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How a Toronto professor’s research revolutionized artificial intelligence

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Three summers ago, at the age of 64, Geoffrey Hinton left his home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood to become an intern at …

Artificial Intelligence

The Traits of Socially Innovative Companies

In this article adapted from their new book, Jerry Davis and Chris White explore what makes some companies more fertile for social innovation — that is, the ongoing (rather than one-off) initiatives that have positive social impact while promoting the core mission of a business. While there are

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Google is Your Homepage


Your homepage is not "". Your homepage is how you show up in a Google search result (like it or not).

Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, the biggest antitrust battle in a decade with Google highlights a really important point: Like it or not, Google is your


The Fair Hiring Project makes recruitment inclusive from the start

An interesting new initiative is “The Fair Hiring Project”.
The Fair Hiring Project, founded by Olivier Vidal, supports applicants during the …


HR Analytics, Conference and Workshops (Oslo, June 3 and 4)

Tom Haak of the HR Trend Institute will be present at “HR Analyser 2015″, organized by HR Norge.
On June 3, 2015, Tom Haak and Dirk Jonker (Crunchr) …


HR needs Change Agents!

During the last weeks I reviewed and discussed various plans of HR teams in sizable organizations. Always good and stimulating discussions. There is …


The Agony and Ecstasy of Building with Data

Ah, Data. And of course, Data’s best friend, A/B Test.Continue reading on Medium »


Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to employees: Embrace self-management or leave by the end of the month

The online shoe-seller Zappos has been experimenting with a self-management organizational structure known as Holacracy for nearly two years.

But on April 30 the company plans to be fully manager-free, according to a company-wide memo CEO Tony Hsieh emailed late last month.

"Having one foot in one …

Tony Hsieh

Hacking Company Culture

I love hackathons. That’s why for 7 years I organized nearly 40 hackathons at Facebook. At first, I simply did it because I loved the energy of all …


7 Mind-Blowing Ways Virtual Technology Will Change Your World


The distinction between what is real and what is fake is blurring and will forever change how you work.

Relationships drive business, and there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions. Videoconference capability was supposed to change this, but has never become an equal …

Technological Change

The Apple Watch is a misunderstood bridge to the future

The first Apple Watch reviews came out this week, and they weren't great.

Reviewers did praise the design and the way it lets you leave your phone in your pocket more, and blogger John Gruber had a great non-cynical take on the "taptic" communications, which lets you send little taps and a …

The Future

Why Collaboration Wins Over Competition (Infographic)


Even the world's most iconic CEOs didn't achieve success on their own.

While we often focus on figures like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as the lone geniuses behind wildly successful companies, the truth is their skills were bolstered by the teams of talented people working for them. Gates …


Should we let robots kill on their own?

Next week, from April 13th to April 17th, the second multilateral meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems is taking place at the United Nations in Geneva. At the meeting, AJung Moon, an executive member and co-founder of the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi), a think tank that aims to foster …


8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas


When Machines Replace Middle Management

In 1964, Isaac Asimov, wrote about a visit to the World’s Fair of 2014:

“The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders.”

According to Carl Benedict Frey and …

Artificial Intelligence

The full-stack employee

Nearly two years after I left Google, I’m starting to understand what’s going on in the professional sphere. The conventional seams between …


The Future for Labour Is Self-Employment

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been ambivalent about technological progress. While new technology has been a major source of …


How It Works: Growing A Biological Drone To Explore Mars

Why ship hardware to space when we can just culture it on arrival?

NASA is working on a prototype drone that will be able to survey Mars from a modest altitude. But what if instead of shipping a drone to Mars, we could just ship small vials of cells, and use them to grow a biodegradable drone on the …


Using Big Data And Machine Learning To Enrich Customer Experiences

We are in a time of unprecedented flux in consumer behavior, customer expectations and company business models created by technologies that simultaneously disrupts established businesses and spawns new ones. The genesis is the symbiotic interaction of three seminal tech-enabled developments: mobile

Machine Learning

JPMorgan Algorithm Knows You’re a Rogue Employee Before You Do

Wall Street traders are already threatened by computers that can do their jobs faster and cheaper. Now the humans of finance have something else to …


The Benefits of Unplugging as a Team

When turnaround legend Lou Gerstner took the helm at IBM in 1993, one of his boldest early actions was startlingly simple. As the projector bulb warmed up for the ritualized theater of yet another senior management meeting, Gerstner walked to the front of the room, turned off the machine and said, …


The World's Largest Drone Company Unveils Newest Product DJI Phantom 3

While Amazon builds drones for deliveries, DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones, is honed in on bringing professional quality aerial photography to the masses.

The Shenzhen-based drone manufacturer today unveiled the Phantom 3, the latest ready-to-fly unmanned aerial vehicle to …


Independent workers: more engaged than you may think

Most organizations today employ a number of independent workers (or contractors, freelancers, or consultants). One of the main reasons companies use …


Predictive Analytics And Novel Visualization Draw Customers To 'Must Have' Data

Anand Sanwal, CEO and Co-Founder of the data analytics company CB Insights tells the entrepreneur’s classic back story in a recent interview about what inspired him to co-found his company: he was in pain doing his job. “I used to work in American Express in their corporate ventures/M&A team. We …

Business Intelligence

Google HR boss shares the company's 4 rules for hiring exceptional employees

Google receives more than two million job applications from around the world each year, hiring several thousand of those candidates.

It takes an average of six weeks to secure a hire, and every candidate needs to be screened by their potential boss, potential colleagues, a hiring committee, and …


Why You Are Most Likely To Get Hired On A Tuesday

A recent survey of more than 270,000 job postings reveals that boosting your chance of getting hired comes down to a precise hour.

Right now there are nearly 5 million jobs in the U.S. that need to be filled, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, yet only about 2% of candidates will ever get …


NASA-funded program will use SPIDER robots to build a home for mankind in SPACE

TETHERS UNLIMITED The system uses arachnid-like droids to construct large objects in orbit around the Earth

The futuristic new system – dubbed …