Kim Neuwirth

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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Aristotle

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

“Hamilton” and the Hip-Hop Case for Progressive Heroism

The Broadway musical, to the distress of those of us who think of it as America’s own fine form, the thing we made first and still, Andrew Lloyd Webber be damned, make best, isn’t really pop culture anymore. It’s always too expensive, often too Disneyfied, mostly too strangely specialized a taste. …

What Your Failed Relationships Can Teach You About Leadership

Everyone wants the genuine interest and respect of others. Don’t leave it back at home in the morning.<p>Your eyes roll. Your significant other is mad at you—again. They told you about their new promotion. You barely looked up from your computer. “Huh? Sorry, I was just in the middle of something.”<p>The …

Alphabet Reveals the Growing Cost of Its Moon Shots

The conglomerate that owns Google burned up nearly $4 billion in 2015 on its wildest technological bets such as self-driving cars.<p>Making dreams come …

Autonomous Cars

Google’s AI Masters the Game of Go a Decade Earlier Than Expected

Google achieves one of the long-standing “grand challenges” of AI by building a computer that can beat expert players at the board game Go.<p>Google has …

Deep Learning

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Travel

Babka Is the New Bagel: The Jewish Dessert Hits the Big Time

The Jewish baked good hits the big time.<p>Babka is just like <b>Taylor Swift</b> during her country music period (bear with us here): a niche figure ready for the crossover to mainstream star. This is good news to anyone who’s been with this deli fixture since whatever the Jewish equivalent is of that song …

Baking

This Artist Turned Chicago Into a Maze

Can you make your way through Millennium Park with nothing but a pencil?<p>If you like adult coloring books, prepare to lose many hours of your life to this even more intricate, throwback hobby: finding your way around hand-drawn mazes that loop through the Chicago cityscape.<p>Through a …

Biggest Global Banks at Davos: We're All Fintech Innovators Now

Fintech was every banker’s buzzword at the World Economic Forum, as leaders of the world’s largest financial companies both touted the potential of …

Bank of America

Information Rich, Knowledge Poor: Overcoming Insurers’ Data Conundrum

The ability to effectively harvest and harness data across the enterprise is quickly emerging as a competitive differentiator in the financial services industry. In the insurance sector specifically, a number of pioneers are already making healthy strides toward mastering information management, …

Fintech Is Just Getting Started

In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy.<p>One segment that I think has the potential …

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?

Nearly 30 years ago, Lilly Love lost her way. She had just completed her five-year tour of duty as an Alaska-based Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, one of an elite team of specialists who are lowered into rough, frigid seas to save foundering fishermen working in dangerous conditions. The day …

Birds