just what Cupid ordered:

loveyoumorethanvideogamesFor The Gamer: “I Love You More Than Video Games” unBasket

Whether you’re the only gamer in the relationship, or you and your Valentine have plans to nerd out together on February 14th, the “I Love You More Than Video Games” unBasket is a sweet alternative to the traditional box of chocolate. Mints, jawbreakers, sours, Sweethearts, gums, and even an energy drink are creatively combined in gamer-themed tins and wrappings that will remind your loved one how much fun it is to be with you.

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – LinkedIn First Impressions

LinkedIn pen resumeLinkedIn has revolutionized the way recruiters and hiring managers are able to interact with IT consultants. The Clash may have been talking about a relationship dilemma in their hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” but with so many profiles on LinkedIn and limited time to look through them, IT recruiters can’t help but ask themselves that question in the first few seconds of viewing a LinkedIn profile. While this has ultimately been a positive change for all parties, the expectations that come along with an online presence can lead recruiters to feeling that an otherwise qualified IT pro will be “double trouble”. The ESP IT recruiting team is here to “let you know” what you can do with your photo and summary to make them “stay” on your page and consider you a viable candidate for your dream IT gig.

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Managing Your Reputation: Online

baseball fieldIt isn’t just baseball players or other celebrities who need to be concerned about social media and what might show up when they get googled. More and more, your online reputation matters when it comes to making a career move or transitioning to your next IT contract gig. Don’t strike out when managing your online reputation. The World Wide Web has a surprising amount to say about you.  Just as your office reputation is important, so is your online reputation whether you’re looking for a new IT gig or not. Don’t get yourself caught in a pickle. Play offensively to make sure you’re presenting your stats accurately by following these tips for managing your online presence.

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Why Being An IT Professional When You Grow Up Is Better Than Being A Secret Agent

ESP IT Sponsors Tech Experience Tours

Kids dream big. When you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, you’ll get answers ranging from astronauts to secret agents, pop stars to pilots, dancers to firefighters. All these careers have one thing in common: kids know about them. As kids grow into high schoolers and begin to think about college, these dreams may change, but they can still only choose to pursue careers they actually know about. This is one of the reasons we are partnering with MHTA to offer Tech Experience Tours: giving students a chance to see what a career in technology looks like in a tangible way.

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ESP IT’s 2015 Salary Survey

With over forty-five years of IT staffing expertise, ESP continues to monitor and analyze hiring trends, including compensation and benefits in this rapidly changing economy. Our annual salary survey presents data compiled from ESP’s recent placements, as well as national and local research. We monitor and analyze hiring trends, including compensation and benefits in order to best serve you. Should you have any questions or comments about our 2015 Salary Survey, please feel free to contact us.

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3 Skills Every IT Pro Should Have

job-interview- soft skillsYou may have the best technical skills of any IT pro in the market, but if you’re missing these three important soft skills, you could be in trouble on the job front.  While some soft skills are universally important, others take greater precedence depending on the industry in which you work. Whether you’re getting ready to interview or working to develop your skills, these three attributes are especially important for the tech professional.

Be Flexible

Ask any seasoned IT pro, and they’ll tell you that a flexible nature is a must-have in the tech world.  Flexibility means maintaining a positive attitude and reprioritizing as issues arise.  Software doesn’t always function properly, computers crash, and humans error at inconvenient times- like outside of business hours.  An ability to go with the flow is a great way to impress your employer and make you an invaluable part of IT.

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