Friday, May 20, 2016

Bad Data Can Kill - Tim Mitchell

Bad Data Can Kill - Tim Mitchell



Healthcare is not the only vertical where this could happen. Earlier
this year, a demolition crew knocked down the wrong house in a
neighborhood recently touched by a tornado. This error was blamed on a glitch in Google Maps, which pointed the demo crew to the wrong physical location for the address. 



Though not heavily publicized, numerous stories have popped up surrounding the mistaken assault on incorrect targets.
While I’m not going to engage this post in the morality of using
automated smart bombs and the like, I will use this scenario to
emphasize how critical it is to have good data and data processes to
ensure that no one is mistakenly harmed because of incorrect
information.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Blue Feed, Red Feed - WSJ.com

Blue Feed, Red Feed - WSJ.com



To begin, click on a topic. Be forewarned: These Facebook posts do not
represent the reporting or opinion of The Wall Street Journal, and are
not verified, edited or endorsed in any way. Read our Methodology.

The Workplace of the Future

The Workplace of the Future



The dictaphones, typewriters, mimeograph machines and desktop computers
of yore have been replaced by standing desks adorned with Apple Cinema
Displays, bike racks hang from the joists in hallways, exposed brick
and beam has replaced sheetrock and plaster, and conference rooms have
become smaller often connected to the world by video conferencing. Gone
are the cubicled Action Offices, replaced by open floor plans, which are now seemingly a thing of the past.

Commencement

Commencement

There's No Such Thing as Free Will - The Atlantic

There's No Such Thing as Free Will - The Atlantic



The great Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant reaffirmed this link
between freedom and goodness. If we are not free to choose, he argued,
then it would make no sense to say we ought to choose the path of
righteousness.

We’ve never had it so good … nor felt so fearful | Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna | Opinion | The Guardian

We’ve never had it so good … nor felt so fearful | Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna | Opinion | The Guardian



In a landmark new book Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna argue that the
dizzying pace of change in every aspect of life, from health to
education to technology, can provide for a golden age, as long as the
gains are evenly spread 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Even in fast-changing India, kushti wrestling is a wellspring of power, pride and identity - LA Times

Even in fast-changing India, kushti wrestling is a wellspring of power, pride and identity - LA Times



Two hundred almonds, seven to 10 eggs, a pound of mutton, several
bananas, some green vegetables,  a half-pound of clarified butter, and
four liters of milk, often freshly squeezed from a nearby cow.  Nandu
Abdar’s diet isn’t for lightweights, nor is his sport: kushti, a style
of mud-clay wrestling that dates to the  16th century. The Indian
government may prefer mat wrestling in hopes of getting Olympic glory,
but the kushti ways endure.

Kasi, Cuba and Moksha: Hinduism from Varanasi to Americas

காசியில் உயிர்நீத்தால்தான் மோட்சமா? | ஏகாந்தன் Aekaanthan

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tech layoffs more than double in Bay Area - San Jose Mercury News

Tech layoffs more than double in Bay Area - San Jose Mercury News



Yahoo's 279 workers let go
this year contributed to the 3,135 tech jobs lost in the four-county
region of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and San Francisco counties
from January through April, as did the 50 workers axed at Toshiba
America in Livermore and the 71 at Autodesk in San Francisco. In the
first four months of last year, just 1,515 Bay Area tech workers were
laid off, according to mandatory filings under California's WARN Act.
For that period in 2014, the region's tech layoffs numbered 1,330.

What happens after companies jettison traditional year-end evaluations?

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management | McKinsey & Company



Google has said that this research, in part, lies behind a lot of its
talent practices and its decision to pay outsized rewards to retain top
performers: compensation for two people doing the same work can vary by
as much as
500 percent.8
Google wants to keep its top employees from defecting and believes that
compensation can be a “lock-in”; star performers at junior levels of
the company can make more than average ones at senior levels. 

Tamil Nadu polls: EC wins battle against muscle power but loses against money power : Tamil Nadu Election, News - India Today

Tamil Nadu polls: EC wins battle against muscle power but loses against money power : Tamil Nadu Election, News - India Today



How Cash For Votes Went Hi-Tech In Tamil Nadu



  1. Despite
    over 1 lakh state and central police personnel and 1700 Flying Squads
    and 32 Income Tax teams conducting raids for a few weeks before polls,
    not much could be done to curb the distribution of money.
Even
the Rs 570 crore cash haul in Tirupur last week, which was ultimately
claimed by the State Bank of India, is proving to be a headache for the
Commission. Inquiries continue into how the cash was transported and it
could be quite some time before the spectre of this election leaves the
officials concerned.

