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Humanizing Work through Digital with the Workforce of the Future

Digital is about cold efficiency and doing away with the human touch. Right? Wrong. It’s the future of work. More democratic. Networked. Human.

The Future

The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs

Correction: February 22, 2015

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this interactive feature erroneously labeled “Printing machine operators” as “Teachers and counselors.”



Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Minnesota …

Middle Class

Owner of Gravity Payments, a Credit Card Processor, Is Setting a New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year

The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.

His idea bubbled into reality on Monday afternoon, when Mr. Price …

Minimum Wage

Millennial Survey 2015 | Deloitte | Social impact, Innovation

Findings from Deloitte's fourth annual Millennial Survey show that business, particularly in developed markets, will need to make significant changes …


Myers-Briggs – a useless ponzi scheme?

Myers-Briggs is a multi-million dollar business, with over 2 million people taking the ‘test’ every year. Yet it may well be a complete waste of …

How to Design for Virtual Reality — Backchannel — Medium

The Nintendo “Virtual Boy” was released in the United States in 1995 and discontinued in 1996 — making it the white whale of gaming tech in our …

Virtual Reality

How Power Is Shifting From Corporations To Platforms

An enterprise is no longer so much a collection of resources and capabilities as it is a set of platforms. Today, a product without connections is a …


What I learned from Dominique Turpin in 1991

In 1991 I was responsible for the development of a course for the product managers of Philips Consumer Electronics, the CE Product Management Course. …


Upping the Game: Using low cost gaming hardware to speed up analytics

My first experience of accelerating analytics using massively parallel High Performance Computing (HPC) hardware began in 1997 with my secondment to …

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

Costa Rica

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

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

How Artificial Intelligence Will Eliminate The Need For The Vast Majority Of Life Insurance Agents

All the professions are going to be reconfigured by artificial intelligence. The result will be fewer professionals and many of their roles “downgraded.”

Advances in artificial intelligence, also known as cognitive computing, are starting to cause a seismic shift in the professions. The eventual …

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

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, …