Nick Wailes

370 Added | 5 Magazines | 7 Likes | 7 Following | 142 Followers | @nickw | Associate Dean (Digital and Innovation) @ UNSW Business School. Tracking the impact of digital disruption on business models, leadership and education.

Scared by the News? Take the Long View: Progress Gets Overlooked

“I’m taking a break from the news.”<p>It’s a refrain I hear more and more often. Last week, Dan Rather sent out a tweet saying that “even I feel I need a break” from the news sometimes. His remedy: a walk in the woods. Last year, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that over a …

Domestic Violence

Hey, Alexa, What Can You Hear? And What Will You Do With It?

Amazon ran a commercial on this year’s Super Bowl that pretended its digital assistant Alexa had temporarily lost her voice. It featured celebrities like Rebel Wilson, Cardi B and even the company’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos.<p>While the ad riffed on what Alexa can say to users, the more intriguing …

Automation

What Is Blockchain?

An overview of the technology everyone is talking about.<p>Blockchain might seem like magical fairy dust that companies throw about that suddenly sparks …

Blockchain

Photographing These Abandoned Space Shuttles Made Me a Russian Target

How one man broke into a secret facility housing the last of the Soviet Union's experimental space ships.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p><i>This is a story from an anonymous photographer, as told to Julian Morgans.</i><p><i>What you’re looking at is a derelict Russian space shuttle, covered</i> …

Space Exploration

Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

With traditional university programs getting more expensive and competitive, we’re seeing a boom in the number of alternative programs that are taking advantage of the internet and more flexible teaching and learning formats to fill the gap in the market.<p>The latest development comes from Coursera. …

Online Education

Man Ray’s love-hate relationship with Hollywood

The Surrealist artist struggled to balance the competing demands of his passion and his wallet<p>Man Ray was by no means the first artist to flee …

At Gucci, Dressing for the Post-Human World

MILAN — Riddle me this: How is the theater of fashion like an operating theater?<p>With this question — raised by the Gucci show set: an antiseptic hospital-gown-green space with piercing overhead lights, medical beds strategically arrayed beneath — the Milan women’s wear collections got into …

Inventions

Why Decentralization Matters

The first two eras of the internet<p>During the first era of the internet — from the 1980s through the early 2000s — internet services were built on …

Blockchain

Reading Ovid in the Age of #MeToo

In 2015, four Columbia University undergraduates published an op-ed in their student paper petitioning English professors to affix trigger warnings to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The poem’s “vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault,” they wrote, were distressing to survivors, one of whom “was …

Literature

Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

Do not let their names fool you. The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, …

Recipe: The Apollo's Saganaki Cheese with Honey and Oregano

The Apollo's honey and oregano-soaked saganaki cheese is a relatively simple dish that diners adore. Now you can make it at home.

Honey

Y Combinator Launches Free Online Course To Train New Startup Investors

Y Combinator wants more startup investors in the market. And with a new online training course, the accelerator plans to train them itself.<p>Called Startup Investor School, the new program from Y Combinator will purport to train new investors over four days, with attendees joining at Y Combinator’s …

Startups

Online courses don't work, but education can still be disrupted

The labour force is changing at a rapid pace. Technology is generating entirely new industries and jobs, while eradicating antiquated ones. Some may …

How Will AI Change Work? Here Are 5 Schools of Thought

The future of the workforce is one of the biggest issues facing CEOs today. It’s abundantly clear to all that artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and advanced robotics make it possible for machines to take on tasks that once required a person to do them. How should companies prepare, …

Artificial Intelligence

Yoga for lazy people: seven moves to make you happy

You don’t even have to get off the sofa<p>• Tim Dowling’s lazy person’s guide to self-improvement<p>Lots of people tell me that while they want to practise yoga, they just can’t get off the sofa. Well, no worries. Yoga can be done by the laziest of the laziest. Just stay where you are and do this …

Yoga

San Francisco’s Skyline, Now Inexorably Transformed by Tech

SAN FRANCISCO — The skyscraper came late to this city, a shipping and manufacturing hub for much of its existence. The wealthy roosted on the hills and the masses toiled on the flats and the docks. Everyone lived close to the ground in a setting renowned for its natural beauty.<p>Now the things being …

San Francisco

The Top Tech Books of 2017: Part I

<b>In 2017, Silicon Valley’s reputation</b> as a rule-bending-but-ultimately-well-intentioned industry finally attracted some scrutiny. So it’s no surprise …

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

Product Management

Is Alison The Answer To The World's Education Needs?

