Tuesday 11th December 2018
  • The Subtle Art of Effective Learning - Brenden Weber


    A critical misconception about learning has beholden to society throughout history: that whatever method of practice that leads to the most immediate improvement must be the most effective.
    For example, consider a basketball player who routinely shoots a three-point shot from the center of the arc, as the player continues to practice that shot from that spot the player will be getting in a groove. That shot will gradually improve his or her ability to hit it consistently and accurately. Unfortunately, that rhythm, that confidence gained from practice doesn't always translate to better overall performance in a game.

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  • The thinking Indian's guide to Aadhaar


    There are a few topics as divisive as Aadhaar in drawing room discussions around India. While most people got themselves Aadhaar cards, some privacy advocates and others have managed to get the supreme court to put brakes on its wheels. This is rightfully so and probably due course in a democracy in the digital age. The end result seems a little messy and off-track - hopefully the Aadhaar survives and gets used to reduce corruption (wrt government subsidies, etc) which was the original purpose. This made me wonder if the social security number in the US (similar in scope and use today) faced any opposition of this kind when it was introduced in 1936 - apparently not. There was no social media in 1936.
    Here's the thinking man's guide to Aadhaar from Founding Fuel. It delves into several specifics.

  • The 'Adaptable Leader' is the New Holy Grail- Become One, Hire One - First Round Review


    "Most folks would agree that learning is good," says Anne Dwane, CEO of Zinch. "The catch is that modern life hones skills - like pattern recognition and selective attention - that are at odds with learning. With hectic personal and professional schedules, we live much of life sensing and responding, only engaging in creative or critical thinking occasionally."
    In this exclusive interview, Dwane explains how to adopt the most important learner mindsets - Gamer, Beginner, and Growth. "The implications of these changes are far-reaching," she says. "But the changes themselves cost nothing and don't take much time. You can make these changes while reading this post."

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  • Google's plan to bring the internet to the world through balloons is ready for the next level


    In the world of win-wins, Google's Loon project has got to be a top candidate. 3.4 billion people around the world still don't have internet. The cost of covering this population with traditional cellphone towers or broadband is prohibitive. Enter, Google's Loon project, which uses hot air balloons to provide connectivity to hundreds of thousands of people. Of course, Google can serve more ads and make more money once these people join the web, but the internet itself can potentially be free and net-neutral. This project has gone through several generations of R&D now within Alphabet and is beginning to look promising. Case in point, the company managed to connect over 250,000 people to the internet in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria last year - some who had never been connected in the first place - and kept a balloon in the area for 98 days. (It hopes, in the future to be able to keep balloons in the air for 200 days.)

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  • Why one hospital encourages teams to start the day with a 10-minute meeting where everyone shares their mood - HBR


    At the start of every shift, the team members get together for a brief "team-start." Each team member rates his or her own mood as green (I'm good), orange (I'm okay but I have a few things I'm concerned about) or red (I'm under stress). The rest of the team doesn't need to know that you're under stress because you're having a dispute with your landlord or you are worried about your ill toddler. How you feel, however, is important because it affects how you should be treated.

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  • We need better media metrics


    One of the perils of the free flow of information in today's social media world is that there is so much information out there that everyone is forced to shout louder and louder to get noticed. The focus is not on good content, but content that attracts your attention and provides instant gratification. Even respected publishers like BBC are often forced to give more mileage to 'viral' content (clickbait, entertainment) than what's important (human rights, climate change, etc). However, a backlash is coming. Similar to the food industry where the cola companies and fast food giants are forced to look at healthier options, content platforms will be forced to go through a similar evolution. Page views, clicks, etc will need to be supplemented with other metrics that ensure a more balanced content diet.

  • AI is convicting criminals and determining jail time, but is it fair? - WEF


    When Netflix gets a movie recommendation wrong, you'd probably think that it's not a big deal. Likewise, when your favourite sneakers don't make it into Amazon's list of recommended products, it's probably not the end of the world. But when an algorithm assigns you a threat score from 1 to 500 that is used to rule on jail time, you might have some concerns about this use of predictive analytics.
    Artificial intelligence (AI) has now permeated almost every aspect of our lives. Naturally, machine predictions cannot always be 100% accurate. But the cost of error dramatically increases when AI is implemented in high-stakes settings.

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  • There's Seldom Any Traffic on the High Road - Farnam Street Blog


    We've all been there: someone says something rude to us and our instinct is to strike back with a quick-witted comeback. That's what many people do. It's also a big reason that many people don't get what they want. Consider this example from my recent travels:
    "Are you dense?" the gate agent blurted to me, clearly frustrated as I asked a question she'd be asked a million times that day. Only moments before, I had been sitting on a plane to Seattle when the announcement came over the PA system that the flight was cancelled.

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  • What's next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that's what. - Andrew Chen



    Goods versus Services - why a breakthrough is coming! Marketplace startups have done incredibly well over the first few decades of the internet, reinventing the way we shop for goods, but have been less successful for services. In this essay, we argue that a breakthrough is on its way: While the first phase of the internet has been about creating marketplaces for goods, the next phase will be about reinventing the service economy. Startups will build on the lessons and tactics to crack the toughest service industries

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  • Ego Is the Enemy of Good Leadership - HBR


    On his first day as CEO of the Carlsberg Group, a global brewery and beverage company, Cees't Hart was given a key card by his assistant. The card locked out all the other floors for the elevator so that he could go directly to his corner office on the 20th floor. And with its picture windows, his office offered a stunning view of Copenhagen. These were the perks of his new position, ones that spoke to his power and importance within the company.
    Cees spent the next two months acclimating to his new responsibilities. But during those two months, he noticed that he saw very few people throughout the day.