Enabling Desired Futures

By theLivingCore | Everything we create, in turn will shape us. That is why our aspiration is to proactively co-create a meaningful world.

What Zoo Design Reveals About Human Attitudes to Nature

Author Natascha Meuser describes zoo architecture as a “masquerade” that borrows from museums, prisons, and theaters.<p>This year, more than 181 million people in the U.S. will visit a zoo. Globally, in cities from London to Beijing to San Diego, zoos are major tourist attractions and beloved local …

Design Thinking

What is machine learning?

Machine-learning algorithms find and apply patterns in data. And they pretty much run the world.<p>Machine-learning algorithms are responsible for the …

Machine Learning

BBC World Service - The Why Factor, Why should we work together?

Open plan offices, hot-desking, group brainstorming sessions: collaboration seems to be king in the modern workplace. Recent studies have found that we are spending up to 80% of our working days either in meetings or dealing with requests from our colleagues. But is working together really the best …

I’ve been designing offices for decades. Here’s what I got wrong

Verda Alexander questions the cushy, amenity-laden offices that her interior design firm helped pioneer. The way forward, she argues, is to introduce a little friction into the workplace.<p>I’ve been trying to pinpoint the moment it all went wrong. Or maybe that’s too extreme—the moment it all got …

Design

A.I. Ethics Boards Should Be Based on Human Rights - OneZero

Tech companies should ensure their ethics boards are guided by universal human rights and resist bad faith arguments about diversity and free …

Human Rights

News Needs to Meet Its Audiences Where They Are

The Reuters Institute released its annual Digital News Report last week, and among its many findings a couple jump out.<p>One is that when it comes to …

Technology

Perception As Controlled Hallucination | Edge.org

Predictive Processing and the Nature of Conscious ExperienceA Conversation withAndy Clark[6.6.19]<i>Perception itself is a kind of controlled</i> …

Consciousness

MERCK Innovation Center: Free mind, space and innovation

In 2018, MERCK celebrated its 350th anniversary under the motto of "IMAGINE: Always curious – for the next 350 years". MERCK used this occasion to …

The mindfulness conspiracy

Mindfulness is being sold to executives as a way to de-stress, focus and bounce back from working 80-hour weeks<p>To change the world, we are told to work on ourselves – to change our minds by being more accepting of circumstances<p>Mindfulness has gone mainstream, with celebrity endorsement from Oprah …

Mindfulness

The Silent Meeting Manifesto v1

The Silent Meeting Manifesto v1: Making meeting suck a little less<p>I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to. I’m writing with the fervor of a …

A.I. Ethics Boards Should Be Based on Human Rights

<i>Co-authored with</i> <i>Brenda K Leong</i><p>Who should be on the ethics board of a tech company that’s in the business of artificial intelligence (A.I.)? Given the …

Human Rights

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

They call me the Master of Robots—or at least they should. I grab a flat package, hold its barcode under a red laser dot, and place it on a small …

What Adding Luxury Housing Does to Rents Elsewhere

Building more high-end apartments doesn’t sound like a quick fix for the affordable housing crisis. But maybe you just have to look harder.<p>There’s a fierce argument about housing affordability and supply that’s raging in the urbanist community. The big question: Does building “luxury” (or market …

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

It’s obvious that in 50 years the amount of data collected about us will be much, much larger than it is now. By the middle of the century, all of us …

The Cul-de-Sac of the Computational Metaphor | Edge.org

How did Turing come up with Turing computation? In his 1936 paper, he talks about a human computer. Interestingly, he uses the male pronoun, whereas …

Evolution Is Really Not That Into Sex - Issue 72: Quandary - Nautilus

What is sex for? When I regularly queried students at the beginning of my course in evolutionary biology, most responded that it was for reproducing. …

Building a Cathedral

“Cathedrals are unfinished. It is just the nature of the beast,” explains my tour guide. It is January, and we are walking down the soaring nave of …

Google launches new search engine to help scientists find the datasets they need

Google’s goal has always been to organize the world’s information, and its first target was the commercial web. Now, it wants to do the same for the scientific community with a new search engine for datasets.<p>The service, called Dataset Search, launches today, and will be a companion of sorts to …

Google AI

The Soul-Expanding Value of Difficulty - Brain Pickings - Pocket

<b>Rainer Maria Rilke</b>’s classic <b>Letters to a Young Poet</b> (<i>public library</i>) is among those very few texts — alongside Thoreau’s journal, Anne Lamott’s <i>Bird</i> …

Coworking: WeWork schreibt Verluste - WELT

Sie verfügt über 4,2 Millionen Quadratmeter Büroflächen in 95 Städten in 34 Ländern: The We Company ist derzeit der weltweit größte Anbieter von …

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future

Last year, I participated in a discussion of <i>The Human Use of Human Beings</i>, Norbert Weiner’s groundbreaking book on cybernetics theory. Out of that …

How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks

Medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating. And concentration was their lifelong work! Their tech was obviously different from ours. But their …

It’s Time for Tech Companies to Adopt a ‘Do No Harm’ Approach

<i>Co-authored with Carrie Barron, MD, and Nicco Mele</i><p>Transformational change cannot occur suddenly — and sudden changes rarely turn out to be …

The Future of Work is Creative, Flexible, And Human

Today, the most attractive and best places to work allow free-flowing ideas and career paths.<p>In the industrial age, businesses were built on strict …

9 Ideas That Summarise The Future of Work (And How You Can Prepare For it)

Work as we know it has changed.<p>Human progress is inevitable. And progress is impossible without change.<p>The industrial revolution required routine …

Exclusive: Adidas’s radical new shoe could change how the world buys sneakers

Futurecraft Loop is an experiment in the circular economy. For Adidas, it could be the beginning of a major shift in how it does business.<p>When it catches the light, the all-white shoe shimmers like a radioactive marshmallow. I know it will never look this pristine again. Not just because it will …

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

Pity the poor public-relations specialist hired to influence what is said about his clients on Wikipedia. The sprawling, chaotic storehouse of …

MBAs as CEOs: Some troubling evidence

Business schools like to boast about how many of their graduates have become CEOs—Harvard especially, since it has the most. But how do these people …