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December 19 2014

December 03 2014

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Here’s how I played in 2014.

November 20 2014

A strategy is a cohesive response to an important challenge. It is a set of coherent actions, not to be confused with details of the actual implantation of that strategy (that would be ‘goal setting’). A strategy tells everyone "this is how our organisation is going to move forward".

November 17 2014

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What voting looked like this weekend.

"More than 300,000 votes cast by Romanians living abroad, were decisively in Mr Iohannis’ favour when the official count was completed on Monday morning. The government had been criticised for long delays in voting at its foreign embassies in a first-round run-off vote on November 2. In that poll 160,000 Romanians voted abroad, with a strong majority breaking for opposition candidates.”

Iohannis wins Romanian election

November 12 2014

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12.11.2014 Rosetta

Are corporations people too? The neural correlates of moral judgment

"We found that anti-social actions of corporations elicited more intense negative emotions and that pro-social actions of people elicited more intense positive emotions. However, the networks underlying the moral decisions about corporations and people are strikingly similar, including regions of the canonical theory of mind network. Neutral actions of corporations showed neural correlates that more closely resembled negative actions than positive actions.

Collectively, these findings indicate that our brains understand and analyze the actions of corporations and people very similarly, with a small emotional bias against corporations.”

October 31 2014

October 30 2014

Can’t Picture Where You’ll Be in 5 Years? Find Your Strategy. - 99U

We hear the phrase “strategic planning” so often that it has become synonymous with true strategy. It shouldn’t. Strategy is about choices, and choosing. In this view, strategy is not about guaranteeing success, and there is no such thing as a perfect strategy. Reason? Strategy is future-oriented, and if we know anything, it’s that the future is uncertain and we are horrible at predicting it. The best we can do is make thoughtful choices.

October 29 2014

“We’re Hoping to Build the Tricorder” — Backchannel — Medium

We began to realize that this idea of nanotechnology, miniature electronics, and continuous measurements of biological parameters were all possible. So instead going to the doctor who says, “Let me draw blood and in three days I’ll call you if there’s anything wrong,” the doctor can can look and say, “Oh, I just checked all your blood over this last year, and it looks like your kidneys are good, your liver is good, I don’t see any indication of oncologic cells, pretty good, thanks.” We use Star Trek as our guiding force around Google because there used to be a computer called Tricorder —you’d talk to it and it would answer any question. That’s what we’re really looking for at Google X. We want to have a Tricorder where Dr. McCoy will wave this thing and say “Oh, you’re suffering from Valerian death fever.” And he’d then give some shot in a person’s neck and they’d immediately get better. We won’t do the shots—our partners will do the shots. But we’re hoping to build the Tricorder.

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Women in Britain love their beauty and technology. Some recent findings from a new business presentation that can go out in the wild. 

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The advent of AI didn’t diminish the performance of purely human chess players. Quite the opposite. Cheap, supersmart chess programs inspired more people than ever to play chess, at more tournaments than ever, and the players got better than ever. There are more than twice as many grand masters now as there were when Deep Blue first beat Kasparov. The top-ranked human chess player today, Magnus Carlsen, trained with AIs and has been deemed the most computer-like of all human chess players. He also has the highest human grand master rating of all time.

October 28 2014

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Other media ask you to evaluate and observe the decisions of the main character. Mass Effect enables you to believe the world in which the story is told, to cast the major characters and to participate in the decisions and face the consequences of character choices. In short, one cannot help but become deeply invested in the universe and narrative Mass Effect builds.

(via Why Mass Effect is the Most Important Science Fiction Universe of Our Generation)

I was never — and maybe this is a character flaw — the type of person who is going to take one idea and beat it to death,” she said. “Part of that is that I have so many ideas. If whatever it is I’m excited about now doesn’t happen, it doesn’t matter, because there’s always the next possibility.
What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? - NYTimes.com

October 27 2014

October 25 2014

Today, three factors of production have become cheaper—information, connectivity, and computing power—affecting any cost curves in which those factors are involved. This can’t help but have disruptive effects. Many incumbents—aka pre-Internet companies—built their businesses based on assumptions of scarcity: scarce information, scarce distribution resources and market reach, or scarce choice and shelf space. Now, though, these factors are abundant, lowering or eliminating barriers to entry and making entire industries ripe for change
— Eric Schmidt, “How Google Works.”

October 21 2014

Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion,” Mr. de la Renta once said. “A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.
— Oscar de la Renta

October 20 2014

Living Systems and The Information First Company

Corporations – which by US law enjoy the status of personhood – act much like organisms in biological systems. Some are fitter than others, and every so often you see  punctuated equilibrium – a quick reset of the ecological landscape. Further, it struck me that we’re in the midst of such a phase shift as we become information. 

Most corporations are organized to maximize their use of energy and matter, because those are the most expensive parts of their businesses. Digital companies, on the other hand,  place information at the center of their business.

Put another way,  they are “information first” companies .  They map the flows of information in a market, and organize themselves so as to exploit or leverage those information flows, even if the flows are “ potential information ” – information used in a new way, a manner which may be more efficient, productive, or valuable. Put information first, and let that determine how best to organize energy and matter. Industrial era-companies, on the other hand, value their hard assets first (energy, matter), and only view  information  as a way to organize or protect those assets.

October 18 2014

In his words: Marc Andreessen on big data, bitcoin and upending the world of finance - The Washington Post

“For five years, many of the world’s best mathematicians and computer scientists have been studying bitcoin and trying to figure out what’s wrong with it. They haven’t found anything yet. Every critique people have of bitcoin, so far, can either be answered with, ‘The designer anticipated it and has a solution built into the system,’ or, ‘There’s a service that can be built on top to address the problem.’ That’s the magic of why everyone out here is so excited about it.”

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