We have accepted ageing as an unavoidable fact of life. There are also those who believe that solving the problem of aging could be a bad thing; there are concerns that such a solution would contribute to overpopulation, or that the solution would only be available to the extremely wealthy.
But there are many who believe it is worth regarding the problem of ageing as potentially soluble, just like any other ailment.
In the field of medicine, most problems are solved by offering a cure rather than prevention. This approach, however, has major drawbacks.
For example, if someone has heart…
‘The Code’ by Margaret O’Mara
We’ve all heard the stories about Steve Jobs launching Apple from his garage, and Mark Zuckerberg tinkering on Facebook in his dorm room.
Stories like these make it sound like the digital revolution was powered by a few geniuses who were struck by divine inspiration. But the story is much more complicated — and more interesting — than that.
Some inventions were hatched in garages and dorm rooms, it’s true. But these startups only became the massive powerhouses they are today because of enormous amounts of institutional support and government funding.
And the technologies that…
Where did Silicon Valley get its name? It was coined by a journalist wanting to come up with something catchy, but it was inspired by what is perhaps still the most important invention to come out of that valley: the silicon chip.
Today, it’s hard to imagine that the earliest computers were the size of a room, and that engineers had to line up for a chance to input data on keycards, one by one. Computers were owned by major institutions and companies. The concept of having your own personal computer seemed completely unrealistic.
But that all changed, thanks to…
The internet is often described as being truly democratic, an “endless frontier” of knowledge and discovery. But these descriptions hide the fact that its origins are much darker: the development of electronic communications technology is tightly bound up with the development of nuclear weapons and other technology of modern warfare.
So how are they connected? Well, developing new technology is expensive, and requires vast resources in terms of infrastructure, money, and personnel. Those resources were made available for the creation of electronic communication devices because they were needed for war.
Silicon Valley has long been home to the military. In…
Something is clearly wrong with our eating habits. Today, diet-related diseases plague the Western world. More people suffer from type 2 diabetes, obesity and food allergies, not to mention many forms of cancer, than ever before.
But what exactly is wrong with how we’re eating — and what should we be doing instead? The diets of our ancestors provide a few answers.
They were generally much healthier than modern-day humans, so it’s no wonder that the last decade has witnessed a major uptick in caveman or paleo diets.
But to get a full picture we have to go back even…
Did you know that Japanese people eat an average of 300 fewer calories per capita than Americans? That sounds healthy, but is it worth following their example?
Actually, there are upsides and downsides to limiting your caloric intake. For instance, the Japanese live longer than Americans, but that’s not proof that their way is better.
Eating too few calories can deprive your brain of fuel and might cause you to lose focus. Not just that, but consuming too little protein for a period will cause muscle weakness.
So it’s a question of trade-offs. For instance, lots of animals, when going…
Climate change could turn some dog ticks into suckers for humans instead of canines.
At temperatures around 38° Celsius (100° Fahrenheit), some brown dog ticks were more attracted to people than to dogs, experiments show. The ticks can carry the pathogen that causes deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The finding suggests that a warmer climate could lead to greater spread of the disease from ticks to humans, researchers reported November 16 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
“We can expect more frequent and larger disease outbreaks of Rocky Mountain spotted fever when hot…
These are my lessons from by ‘Leadership by Algorithm: Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era?’ by David De Cremer
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the next big thing in the world of business. It’s already making inroads into the fields of data entry and recruitment, and its impact is set to grow exponentially in the coming years.
But with every advance in the field, leaders and employees alike raise fresh concerns. Will AI replace workers and render most employees redundant? Can algorithms really be trusted? …
There are some limits to what AI can do in the workplace. Even though it’s adept at managing, it can’t lead.
But there’s more to organizations than just leaders and managers; there are whole ranges of work we haven’t even touched on yet.
Take the financial sector. Bit by bit, banks are replacing their employees with AI, especially those whose tasks are mostly mechanical and calculative. Does that suggest that the advent of AI will make everyone below the level of leadership obsolete? Besides leading, is there anything else left for humans to do?
In fact, the more business operations…
In 2018, the tech giant Huawei arranged a surprising performance of Franz
Schubert’s Symphony no. 8.
Why was it surprising? Well, Schubert began the symphony almost 200 years ago, but he died after he completed its first two movements. Yet somehow, this orchestra managed to play four. That’s where Huawei came in; the company used AI technology to analyze Schubert’s style and predict what his missing movements might have sounded like!
Engineers fed the AI program 90 of the composer’s finished compositions, and let it analyze the two existing movements of Symphony no. 8. …