"Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book. Reading “involves factors not usually acknowledged,” she told me. “The ergonomics, the haptics of the device itself. The tangibility of paper versus the intangibility of something digital.” The contrast of pixels, the layout of the words, the concept of scrolling versus turning a page, the physicality of a book versus the ephemerality of a screen, the ability to hyperlink and move from source to source within seconds online—all these variables translate into a different reading experience. "
"Advanced” metrics had generally seen the most growth. For example, engagement—the top KPI—had jumped 32% in the past two years, while sentiment tracking showed year-over-year growth of 38%. …
Still, web traffic as well as followers, fans and group size—simple and relatively useless figures—ranked second and third, which… was “slightly disconcerting.”
Radio Open Source: The End of Work with Ray Kurzweil, Andrew McAfee, Chris Lydon
The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better — surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do? Shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?
- Ray Kurzweil: Director of Engineering at Google, futurist, inventor, and author of The Age of Spiritual Machinesand The Singularity Is Near.
- Andrew McAfee: Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, author of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.
- Charles Derber: sociologist and author of The Surplus American.
- Sarah Jaffe: journalist and host of Dissent’s labor podcast “Belabored”
How right C.S. Lewis was, and how prescient, when he lamented that “it is essential of the happy life that a man would have almost no mail.”
Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret of success.
Pioneering physicist Savas Dimopoulos in Particle Fever, the excellent documentary about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson – a tenacity that characterized some of the greatest achievers and innovators in history.
Pair with Pixar’s cofounder on the importance of fostering a fail-forward culture.(via explore-blog)
30k is a comparison site that enables travelers to determine their optimum flight, taking into account both low cost and high reward miles.
Leaders need to cultivate a triad of awareness — an inward focus, a focus on others, and an outward focus, Daniel Goleman, author of “The Focused Leader”
The coming 50 years of economic problems, in 3 charts
Everyone knows there’s plenty of economic inequality worldwide. But it’s about to get even worse, for decades on end, along with economic growth. There are a few reasons to feel pessimistic about the coming 50 years unless some serious policy changes are made, according to a report released Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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Principles to Remember
Emphasize what you have in common — it helps employees believe that their goals are aligned with yours
Share whatever information you can — when people feel trusted, they’ll trust you back
Admit mistakes and accept responsibility
Give orders — motivating employees to succeed on their own will earn you trust
Badmouth anyone — people will automatically assume you’ll also speak poorly of them when their backs are turned
Fake knowledge — employees need to see you are competent enough to admit what you don’t know
I think we, at a fundamental level, need to redefine the success metrics of capitalism. That they include three key ingredients: 1. Business, successful business, making money. The traditional form of success. 2. You have to be making a difference in the world, you have to be contributing in some way. 3. I think you need to be emotionally engaged in the work. You need to love the work. These three things aren’t, right now, considered the success metrics for capitalism