Amitabh famous dialouge of movie Namakhalal

Amitabh famous dialouge of movie Namakhalal



The Dialouge :
Are
Babuji ais angreji ave ke... I can leave angrej behind.


see sir,i can
talk english,i can walk english and i can laugh english because 'english
is very funny language', 




"Bhairo becomes bairan" and "Bairan becomes
bhairo" because their minds are very narrow.




in the year ninteen hundred
and twenty nine sir, india was playing against Australia at Melbourne
city.Vijay Merchant and Vijay Hazare were their in the crease and vijay
hazare told mr Vijay Hazare look vijay Hazare this is a very prestigeous
match you must consider this match very carefully so,consider this
match very carefully. so considering the consederation that that vijay
hazare gave vija merchant,vijay merchant told vijay hazare that
ultimately we must take a run and tey were striking the ball on the leg
side sir,the consideration came into ultimatum and ultimately vihay
haxare went to vujay merchant.....




oh shutup(fed up boss shouted but
amitabh continuse..)
 


 same early sir, in the
year 1979 when india was playing againg pakistan in wankade statidum
bombay.wasim raja and wasim bari they were on the crease and was baari
gave the same consideration to wasim raja and wasim raja told wasim
baari look sir, this ultimately hat ot end in a condiseration which
cannot consider therefore the cosnisderation that you are giving me must
be consider very ultimately ther for the run they wer taking wasim raja
told Wasim Bari,you take run and ultimately both of them run and
consderatlyl they got outtttttt.
sir,
"mere is samanya gyan par aapko koi vishesh tippani karnin hai" 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blockchain for Grown Ups: Cutting Through the Hype | ThoughtWorks

Blockchain for Grown Ups: Cutting Through the Hype | ThoughtWorks



In this series we aim to help you look at business problems through a
blockchain lens as you look to create value for your customers and
shareholders. In the next installment, look more closely at possible and
practical uses for blockchain today. Read Part Two: What's Real? 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Open Whisper Systems >> Blog >> Reflections: The ecosystem is moving

Open Whisper Systems >> Blog >> Reflections: The ecosystem is moving



cannibalizing a federated application-layer
protocol into a centralized service is almost a sure recipe for a successful consumer product today. It's
what Slack did with IRC, what Facebook did with email, and what WhatsApp has done with XMPP. In each
case, the federated service is stuck in time, while the centralized service is able to iterate into the
modern world and beyond.

Here are two things worth understanding about poverty: — Be Yourself — Medium

Here are two things worth understanding about poverty: — Be Yourself — Medium

Eulogy for The New York Times R&D Lab — Medium

Eulogy for The New York Times R&D Lab — Medium



The New York Times R&D Lab,
a groundbreaking department of applied creative technology that helped
one of the great institutions of journalism see how it could thrive
amidst a changing media ecosystem, died Monday in New York City. It was eleven years old.

A Gruel-ing Election Season — The Nib

A Gruel-ing Election Season — The Nib

In Case You Missed It on Medium: April 2016 — The Story — Medium

In Case You Missed It on Medium: April 2016 — The Story — Medium



Verge cofounder Joshua Topolsky wrote a widely read piece about the future of the media business that generated nearly 500 responses, including from Rebecca Searles, Wolfgang Blau, Danny Sullivan, Mark Glaser, John Borthwick, and Evan Smith. Mic cofounder Chris Altchek shared an internal memo on a similar topic. And media publishers Frederic Filloux (Monday Note) and John Battelle (NewCo) made the move to Medium.

The best visual description of a company I’ve ever seen — Signal v. Noise

The best visual description of a company I’ve ever seen — Signal v. Noise



Can I boil down the idea into something as simple as a column and a row?As we work on some new marketing messaging and ideas for Basecamp 3, I’m coming back to this chart again.

alvin + heidi toffler {futurists}

alvin + heidi toffler {futurists}



Tofflers' new book on the dynamic new economy of tomorrow -- how we
work, run companies, raise families, invest and think about both money
and non-money



Future
Shock



The classic that changed our view of tomorrow.
Published in over 50 countries, its startling insights into accelerating
change led a president to commission a special report, inspired
composers to write symphonies and rock music, gave a powerful new
concept to social science, and added a new phrase to our language. With
more than 15 million copies in print, Future Shock vividly
describes the emerging global civilization: Tomorrow's family life, the
rise of new businesses, subcultures, lifestyles and human relationships -
all of them temporary. 

Skype Bots now available on Mac and Web – - Skype Blogs

Skype Bots now available on Mac and Web – - Skype Blogs



  • Murphy, a Bot to find and create images for when questions can’t be answered by words alone
  • Summarize, a Bot designed to give an overview of a web page if you don’t have time to read the whole thing

India's First 3D Art Museum in Chennai Will Make You Rub Your Eyes in Disbelief!

India's First 3D Art Museum in Chennai Will Make You Rub Your Eyes in Disbelief!



A new museum just opened on the East Coast Road in Chennai and no, it is not full of stuffy artefacts



“In this museum every piece of art is complete only when the viewer enters the frame. It is interactive art,” Shreethar told New Indian Express. 

