[LI] Blame for climate crisis; Britain & “zero-carbon”

Two items posted to LinkedIn relating to the environment and the climate crisis - specifically our understanding of responsibility for the crisis, and what a news story about energy sources really means. Repost of post by Shane Ward of article entitled "The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me" … Continue reading [LI] Blame for climate crisis; Britain & “zero-carbon”

[LI] Languages & UBI; lang tech in Africa; MT; missing words

Four items posted to LinkedIn relating to languages, one with economics and three with technology. Question about how UBI might affect language usage (posted September 2019) How might universal basic income (#UBI) affect use of various #languages? Question arises from hearing again the notions "can't get a #job speaking X" & "speaking Y improves job … Continue reading [LI] Languages & UBI; lang tech in Africa; MT; missing words

[LI] Multitasking; productivity in office spaces; motivation

Three items posted to LinkedIn. These have to do with aspects of work, two primarily in job settings, and two about productivity. "What’s one of the keys to mastering multitasking? Feedback," by Srini Pillay, Ideas.TED.com, 27 February 2018 (posted November 2019) Interesting discussion of multitasking, juggling & "supertasking." Some of this is common sense (combining … Continue reading [LI] Multitasking; productivity in office spaces; motivation

[LI] Abandoned ag land; tree species in reforestation

Three replies to posts on LinkedIn, the first to an article on abandoned agricultural land, and the other two about the selection of tree species for reforestation. Reply to a post by UN Biodiversity about an article entitled "Could Abandoned Agricultural Lands Help Save the Planet?" 10 December 2019 (posted December 2018) It wasn't so … Continue reading [LI] Abandoned ag land; tree species in reforestation

[LI] Power, brain damage, incompetence & the “cult of the tech founder”

Three items posted to LinkedIn on power and its dysfunctions. "Power Causes Brain Damage," by Jerry Useem, The Atlantic, July/August 2019 (posted July 2019) Another cautionary about concentrating too much power in the hands of individual people. "How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise" Reply to post … Continue reading [LI] Power, brain damage, incompetence & the “cult of the tech founder”

[LI] 3- & 4-circle “purpose” Venns (2 items)

Two items posted to LinkedIn, concerning the 4-circle Venn, popularized by association with the Japanese "ikigai" concept, and 3-circle Venns, perhaps the first of which was dubbed the "hedgehog." "7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do," by Kate Torgovnick May, Ideas.TED.com, 29 April 2016 (posted 11 January 2020) A sub-genre of … Continue reading [LI] 3- & 4-circle “purpose” Venns (2 items)

[LI] AI job interviews (3 items)

Three brief considerations of AI interviews in hiring, posted to LinkedIn. "Unilever saves on recruiters by using AI to assess job interviews: System analyses body language and word choice, but polling suggests public are opposed to such use of automation," by Robert Booth, Ideas.TED.com, 25 October 2019 (posted November 2019) Expanding use of AI in … Continue reading [LI] AI job interviews (3 items)

[LI] AI vs AI; using biological data for better storytelling

Two items posted to LinkedIn, one about "AI" designed to interdict data gathering by other "AI," and the other relating to research on gathering biological data to help map one's "social media DNA" and tailor storytelling. The first item shapes part of my response to the second. "Researchers Created AI That Hides Your Emotions From … Continue reading [LI] AI vs AI; using biological data for better storytelling

[LI] Trekonomics; innovation without pay; economic value

Three items outside of mainstream economics posted to LinkedIn: science fiction imagining a moneyless future; innovation outside of the context of paid work, and the meaning of value (as opposed to price) in economics. "The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society," Wired, 28 May 2016 (posted August 2019) Fascinating. Will have to get a … Continue reading [LI] Trekonomics; innovation without pay; economic value

[LI] A 5- or 6-hour jobday (& why not “workday”)

Two items about shorter jobdays, each with comments why I don't use "workday" in this context. The first is a reply to a posting, and the second is a posting of an older article about a 2-year experiment, 2-years after it was ended (and people returned to the standard 8-hour jobday). Reply to a post … Continue reading [LI] A 5- or 6-hour jobday (& why not “workday”)