Philip Thomas

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Sidewalk Labs' Bid to Reinvent Toronto Starts With Shape-Shifting Streets

The hexagonal slices of wood don’t look like much. There’s the shape, sort of interesting in its architectural way, and the neutral wood color. A few …

Urbanism

Emptiness as the fundamental principle of Design Thinking

The purpose of this article is to discuss <b>Emptiness</b>, as the profound principle of Design Thinking — a popular method allowing humankind to solve …

Spirituality

The Latest Research: AI and Machine Learning

This tool is intended for individual use only.<p>Publication Date: <b>July 11, 2018</b><p>Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning may soon drive a massive reshaping of the economy and society. But what impact is AI already making in the workplace? Is it living up to the hype? And what should your …

Machine Learning

Bill Gates offers a simple explanation for why the economy works differently now

Bill Gates believes the rules of supply and demand are changing faster than people and governments are adapting. We live in a world where an increasing number of products are “intangibles,” or products you can’t touch–like software and other digital content.<p>This kind of product is very different …

Bill Gates

Sidewalk Labs

About Sidewalk<p>Sidewalk Labs is designing a district in Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront to tackle the challenges of urban growth, working in partnership …

Electric Banatti Green Falcon made of bamboo

Electric motorcycles provide designers with a whole new set of possibilities such including different materials such as this Phillipines-made Banatti …

Electric Bikes

Sanders Says Socialism VS. Capitalism Debate 'To Big A Deal'

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-VT) appeared on <i>CBS This Morning</i> where co-host John Dickerson asked Sanders about the Socialism vs. Capitalism debate.<p>"The …

Middle-class

This Google manager shares his secrets for building an effective team

Matt Sakaguchi is a site reliability manager at Google. Learn why he believes that a team of all stars doesn’t always lead to an all-star team.<p><b>Massey Morris:</b> In the early stages of your career, you worked on a SWAT team. How did this experience build a foundation for your understanding of effective …

Leadership

Whether a Husband Identifies as a Breadwinner Depends on Whether He Respects His Wife’s Career — Not on How Much She Earns

Professional careers are notorious for demanding that people be single-mindedly devoted to work. It’s a demand that is often especially acute for men, who face rigid expectations that being a successful man requires having a successful career, and that “success” means power and money.<p>Men have …

Career Development

What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it’s poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the …

Machine Learning

The Price of Happiness in Cities

Recent research suggests that urban dwellers are significantly less likely to be happy than their suburban or rural counterparts.<p>Where we choose to live is arguably the most important decision we’ll ever make. But current research is conflicted as to what makes us happier: urban or suburban life. A …

This new laboratory will explore how people can truly flourish at work

Inspired by the legendary Bell Labs, BetterUp’s new initiative puts pure research first, commerce second.<p>When a team of chemists, circuitry experts, and metallurgists at Bell Labs began in the 1940s to experiment with solid-state electronics, they weren’t oblivious to the need to translate their …

Employment

Why Recycling Doesn’t Work

Most Canadians know the ritual: check the pickup schedule, sort the waste items, clean the jars, make sure the junk mail isn’t stained with coffee …

Sustainability

Why Bill Gates Is Reading “Capitalism Without Capital”

The tech-mogul-turned philanthropist has just published a review of a dense 2017 book on how “intangible assets”–things like software and data–are changing the economy.<p>Mid-2018 might seem like a strange time for Bill Gates to review a largely academic book that came out in late 2017. But as Gates …

Bill Gates

How cities trick you into better behaviour

What behavioural scientists are doing to improve urban living.<p>“Do you see the sets of traffic lights on either side?” says Anand Damani, pointing out a chaotic four-way junction from the balcony of his Mumbai apartment. Cars have stopped, blocking the pedestrian crossing. Both pedestrians and cars …

Behavioral Sciences

What’s the Purpose of Companies in the Age of AI?

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer technology are causing us to think again about some really basic questions: what is a firm? What can firms do better than markets? And what are the distinctive qualities of firms in a world of smart contracts and AI?<p>While there has been a …

Artificial Intelligence

Future - 12 new tech terms you need to understand the future

Emerging Technology

New Supply Chain Jobs Are Emerging as AI Takes Hold

Companies are cutting supply chain complexity and accelerating responsiveness using the tools of artificial intelligence. Through AI, machine learning, robotics, and advanced analytics, firms are augmenting knowledge-intensive areas such as supply chain planning, customer order management, and …

Artificial Intelligence

The Workplace is Your Key Recruiting Tool | Dialogue 31

The Workplace

Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics, updated for the drone age

Drones are coming. Here are three principles for incorporating drones into public life ethically.<p>Even the word “drone” is a tough sell. A continuous humming noise. Monotonous speech. A remote-controlled aircraft or missile. With definitions spanning bees and bombs, it’s understandable why the …

Isaac Asimov

This is how tiny changes in words you hear impacts your thinking

In a fascinating look at language, a Professor George Lakoff lays out how political parties can sway supporters with tiny tweaks in word choice.<p>In 1973, America watched as then President Richard Nixon vehemently declared on national television, “I am not a crook” in regards to the Watergate scandal.<p>…

Framing

I finally achieved inbox zero, and it totally changed how I work

“One day I did something drastic. I deleted or moved all 457 of the messages that were sitting in my inbox. It was liberating.”<p>The average person sends and receives about 235 emails a day and spends between 2.5 and 4.1 hours a day in their inboxes, depending on which study you believe. Either way, …

Productivity

5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload

Do your to-do lists stretch on and on — and on? Do you dread checking email on Friday afternoons, worried about seeing messages piling up when you’re just trying to get out the door? Or maybe you’ve noticed that anxiety is preventing you from concentrating on whatever you’re currently doing. You …

Self-help

Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good Follower

There is no shortage of advice for those who aspire to be effective leaders. One piece of advice may be particularly enticing: if you want to be a successful leader, ensure that you are <i>seen as</i> <i>a leader</i> and not a follower. To do this, goes the usual advice, you should seek out opportunities to lead, …

Leadership

We’ve been structuring brainstorm sessions all wrong

The traditional framework for brainstorms involves identifying a problem, listing solutions within a set of parameters, and then choosing the best.<p>But research on creativity and innovation suggests that truly innovative solutions result not from searching for a “correct answer,” but from the …

Design

Everyone claims they are following “agile methods” but few actually do

When we talk with managers who are undertaking ambitious digital projects, we ask them if they are using agile methods. Many of them will say “yes, we’ve adopted agile already.” You’d think that would be an encouraging sign: when practiced well, agile methods can create exceptionally valuable and …

Project Management

Magical thinking about machine learning won’t bring the reality of AI any closer | John Naughton

”Any sufficiently advanced technology,” wrote the sci-fi eminence grise Arthur C Clarke, “is indistinguishable from magic.” This quotation, endlessly recycled by tech boosters, is possibly the most pernicious utterance Clarke ever made because it encourages hypnotised wonderment and disables our …

Machine Learning

Harvard Business Review - Ideas and Advice for Leaders

Management

Design Thinking 102

<b>Summary:</b> Get started with Design Thinking by practicing empathy in manageable, small yet effective, ways.<p>Related Article: Design Thinking 101<p>What is …

Design

A new study compared formal and informal communication at work and the results aren't fun

For decades now, the trend in business is toward informality. We refer to bosses by their first names, casual Friday is also observed Monday through Thursday, and rigid rows of cubicles have been replaced by laptop-using workers sprawling on couches.<p>That drift has taken place in communication style …

Research