Watch: Ryan Reynolds Mocks His Own Film In ‘Deadpool’ Honest Trailer - DesignTAXI.com

Watch: Ryan Reynolds Mocks His Own Film In ‘Deadpool’ Honest Trailer - DesignTAXI.com



YouTube
channel Screen Junkies, which has made a name for itself for its
‘Honest Trailers’ series, has created an honest trailer for popular
Marvel film Deadpool.

Westford Kiwanis

Westford Kiwanis



The 2016 Apple Blossom Festival runs through Sunday, May 15. Offerings
include an old-fashioned carnival and rides from Fiesta Shows. Westford
Against Substance Abuse hosts an Ice Cream Social on Thursday from 6 to 7
p.m. The Battle of the Bands will take place on Friday, May 13 from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Abbot School Gym, 25 Depot St. Saturday at 10
a.m. the annual Apple Blossom Festival Parade kicks off with bands,
candidates for Apple Blossom Queen, and floats. A fireworks display will
take place on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Brazil Impeachment Crisis: 5 Things To Know About Proceedings Against President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil Impeachment Crisis: 5 Things To Know About Proceedings Against President Dilma Rousseff



The political crisis in Brazil keeps taking unexpected twists and turns
as the future of President Dilma Rousseff hangs in the balance. With
less than 100 days until the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the
world spotlight on Brazil, here’s a look at everything you need to know
about the country's impeachment process and political and economic
situation.

How Giphy's Alex Chung created a $300 million GIF empire (Wired UK)

How Giphy's Alex Chung created a $300 million GIF empire (Wired UK)

The First Wave of VR Movies, Reviewed - Scientific American

The First Wave of VR Movies, Reviewed - Scientific American



How do four of the first major virtual reality forays into film stack up? David Pogue reports back

MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review



MIT Technology Review







Do We Deserve Total Digital Privacy?





The Industries of the Future - Alec Ross - Google Books



Paul Ford: What is Code? | Bloomberg





For your entire working memory, some Internet thing has come
along every two years and suddenly hundreds of thousands of dollars
(inevitably millions) must be poured into amorphous projects with
variable deadlines. Content management projects, customer relationship
management integration projects, mobile apps, paperless office things,
global enterprise resource planning initiatives—no matter how tightly
you clutch the purse strings, software finds a way to pry open your
fingers.



Here we go again. On the other side of your (well-organized) desk sits this guy in his mid-30s with a computer in his lap.

Five Questions for Harvard Business Review Press Author Fred Kiel | EBSCO post

Five Questions for Harvard Business Review Press Author Fred Kiel | EBSCO post



He claimed that as long as management stayed legal, this was all that
was needed – he attributed nearly 100 percent of the variance in the
bottom line results to the quality of the business model. While I agreed
that the business model is crucial (no amount of strong character
leadership can make a bad business model successful), I also intuitively
felt that the character of the leadership IS an important contributor
to the bottom line – it’s not just “icing on the cake.” I didn’t set out
to write a book. I did the research to find out who was right – that
critic or me. Once I had accumulated the large data base of convincing
data, my agent convinced me to write up the results of the research –
hence the Return on Character.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Micro-interactions — Free Code Camp

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Micro-interactions — Free Code Camp

Monday, May 09, 2016

Fifty years after the start of the Cultural Revolution in China, there are parallels worth examining

The Cost of the Cultural Revolution, Fifty Years Later - The New Yorker



its effects: about two hundred million people in the countryside suffered from chronic malnutrition,
because the economy had been crippled; up to twenty million people had
been uprooted and sent to the countryside; and up to one and a half
million had been executed or driven to suicide.
The taint of foreign ideas, real or imagined, was often the basis for
an accusation; libraries of foreign texts were destroyed, and the
British embassy was burned. When Xi Zhongxun—the father of China’s
current President, Xi Jinping—was
dragged before a crowd, he was accused, among other things, of having
gazed at West Berlin through binoculars during a visit to East Germany.

Antivirus scan shuts down Merge Hemo medical device during heart surgery.

Antivirus scan shuts down Merge Hemo medical device during heart surgery.



As my colleague Lily Hay Newman has regularly shown,
virtually everything that connects to the internet has been hacked,
including medical devices. And hospitals themselves have been subject to ransomware attacks by hackers, endangering patient safety. But as J.M. Porup has argued in Future Tense, the real danger in medical environments may not be malice but malware, invasive programs that could interrupt care—even if their developers didn’t actually intend to target hospitals.

Ready to Wear - Nanotextiles | EBSCO post

Ready to Wear - Nanotextiles | EBSCO post



Learn more about the nanotextiles that could find their way into your closet soon at the Guardian.

For a more technical discussion with citations, turn to “textiles” at Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada.