Ayelet Baron

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It’s time for each of us to embrace the unknown and uncertainty

Sanity Dose #175 — There are so many things waiting for us to discover, appreciate and experience. How we take that leap depends on how ready we are …

Mind

Is a Buddhist Group Changing China? Or Is China Changing It?

YIXING, China — For most of her life, Shen Ying was disappointed by the world she saw around her. She watched China’s economic rise in this small city in the Yangtze River Valley, and she found a foothold in the new middle class, running a convenience store in a strip mall. Yet prosperity felt …

China

Canada has a chance to monopolize the artificial intelligence industry

John Kelleher is a partner at McKinsey & Co. and the co-chair of Next Canada. Laura McGee is an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. and co-founder of #GoSponsorHer.<p>There’s no doubt that Canada could lead the planet in artificial intelligence (AI). Canadian academics such as Geoffrey Hinton and …

Canada

The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence?<p>Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, …

Artificial Intelligence

Trend Report 2016-2017

These questions (and more) form the basis of the <b>Centre for Innovation's first Trend Report</b>, a magazine-style publication discussing the latest</b> …

Connectivism

The stars of China’s home food delivery business: spicy hot pot, shredded potato and crawfish

Come sunset, thousands of motorbikes spread out across Chinese cities, delivering popular night snacks, including spicy hot pot ingredients, shredded potato and crawfish, part of a boom in home food delivery in recent years. The food delivery business in China has seen a 44% compound annual growth …

China

In China's far west the 'perfect police state' is emerging

During a trip through China’s violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to ‘pacify’ region<p>It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the …

China

Alipay and PayPal Are Disrupting The Finance Sector, But The Big Banks Are Here To Stay. Here's Why

From Alipay to PayPal, and from Seedrs to EdAid, technological innovation is reshaping the financial system at an unprecedented pace. Both customers and newcomers stand to gain, but it doesn’t mean the end of the financial sector as we know it. Rather, a small number of fintech companies will grow …

FinTech

Mis-Educating the Young

A few months ago I had lunch with a former student named Lucy Fleming, one of the best writers I’ve taught. I asked her what she had learned in her first year out of college. She said she had been forced to think differently.<p>While in school, her thinking was station to station: take that test, …

Teens

Apple struggling to become an artificial-intelligence powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant …

Artificial Intelligence

Less than a year later, China’s “car-eating,” traffic-straddling bus is officially dead

It’s the end of the road for China’s giant “car-eating” bus.<p>On June 21, the transit-elevated bus (TEB) was relocated to a nearby parking garage, and local officials said they would remove the 300-meter tracks it ran on by the end of the month, reported state-owned news publication Chinanews (link …

Transportation

This Company Is Cashing In On India's E-Commerce Boom

On the Internet, nothing travels faster than a tip on how to score a bargain.<p>With online sales growing in India, and price-sensitive Indian consumers looking at ways to shave costs, Internet merchants are offering discounts to anyone willing to punch in a secret coupon code and sign up as a member …

eCommerce

Uber’s CEO was brought down by a God complex—and that should scare the rest of Silicon Valley

Disruption isn’t just a buzzword in Silicon Valley—it’s a religion. And its high priest is undeniably Uber, the ride-sharing service that revolutionized transportation by allowing customers to hail a cab with the push of a button.<p>Uber has long prided itself on ignoring the status quo and rewriting …

Uber

Tesla is shifting gears in China by manufacturing its own cars there

Tesla is inching ever closer to its China dream.<p>Yesterday (June 22) the company confirmed that it is “in talks” with the municipal government of Shanghai to manufacture its vehicles in the country. A Tesla spokesperson provided the following statement:<p>“Tesla is working with the Shanghai Municipal …

China

How Harley-Davidson Used Artificial Intelligence to Increase New York Sales Leads by 2,930%

It was winter in New York City and Asaf Jacobi’s Harley-Davidson dealership was selling one or two motorcycles a week. It wasn’t enough.<p>Jacobi went for a long walk in Riverside Park and happened to bump into Or Shani, CEO of an AI firm, Adgorithms. After discussing Jacobi’s sales woes, Shani, …

Harley Davidson

China clamps down on live-streaming services

The Chinese government has cracked down on three of the country’s top live-streaming services over their apparent broadcast of unsuitable political content.<p>Weibo, the Nasdaq-listed microblogging site, disclosed that it had received a notice from The State Administration of Press, Publication, …

China

We are obsessed with power. A French village shows life needn’t be this way

Summer in the Forest, a breathtakingly beautiful new film celebrates a community that gives strength to people at the bottom of the pile<p>“I’m a strong man,” says the man in the film. “I’m not interested in being small. Me, I’m big. People who treat me like I’m small, they have to stop.”<p>These are the …

Learning

In this part of the Midwest, the problem isn’t China. It’s too many jobs.

WARSAW, Ind. — Each day at Zimmer Biomet headquarters, machinists on one robot-assisted factory floor churn out about 3,000 metallic knee parts. They are facing pressure to crank up the pace as the population ages and demand soars.<p>But the artificial-bone giant is grappling with a steep downside of …

Education

The Price of Profit and the Meaning of Life

Do we truly have a common and shared understanding of what <i>work</i> means in the 21st century?<p>If we look around us, most of what we see is people stressed …

Happiness

In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 books

Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said,<p>Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…<p>When I first found this quote …

Employment

Power Causes Brain Damage

Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise.<p>If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually …

Indra Nooyi

Is the Gig Economy Working? | Nathan Heller

The tension in the progressive community about on demand work as a positive, neutral, or negative force in labor economics is tightening, and …

Sharing Economy

A high-flying Chinese dealmaker has his wings clipped

Out with an AnbangA high-flying Chinese dealmaker has his wings clipped<p>Anbang’s chairman, Wu Xiaohui, is ”temporarily unavailable”<p>print-edition …

China

How artificial intelligence could save the planet

The power of AI can address far bigger challenges than helping organise our calendars, order our groceries or play games<p>In many respects, 2016 was the year of artificial intelligence (AI). Innovations such as big data, advances in machine learning and computing power, and algorithms capable of …

Artificial Intelligence

Netizens irked by Chinese college students getting piggybacked across ankle deep waters - From Around The World

Hardened veterans in life often accuse the current generation of kids for being too soft, terming them as the ‘strawberry generation’.<p>However, they …

College & University

How to collaborate human-to-human with purpose: Working out loud in the digital age

If we see technology as a place to go, rather than focusing on people, we fail miserably<p>Working out loud is about sharing what you are working on in …

Leadership

China rises as a biotech powerhouse, developing drugs to treat the world

Biotech once looked to China for cheap labor. It may soon find mounting competition instead.Thanks to bountiful investments and loosening …

Medicine

A place called 'hope': the tiny island on the frontline of US-China tensions

More than 100 Filipinos live 15 miles from one of Beijing’s most ambitious island bases in the South China Sea<p>On the horizon, the azure sea water stops and the white, concrete structures of the Chinese military base rise up.<p>“Sometimes we get nervous because we are only civilians. If they invade the …

South China Sea

“Know Thyself”: An ancient teaching making a comeback in conscious 21st century leaders

Know thyself is an ancient teaching that gets over looked today as everyone suggests who to follow, who to like, and what to consume. Our modern …

Leadership

EarthRx: What Happens when Rivers Become Recognized as Living Beings?

<i>I heard stories from my mother’s mother who was an American Indian. She was spiritual, although she did not go to church, but she had the hum. She</i> …

Spirituality