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Artificial intelligence: The machines with alien minds

Our smartest machines look nothing like we predicted – has the field lost its way, or do we need to rethink what AI actually means, asks Tom Chatfield.<p>Would modern artificial intelligence live up to the dreams of the field’s founders? Perhaps not. But in many ways, the smartest machines we have …

Wynne stakes Ontario Liberals' fortunes on pledge for new pension plan by spring

Kathleen Wynne is ready to fight an election on a new Ontario pension plan, putting her political future on the line over an ambitious bid to ramp up retirement benefits.<p>In her first comments since the federal government shot down an attempt to enhance the Canada Pension Plan earlier this week, Ms. …

Tips for managers to make performance reviews count

The end of the year to-do list can seem never ending. Organizations speed up operations to maximize fourth-quarter results and meet year-end targets, all while planning for the next year.<p>And if leaders were not busy enough, many cram in employee performance reviews, too.<p>Notice the hierarchy of the …

When It’s Hard to Celebrate Your Colleague’s Success

How do you feel when one of your sales colleagues closes a big deal? Or when a fellow manager is recognized for leading one of the best projects in the company? Or when a co-worker is selected for a special assignment or training program?<p>The politically correct answer is that we’re supposed to feel …

Change Your Company with Better HR Analytics

You’re probably a little tired of hearing about Big Data. While you would expect online giants like Amazon and companies like Netflix to be early innovators in the use of data to recommend products or movies, you only care about the answer to one question: <b>what does big data mean for the everyday</b> …

We Can Now Automate Hiring. Is that Good?

One of the things that is different since the recession is the approach that most companies are taking to hiring—where virtually everything about the process is automated or outsourced. As with all major trends, this one has been underway for a while, but it has been given a push by five years of …

Increase the Odds of Your Start-Up’s Success

While traveling between India and the U.S. these past few months, I spent some of the long hours in the air looking back at my professional life and the lessons I learned along the way. Each phase of my career offered different challenges, successes, and lessons, but my most exhilarating moments …

New Research: Rituals Make Us Value Things More

Rituals in the workplace can reinforce the behaviors we want, create focus and a sense of belonging, and make change stick. I have gone on and on in the past about the benefits of established rituals and routines for personal productivity – how they capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our …

Five Signs that Your Mentor Is Giving You Bad Advice

Not long ago, I attended the “Forever Green Leadership Gala” in Menlo Park, a fundraiser for The Girl Scouts of Northern California. The event honored two women with impressive accomplishments: Noosheen Hashemi, who earlier in her career spent a decade at Oracle and was instrumental in its 1991 …

Executives Ignore Valuable Employee Actions that They Can’t Measure

Does better data mean better employee performance and organizational outcomes? That’s the implication of the current emphasis on big data and the use of metrics in HR, but the answer isn’t an easy “yes.”<p>To see what I mean, consider your local schools. When teachers are evaluated and paid on the …

Twitter basics for your job search

In 2006, Twitter took the world by storm and is now one of the most visited sites on the web with over 500 million users. People love Twitter for many reasons, but few know that it can be a very effective job-search tool. That "undiscovered territory" is what makes Twitter such a successful …

Shortcut on How to Turn Off the Flashlight in iOS 7

A user on Reddit discovered a cool trick if you are using an iPhone on iOS 7. If your flashlight is turned on and the phone is asleep, you can wake …

Google Glass Update Lets You Take Pictures By Winking

Google just released their latest software update to the Google Glass Explorer community. Since its initial launch, Google has been consistently …

How artificial intelligence is shaping the future of Facebook

Earnings calls are usually meant to do little more than reassure investors — but in Facebook's most recent call, the day before Halloween, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled something unexpected. Facebook had formed an Artificial Intelligence group, Zuckerberg announced, and the company was acquiring a …

Not much has changed for today's working girls

"You don't get anything you want in this world by waiting for it to come to you; you make it happen."<p>The simple wisdom of that line still makes me smile. But I didn't pull it from a post on Forbes, LinkedIn or the Harvard Business Review blog. It's from the 1980s romantic comedy <i>Working Girl,</i> which …

NSA bulk phone record collection violates U.S. Constitution: judge

In the first ruling of its kind, a U.S. federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone …

Why resilience is a crucial workplace skill

It is pretty straightforward for companies to evaluate the skills and experience that a new employee will bring to his or her job. But it is much harder to assess that person's attitude and approach to work, and predict how they will react when they face challenges. These personal traits and …

Why you must plan to be at ease

As each year edges into the next one, Toronto-based career coach Eileen Chadnick reflects on where she is headed. From that deliberation, she picks a word that will help her to focus in the coming year. For 2012, she chose well-being. For 2013, ease was her motivator.<p>Ease is a lovely word, …

Top business books of 2013

The best business book of the year echoes the work of powerhouse author Jim Collins (<i>Good to Great</i>), although it lacked the same buzz. But it went one better than Mr. Collins, boiling down success to just three rules. And, oh yeah, like Mr. Collins's work, it turns some of our cherished management …

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A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

On the Red Couch with Author and Physician Deepak Chopra

Inside Flipboard / December 5, 2013<p>It’s not every day that red couch interviewees respond to our questions with quotes like, “Healing is the return …

Geek deemed word of the year by the Collins online dictionary

Once a slur reserved for eggheads and an insult aimed at lovers of computer programming, geek has been deemed the word of the year by the Collins online dictionary.<p>Less brazen than selfie – which topped the Oxford Dictionaries poll last month – geek was chosen as a reminder of how an insult can be …

Why a leader says ‘Let’s go’

"A boss says 'Go!' A leader says 'Let's Go.'"<p>This well-known quote by author E.M. Kelly succinctly identifies the difference between boss and leader and it requires us to ask of ourselves: Which am I?<p>In the morning, when we look in the mirror, do we see a mentor, an enabler, a team builder, the …

Most executives not concerned by number of women in boardroom

Most Canadian executives aren't worried about the proportion of women on corporate boards and in executive ranks in Canada, despite the fact that many companies do not have even a single female director.<p>The latest C-Suite survey of business executives also shows that while there is scant …

Mining labour crunch: Are foreign workers the solution?

Glen Paul still remembers his first week on the job at a copper-gold mine in British Columbia's Interior — a position, he says, he landed three years …

CPP reform tops agenda as finance ministers meet

Canada's finance ministers begin two days of meetings today, and pension issues are expected to dominate the discussions.<p>Some provincial ministers have been pressing federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to take steps to boost the Canada Pension Plan to ensure seniors have adequate income.<p>Ontario …

How to demoralize your staff

<i>This is the latest news and information for workers and managers from across the Web universe, brought to you by Monday Morning Manager writer Harvey Schachter. Follow us on Twitter</i> @Globe_Careers <i>or join our</i> Linked In <i>group.</i><p>The three habits of highly effective demotivators, consultant Sally Helgesen …

Novelis sale to Reynolds could lead to job cuts

Canadian employees of the consumer products division of Novelis Inc. fear their jobs and the Alcan brand of aluminum foil that dominates Canada's store shelves will disappear in another blow from the globalization that has pulverized the country's manufacturing sector.<p>The worries have arisen …