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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory. Here’s why. Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a computing device. 16 years later…
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What we give away when we log on to a public Wi-Fi network

What we give away when we log on to a public Wi-Fi network | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.
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Click-o-Tron

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Click-o-Tron has the latest and greatest stories on the web, as hallucinated by a computer algorithm.

All articles on Click-o-Tron are written by a Recurrent Neural Network, a technology from artificial intelligence research that is well suited to generating text. While some stories are clearly nonsense, others may appear to make sense. They probably don't though – no human was involved in writing any of these. Since these stories are dreamed up by a computer algorithm, they are essentially fiction and overlap with reality only incidentally.

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Don’t let the Nobel prize fool you. Economics is not a science | Joris Luyendijk | Comment is free | The Guardian

Don’t let the Nobel prize fool you. Economics is not a science | Joris Luyendijk | Comment is free | The Guardian | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
The award glorifies economists as tellers of timeless truths, fostering hubris and leading to disaster
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Take off that Fitbit. Exercise alone won’t make you lose weight.

Take off that Fitbit. Exercise alone won’t make you lose weight. | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
The obesity problem has little to do with our sedentary lifestyles.
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Two Words That Will Make You Happier With Your Life Choices

Two Words That Will Make You Happier With Your Life Choices | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
A psychologist reveals why aiming for "the best" isn't always the best idea.
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Why Power Corrupts

Why Power Corrupts | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it

“Power tends to corrupt,” said Lord Acton, the 19th-century British historian. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” His maxim has been vividly illustrated in psychological studies, notably the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, which was halted when one group of students arbitrarily assigned to serve as “prison guards” over another group began to abuse their wards.

But new scholarship is bringing fresh subtlety to psychologists’ understanding of when power leads people to take ethical shortcuts—and when it doesn’t.


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"In sum, the study found, power doesn’t corrupt; it heightens pre-existing ethical tendencies. Which brings to mind another maxim, from Abraham Lincoln: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” "

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New research digs deeper into the social science behind why power brings out the best in some people and the worst in others.

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Free Is a Lie | P2P Foundation

Free Is a Lie | P2P Foundation | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it

"... the business model of many services depends basically on spying on the users and then selling that data, then telling the users they are getting the service for free."

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Winning XPrize Medical Gadget Could Run Hundreds of Lab Tests on a Single Drop of Blood - IEEE Spectrum

Winning XPrize Medical Gadget Could Run Hundreds of Lab Tests on a Single Drop of Blood - IEEE Spectrum | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Team DMI wins the grand prize in the Nokia Sensing XChallenge; next up is the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize
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The Plot Against Public Education

The Plot Against Public Education | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Bill Gates had an idea. He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner. His idea? America’s high schools were too big. When a multibillionaire gets an idea, just about everybody leans in to listen. And when that idea has to do with matters of important public policy and the billionaire is willing to back it up with hard cash, public...
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The cult of productivity is preventing you from being productive

The cult of productivity is preventing you from being productive | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
What do we really mean by productivity?
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Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure - BBC News

Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure - BBC News | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
When it comes to creating a great work of art, practice makes perfect, writes Matthew Syed.
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The bizarre reactor that might save nuclear fusion

The bizarre reactor that might save nuclear fusion | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Germany’s new stellarator was “hell on Earth” to build, but it will be worth it—if it works
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The Servitude Bubble

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Tech isn’t really making a “sharing” economy. So what is it making?
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The problem with Abundance

The problem with Abundance | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
We live in an age of Abundance, an age where the muscle of frugality is hardly used and is in danger of becoming vestigial. Abundance leads to inefficiency. I believe that the virtue of frugality is germane for companies to be successful and for individuals to lead fulfilling lives.The abundance of choice when it comes to retailers makes shopping an inefficient experience. The abundance of entertainment options results in people spending more time browsing than experiencing. The abundance of money in successful companies results in over hiring and recklessly increasing team sizes before makin
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Top 10 emerging technologies of 2015

Top 10 emerging technologies of 2015 | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Fuel cell vehicles are one of 10 emerging technologies for 2015 highlighted by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies.
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The Overprotected Kid

The Overprotected Kid | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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Food for thought... "It’s hard to absorb how much childhood norms have shifted in just one generation. Actions that would have been considered paranoid in the ’70s—walking third-graders to school, forbidding your kid to play ball in the street, going down the slide with your child in your lap—are now routine. In fact, they are the markers of good, responsible parenting."

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Silicon Valley's Culture of Amorality – Water Will Find its Way

Silicon Valley's Culture of Amorality – Water Will Find its Way | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Ten years ago in mid 2004 I left the Financial Times and started publishing Silicon Valley Watcher. Silicon Valley was starting to wake from a long downturn from the dotcom deflation and Google's
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What’s So Bad About Gluten?

What’s So Bad About Gluten? | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Millions of people have sworn off wheat, but there’s little science to support them. Michael Specter investigates.
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We Are All Confident Idiots

We Are All Confident Idiots | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight.
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Rich People Want You to Work for Free

Rich People Want You to Work for Free | Note-worthy Brain Food | Scoop.it
Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.
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