With nearly 12 million registered learners, 1.5 million graduates, and 1,000 free courses, the first ever massive open online course (MOOC) Alison has become one of the world’s largest players in online education – and one of the world’s largest certifiers of educational and skills attainment. …

Learning

Microsoft has set up an internal AI University to try and get around the skills shortage

Microsoft has set up an internal "AI University" in a bid to help it overcome the skills shortage in the booming field of artificial intelligence (AI).<p>Chris Bishop, the director of a Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge, UK, told Business Insider that the Microsoft AI University is one of several …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch Out, Corporate Learning: Here Comes Disruption

The corporate training market, which is over $130 billion in size, is about to be disrupted. Companies are starting to move away from their Learning Management Systems (LMS), buy all sorts of new tools for digital learning, and rebuild a whole new infrastructure to help employees learn. And the …

Education Technology

How white engineers built racist code – and why it's dangerous for black people

As facial recognition tools play a bigger role in fighting crime, inbuilt racial biases raise troubling questions about the systems that create them<p>“You good?” a man asked two narcotics detectives late in the summer of 2015.<p>The detectives had just finished an undercover drug deal in Brentwood, a …

Artificial Intelligence

Vincent Scully, 97, Influential Architecture Historian, Dies

Vincent Scully, the Yale art historian whose lectures inspired students for more than 60 years and whose writings on architecture had a decisive influence on its practice in the last half of the 20th century, died on Thursday night at his home in Lynchburg, Va. He was 97.<p>Yale University announced …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error

The notorious 404 error, “Not Found,” is often, not totally erroneously, referred to as “the last page of the internet.” It’s an obligatory heads-up …

Senate Tax Revisions Mostly Favorable to Venture-Capital Firms

The Senate’s passage of a proposed overhaul to the U.S. tax code caps a period of uncertainty for the tech industry, spurring a sigh of relief from venture-capital investors.<p>In the months leading up to the landmark bill, Silicon Valley was rife with uncertainty over how new provisions would treat …

Venture Capital

A Silicon Valley startup is quietly taking over U.S. classrooms

Silicon Valley is determined to improve education by infusing it with technology. Its latest example is Kiddom, whose personalized learning software …

Silicon Valley

The Doyenne of DNA Says: Just Chillax With Your Ex

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In 2007, Anne Wojcicki, then 33, lassoed the moon.<p>She was getting her new company, 23andMe, a mail-order genetics testing firm, off the ground with her “Party ’til you spit” celebrity get-togethers.<p>She married Sergey Brin, the cute co-founder of Google, also 33 and already …

Silicon Valley

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

A decade ago I bought my first smartphone, a clunky little BlackBerry 8830 that came in a sleek black leather sheath. I loved that phone. I loved the way it effortlessly slid in and out of its case, loved the soft purr it emitted when an email came in, loved the silent <i>whoosh</i> of its trackball as I …

Pew Research Center

A Tax Tweak for Silicon Valley Workers Awaiting IPOs

There's a good reason venture capitalists and startups prefer to pay in stock options. The Senate tax proposal could change that.<p>The Senate's tax proposal would disrupt the disrupters: By taxing stock options at the time of vesting, rather than when they're exercised, the change would push startups …

Venture Capital

America's retail apocalypse is really just beginning

The so-called retail apocalypse has become so ingrained in the U.S. that it now has the distinction of its own Wikipedia entry.<p>The industry’s …