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How AI is spreading throughout the supply chain - In algorithms we trust

Special report<p>In algorithms we trustHow AI is spreading throughout the supply chain<p>DELIVERING 25 PACKAGES by lorry or van might seem straightforward …

Getting a handle on a scandal

A POPULAR riff doing the rounds in tech circles is that, if data are the new oil, then Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica fiasco is the equivalent of …

Five Fifty: Jerk factors

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Technology has upended the world’s advertising giants

IN BUILDING the world’s largest advertising company over the past 30 years, Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, has weathered two recessions …

The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A …

Want A Purpose-Driven Business? Know The Difference Between Mission And Purpose

Young people want to work for purpose-driven businesses–but your purpose has to be something more than just rephrasing your business model.<p>Over the past decade, leaders in business, education, and the social sector have become more interested in the development of purpose. Leading social …

India’s oldest yogini says you’re doing yoga wrong if you’re working up a sweat

If you’re a power yoga enthusiast or a hot yoga buff with the ability to pull off 100 <i>surya namaskaras</i> (sun salutations) in one go, India’s oldest yoga teacher wants you to know you’re doing it all wrong.<p>V Nanammal, the 98-year-old yoga expert from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, believes that, in …

Managing human resources is about to become easier - Hire education

Special report<p>Hire educationManaging human resources is about to become easier<p>HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) is a poorly named department. It usually has few …

The WIRED Guide to Memes

Memes and the internet—they're made for each other. Not because they’re digital visual communication (though of course, they are that), but because …

How and why to search for young Einsteins

EVERY year in Singapore 1% of pupils in the third year of primary school bring home an envelope headed “On government service”. Inside is an …

Positive Self-Esteem Is Overrated, Here’s What You Need Instead

Acting as if everything is fine is not going to make you feel better.<p>In a 2007 study, researchers asked people to come into a lab, sit down in front of a camera, and tell a made-up fairy tale or some other kind of children’s story as it recorded them. There was just one rule: It had to start with …

My Company Tried Slack For Two Years. This Is Why We Quit.

This remote company decided real-time communication was holding it back. So it built a new tool from the ground up.<p>Three years ago, our remote company joined Slack. Until then, we had relied on a mix of email and an internal tool called Wedoist for all our communication. But our steadily growing …

Wardrobe malfunctions

Adrian Wooldridge is insufficiently sexy for his shirt<p>Ayn Rand and J.K. Galbraith may have occupied the opposite ends of the political spectrum, but …

The Bible of LinkedIn Bollocks

<i>So, you're new to the wonderful world of LinkedIn, and you're a bit confused by the waves of posts, articles and messages about GDPR, blockchain,</i> …

Can you work yourself to death?

Jeffrey Pfeffer has an ambitious aspiration for his latest book. “I want this to be the <i>Silent Spring</i> of workplace health,” says Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “We are harming both company performance and individual well-being, and this needs …

3 Essential Branding Lessons From A Rare Steve Jobs Interview

Jobs’s work with legendary designer Paul Rand taught him lessons that any designer, client, or entrepreneur should take to heart.<p>The year is 1986. Steve Jobs meets Paul Rand, the genius responsible for branding IBM, UPS, and Westinghouse. Having just been ousted from Apple, Steve asks Rand to …

37 Cooking Basics You Should Probably Know By Now

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The Emotionally Intelligent Way To Cold-Email People (If You Must)

People don’t love being contacted out of the blue. So you need an opening line that puts your recipient front and center. Here are five ways to craft one.<p>I get about 10 cold emails a day. Most are from PR firms who know I’m a <i>Fast Company</i> contributor and want me to write about their clients. If the …

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IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic …

Resetting the cost base

Technology is creating opportunities and threats for the supplies of traditional industries from utilities to pulp and paper to construction.<p><b>Counting</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

How to build a data-first culture for a digital transformation

Getting better data is key to eliminating the unknowns of a digital transformation. At Sprint, as CDO Rob Roy explains, leaders called for a new …

Artificial Intelligence

How to read less news but be more informed, according to a futurist

You might think someone who gets paid to predict the future would be mad for gadgets and forever spouting off on social media. But you’d be wrong. Writer and futurist Richard Watson may teach London business students and Silicon Valley tech companies how to think about crafting tools for tomorrow, …

Living off the land

<b>Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen.</b> By James Suzman. <i>Bloomsbury; 297 pages; $29.</i><p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your …

Anthropology

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful.<p>Amazon is undoubtedly the most significant force in the digital transformation of commerce: an estimated 44% of all online sales are on Amazon, …

eCommerce

AI will be the art movement of the 21st century

Most agree that AI will be the defining technology of our time, but our predictions tend to differ wildly. Either AI will become the perfect servant, ushering in a new era of productivity and leisure one weather report at a time (Hi, Alexa), or it’ll master us, consigning humanity to the ash heap …

Artificial Intelligence

Why do we work so hard?

Ryan Avent reckons that our jobs have become prisons from which we don’t want to escape<p>W<b>hen I was</b> young, there was nothing so bad as being asked to …

The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.<p>Though their numbers are growing, only 27 percent of all students taking the AP Computer Science exam in the United States are female. The gender gap only grows worse …

A new company is taking remote work’s flexibility to the extreme

The term “digital nomad” evokes images of expats tapping away at laptops in Bali or Barcelona. For all of the freedom the name implies, the lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Constant travel isn’t universally feasible or desirable, and wandering too long can lead some nomads to loneliness, narcissism, …

Remote Working

Netflix's former head of talent explains why she hates jargon like "empowerment"

The “best practices” of management—bonuses and pay tied to annual performance reviews; big HR initiatives; silly celebrations to build camaraderie; and, for employees who are struggling, performance improvement plans—are all based on the idea that “empowering people” leads to job satisfaction and …

Employee Engagement

"Job crafting" takes the job you have and turns it into the job you want

Most people assume that their only options if they dislike their jobs are to leave and find a “better” opportunity within their field or to change careers entirely.<p>But there’s a thread of academic research around a third option. It’s called job crafting, and it’s the practice of making the most of …

Employment