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A survey of 20,000 creatives suggests brainstorming is a giant waste of time

January 19th, 2020 at 9:01 pm » Comments Off

Perhaps more than any other category of professionals, creative types are expected to thrive in brainstorms. In the public’s imagination, their offices are filled with fidget toys and Post-it notes in an array of colors, all meant to absorb some of the energy of a group of fast-thinking, well-dressed hipsters deep in ideation mode. But […]

The coming surge of separatism

January 8th, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Why splittists will be on a roll around the world FROM CATALONIA to Kashmir, and from Hong Kong to Scotland, separatist movements will make headlines in 2020. At best, this will lead to political turbulence and tension. At worst, it could lead to violence. Across the world, two types of identity-driven movements are increasingly clashing—and […]

88% of Americans use a second screen while watching TV. Why?

December 31st, 2019 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

Second screens and the sickness unto death.  When it comes to tech, I like to think I’m a pretty hoopy frood. I added the System Tuner UI to my Android phone’s settings. I’ve crimped my own ethernet cables. I got Wing Commander III running, back when that required the dark arts of HIMEM.SYS tweaking. What […]

Science explains why we should all work shorter hours in winter

December 29th, 2019 at 12:16 am » Comments Off

People tend to feel gloomier when the nights draw in and cold weather descends. But altering our working hours to fit the seasons could help lift our mood For many of us, winter, with its chillier days and lingering nights, ushers in with it a general sense of malaise. It’s increasingly difficult to peel ourselves […]

Here’s how long you should take off to feel productive at work again, according to study

December 25th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

According to the website Sleep Judge, the U.S. is one of only a few countries that doesn’t mandate a set number of vacation days. People are overworked and burnt out, and we seem content to treat this as a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the issue that Americans are […]

Scientists pinpoint the age you’re most likely to find meaning in life

December 18th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

What is the meaning of life? But if you’re still searching, take solace in the fact that scientists may have finally found the age when purpose becomes clear. Knowing the answer could be a boon to your physical and mental health — humans tend to thrive with a sense of purpose, their results suggest. Interviews […]

Work is a fundamental part of being human. Robots won’t stop us doing it

December 17th, 2019 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

Hardly a week goes by without a report announcing the end of work as we know it. In 2013, Oxford University academics Carl Frey and Michael Osborne were the first to capture this anxiety in a paper titled: “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. They concluded 47% of US jobs were […]

We would rather lose our jobs to robots than humans, a study shows

December 5th, 2019 at 2:21 am » Comments Off

Losing your job to a human stings more than getting replaced by a robot, research found.  The question has a surprising psychological factor for workers now and in the future. Losing a job can be stressful and demoralizing. Seeing your role replaced by automation is an additional stressor that more workers will have to contend […]

Who wants to tie the knot with a bot? The answer may surprise you!

December 4th, 2019 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

Fancy a robot as a spouse? Artificial intelligence, that marvel of software, is expected to revolutionize affairs of the human heart. But would algorithmic love still be love? Marriages are made in heaven, we were once told. But heaven might be displaced by technology within a few decades. Credit for this disruption would go to […]

Why employees trust robots more than their managers

December 4th, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

​Managers can’t compete with artificial intelligence (AI) when it comes to some areas of decision-making and trust building, according to a broad new global study of workers. But rather than be viewed as an indictment of managers, the study findings can help organizations create a more human workplace, some experts say. The study by Oracle […]

Sex robots take over Swiss brothel

November 17th, 2019 at 3:47 pm » Comments Off

A brothel in Switzerland is giving the boot to its’ female staff in favor of sex robots as more and more clients become financially strapped. The brothel in Lucerne has replaced most of the employees with sex robots and the switch has been quite a hit. The ‘Arsenal-51′ brothel now has twelve sex robots to […]

Dunbar’s number: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships

November 5th, 2019 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

The theory of Dunbar’s number holds that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at once. But is the rule true in today’s world of social media? If you’ve ever been romantically rejected by someone who just wanted to be friends, you may have delivered a version of this line: “I’ve got enough friends […]