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Stephen Hawking’s Impact and Predictions on AI

“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.” — Stephen Hawking Just last month we lost Stephen Hawking, arguably one of the most influential thinkers on AI in modern history. Even though he is no longer […]

Realizing the American Dream as Asian American Olympic Figure Skaters

Hometown pride is one thing, but pride in one’s heritage is a whole other level. From Kristi Yamaguchi to Karen Chen, being able to say I’m from Fremont, California in addition to being a fellow figure skater swells me up in pride, but to tell you the truth, I’m much more proud of the fact […]

Beyond Lip Service: Developing Meaningful Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in the Workplace

In September 2016, Fortune published a compelling article profiling companies that are doing diversity right. At the time of the article, Texas Health Resources was touting a workforce that was 77% women and 41% minorities. According to Fortune, Texas Health Resources offers ESL classes, gives benefits to same-sex partners, and hosts a whopping 32 events […]

Business Travel Personalization and Face Recognition: At What Cost?

“I think all you need is a face. This seems to be their big qualification.” — Jerry Seinfeld Imagine walking through the airport hands-free, never having to show ID to anyone. We’ve seen phones replace paper tickets, but the next step will be to eliminate the stop-and-check rigamarole that even the most safety conscious of […]

Self Driving Cars will change what it means to do business

If you are reading this as a representative of your company’s finance or HR team, you should realize the potential benefits of self-driving cars. Cut commuting costs, erase the annoying parts of air travel, expand retail stores’ revenues, and revolutionize deliveries. But how exactly does the innovation of self-driving cars factor into your growing business? […]

Why the False Missile Alarms Should be Alarming for Business Travelers

For growing business travel programs, safety reigns supreme as a concern, even more than the success of the company. As a frequent traveler for business and leisure, there is always stress about venturing into the unknown and entering situations where you are vulnerable. Many business travelers take precautionary steps like printing copies of their passport, […]

Cut Out the Middleman with Hotel Booking on the Blockchain

“Chain keep us together.” –Fleetwood Mac, 1977 We recently discussed how Fintech companies are using blockchain technology to remove financial institutions from the equation by simplifying money exchanges to a peer to peer level. Similarly, a new potential disruptor to the hotel industry recently launched that removes commissions received by middlemen and other excess charges […]

Why Net Neutrality Matters – Especially for Small Business Travelers

Imagine trying to book your next travel itinerary, only to find out that your ISP has limited your once numerous booking site options behind a paywall. In other words, they would be forcing you to pay a price much higher than you already pay for the same (or even less) content. Well, such a reality […]

Small Business Travel: ‘Tis the Season to Share

“Everywhere I travel, tiny life. Single-serving sugar, single-serving cream, single pat of butter. The microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit. Shampoo-conditioner combos, sample-packaged mouthwash, tiny bars of soap. The people I meet on each flight? They’re single-serving friends.” –Fight Club, 1999 In the 1999 film Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk’s character Jack is a frequent business traveler. […]

3 Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Travel Ban for Business Travelers

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on December 1, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. While Trump’s executive order signed in the beginning of this year specifically targeted Middle Eastern countries (and since come to include other supposedly questionable countries), many corporate travelers are getting caught up in the political crossfire, […]
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