“I believe my greatest service to honest men is to warn them against the imbeciles and bastards who cynically exploit their deepest fears.”
– Georges Bernanos
The wisdom of Malcolm Gladwell
Fortune: Silicon Valley and Disruption of The Trump Village
Being smart creates a challenge for all governments. Many government services are rightly (at times) a monopoly. To be smart means providing the community with the data from resources and letting them make a choice on how best to use that resource. Rather than providing broad, comprehensive information, citizens are coming to expect a two-way conversation and information to be tailored to their individual circumstances.
Technology alone doesn’t make a smart city. Digital advances have enabled people to be empowered and realise community benefit, but government’s stewardship role is as critical as ever
You Don’t Need Big Data — You Need the Right Data
Masses of social, weather, and government data are being leveraged to predict supply chain outages. Enormous amounts of user data are being harnessed at scale to identify individuals among a sea of website clicks. And companies are even starting to leverage huge quantities of text exchanges to build algorithms capable of having conversations with customers It is not about Big or Small
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National Geographic’s nature photographs
The traditional focus of policymakers on academic achievement as a marker of people’s talents can cause them to miss the importance of non-cognitive skills, also called character skills. There is now growing evidence that these skills – which include things like conscientiousness, motivation, and creativity – predict an array of important life outcomes in areas like employment, earnings, and health. They can even contribute to academic performance above and beyond the effects of cognitive skills
Morava River's Freud and the (Un)happiness Industry
Part of that rallying cry is powered by people using social MEdia Dragons to share what’s making them excited, frustrated, and anything in between. Consider city residents who commute to work by train. If the train breaks down, passengers can use social media to give attention to the issue at hand and vendors can tap into those conversations Tand send a mechanic out immediately to try to fix the problem It takes a village to make a smart city
Bathrooooom Quote: “What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!”Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?” (Nietzsche, The Gay Science)
Quartz: “The techniques of propagandists work for good reason. Studies show that the more often we hear a statement, the more likely we are to believe it is true—regardless of the underlying facts.Tom Stafford, a professor of psychology and cognitive science at the University of Sheffield and author of For argument’s sake: Evidence that reason can change minds, wrote in the BBC that the “illusion of truth” is created from frequently hearing a statement repeated. Stafford points to a 2015 Vanderbilt University study showing that this illusion works even when the person hearing the statement is aware of a contradictory fact.”
Hong Kong money laundering and terrorism financing reports hit record high SCMP
Shakespeare dramatized conflicts between fictional characters. One may marvel at his genius, his characters and his stories, but we must keep in mind that his was a fictional world inhabited by fictional beings.
Shakespeare certainly knew the difference. When he bade adieu to the theatre in The Tempest, he had Prospero speak these great lines:
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Australian Taxation Office is fuming after cyber-criminals ruined the finale of Tax Time 2016 with an attack on the government's web portal myGov.
The troubled myGov portal, which handles traffic to most federal government customer service sites, had to be taken offline on Monday as it came under the same sort of attack as the one that took down the census in August.
ATO fumes after cyber criminals attack myGov portal during last days of Tax Time 2016
Hamlet was fortunate not to be an employment lawyer or human resources professional. Following a recent Queensland case, the question of whether or not to investigate employee misconduct is more vexed than ever. Public and private sector employers now find themselves walking a tightrope where a misstep in either direction can lead to litigation and liability.
Allegations in the workplace: to investigate or not to investigate?