Spencer Wyckoff

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When data becomes dangerous: Why Elon Musk is right and wrong about AI

Elon Musk is apparently worried about humans becoming subservient to artificially intelligent computers. I think the notion is a bit absurd. I’d …

Raytheon's $70,000 magic bullet

Smart bombs. Laser-guided missiles. Actual laser guns.<p>The weapons that America's defense contractors churn out often seem like the stuff of science fiction. The platforms that deploy them, too, sound unfailingly high-tech: "fifth-generation" fighter jets, "drone" aircraft, and "stealth" warships. …

5 Signs You're Maximizing Your Potential

The field of psychology states clearly that it's our nature to want to maximize our potential, so how do you know if you are?<p>We live in a culture of achievement and success. And we generally use only one measure of reaching it--financial. Financial success, however, doesn't necessarily correlate to …

Bored at Work? Good

Studies show that in moderate doses boredom actually has a big upside.<p>These days there are more options than ever to avoid ever feeling truly bored. Got five minutes to spare? Whip out your phone for some gaming or trawl through Twitter. Have a bit more time? Thanks to the wonders of tech you can …

The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative

Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, believes that messier office spaces spur creativity. Here's the evidence.<p>There's a general assumption--in homes, in workplaces--that neatness corresponds to productivity.<p>It begins in …

4 Steps to Regaining Your Focus

To say entrepreneurship is like a rollercoaster may be cliché, but that doesn't mean it's not true. See how the founder of IWearYourShirt recovered his entrepreneurial spirit.<p>One of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life happened on stage at a small conference called Misfit Con in …

How I Turned My Bicycle Into a $4.6 Million Business

It all started with a Trek mountain bike. Now, Phil Dumontet's company, Dashed, delivers food orders for more than 500 restaurants.<p><i>Phil Dumontet started Dashed, a Boston-based food-delivery service, with nothing more than two wheels and a plastic food container. Today, the 26-year-old CEO has</i> …

4 Steps to Stop Soul-Sucking Meetings

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Meetings are a corporate oxymoron: an essential practice that generates groundbreaking ideas but also sucks the life out of a workforce. Employees waste away in conference rooms trying to pay attention to others give languorous …

Employment

Border Patrol Agent: 'Backdoor Amnesty' Directed by DHS

On Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show<i>,</i>”Gabe Pacheco, a Border Patrol agent in Southern California and spokesman of National Border Patrol Council Local …

There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve been asked many times to lay out my magic formula for building a successful small or medium-sized business. I usually respond by saying there's no magic, only hard work and experience.<p>While this is certainly true, the success of a …

Small Business

Apple 180: The iWatch Is At The Center Of A Whirlwind 6 Months For Cook And Company

Earlier this month, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company made a series of announcements that many considered an “about face” from prior practice. In some fundamental ways, Apple has opened up its mobile operating system to more customization and modification than at any time in …