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The surprising upsides of worrying

September 3rd, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

  Anxiety can be exhausting, but there is often a reason for it – and there are some surprising benefits to certain kinds of worrying. “I’m a near-professional worrier,” admits Kate Sweeny ruefully. She’s struggled for much of her life with anxiety over things she can’t entirely control – including, these days, whether her parents […]

The Event Industry is being confronted by its Napster moment

September 1st, 2020 at 10:03 am » Comments Off

All types of business events are in danger of their revenue streams of tickets, sponsorships, memberships, and other types of fees being eroded. This is happening as the world gets used to digital formats and alternatives emerge to physical networking, matchmaking, and other tasks we get out of these events. The threat sounds familiar?   […]

Getting old needs a new look

August 26th, 2020 at 2:49 am » Comments Off

The pandemic has exacerbated issues like social isolation in U.S. nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. But problems with the living situations of older Americans long predate the coronavirus. Covid-19 has exposed the lethal vulnerabilities of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Can better design make aging safer? In at least one way, the United States’s tragic […]

Why Tokyo’s new transparent public restrooms are a stroke of genius

August 22nd, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Tokyo transparent bathroom At first, it’s hard to fathom how a public restroom with transparent walls could possibly help ease toilet anxiety — but a counterintuitive design by one of Japan’s most innovative architects aims to do just that. Around the world, public toilets get a foul rap. Even in Japan, where restrooms have a […]

The 6 unholy AI systems thou shalt not develop

August 9th, 2020 at 5:03 am » Comments Off

TLDR; don’t pretend a Magic 8 Ball is a useful tool for grownups and don’t build hate machines Artificial intelligence may be the most powerful tool humans have. When applied properly to a problem suited for it, AI allows humans to do amazing things. We can diagnose cancer at a glance or give a voice […]

This is now the world’s greatest threat – and it’s not coronavirus

August 3rd, 2020 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

  An environmental worker stands near an excavator amid waste at Tianziling landfill in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China August 7, 2019. Affluence is the biggest threat to our world, according to a new scientific report. True sustainability will only be achieved through drastic lifestyle changes, it argues. The World Economic Forum has called for a […]

Why you need to plan for failure as much as you do success

August 1st, 2020 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

Many champion a company’s ability to overcome failure. But how often do you recognize the need to build failure into your business plan? There’s rarely a straight path from Point A to Point B, as any business owner will tell you. Creating a strong, marketable app might take three iterations and a major pivot between […]

This is what chief economists think about the global economy right now

July 29th, 2020 at 12:02 pm » Comments Off

Successfully rebuilding the economy will be about far more than growth. The World Economic Forum’s latest Chief Economists Outlook asks 40 chief economists for their views on the post-pandemic recovery. It identifies three key emerging challenges facing governments and business leaders. The crisis has made inequality worse – but it also provides unique opportunities to […]

Study: Only 18% of data science students are learning about AI ethics

July 14th, 2020 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

The neglect of AI ethics extends from universities to industry  A study by data science firm Anaconda found an absence of AI ethics initiatives in both academia and industry. Amid a growing backlash over AI‘s racial and gender biases, numerous tech giants are launching their own ethics initiatives — of dubious intent. The schemes are […]

Coronavirus: our study suggests more people have had it than previously estimated

July 13th, 2020 at 4:53 pm » Comments Off

Many people suspect they’ve been infected with COVID-19 by now, despite the fact that only 0.5% of the UK’s population has actually been diagnosed with it. Similar numbers have been reported in other countries. Exactly how many people have actually had it, however, is unclear. There is also uncertainty around what proportion of people who […]

Google will pay publishers to license content for ‘new news experience’

July 6th, 2020 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

Google announced it will begin paying news publishers for “high-quality content” with the launch of a “new news experience” later this year. The move marks a major departure for Google, which has until now steadfastly refused to compensate news publishers for content. As news organizations’ digital advertising revenues have plunged, critics in the media, and […]

Is an MBA worth it ? After Covid-19, absolutely not.

July 6th, 2020 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

For my parents’ generation, the default option for career development was getting an MBA. At one point in the late 2010s, I considered the degree, too. But as much as the brand glittered, a price tag of $200,000 plus two years of lost wages just didn’t seem worth it. And now? Is an MBA worth […]

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