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Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex

Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex

怎样化杂为简 Tim Harford — Adapt When faced with complex problems, we have all become accustomed to looking to our leaders to set out a grand vision, experts to draw up a detailed plan of action, or gurus who can provide us with some infallible solution. In this groundbreaking book, Tim Harford shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinions; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt—improvise rather than plan, work from the bottom up rather than the top down, and take baby steps rather than great leaps forward. From a spaceport in the Mojave Desert, to the street battles of Iraq, to a blazing offshore drilling rig, to everyday decisions in our business and personal lives, this is a handbook for surviving—and prospering—in our complex and ever-shifting world. Adapt was a Bloomberg Business Book of the Year, 2011. Nature

Lost Signal: 7 Lessons from TV History The future of TV should be more attuned to time, not less. And as the set of available content grows, it becomes all the more important to be able to filter that content by recency. Other connected device experiences do not suffer this same lack of temporal awareness. We get timely weather, traffic, news, gossip, and sports information from phones, tablets, and computers every day. In fact, TV has done this once before. A new solution is required for a new generation of experiences, and this time around it must be even more comprehensive.

Europe Stifles Drivers in Favor of Mass Transit and Walking Christoph Bangert for The New York Times Pedestrians and trams are given priority treatment in Zurich. Tram operators can turn traffic lights in their favor as they approach, forcing cars to halt. More Photos » Cities including Vienna to Munich and Copenhagen have closed vast swaths of streets to car traffic. Likeminded cities welcome new shopping malls and apartment buildings but severely restrict the allowable number of parking spaces. “In the United States, there has been much more of a tendency to adapt cities to accommodate driving,” said Peder Jensen, head of the Energy and Transport Group at the European Environment Agency. To that end, the municipal Traffic Planning Department here in Zurich has been working overtime in recent years to torment drivers. Around Löwenplatz, one of Zurich’s busiest squares, cars are now banned on many blocks. As he stood watching a few cars inch through a mass of bicycles and pedestrians, the city’s chief traffic planner, Andy Fellmann, smiled.

Scaling of cities With urban population increasing dramatically worldwide, cities are playing an increasingly critical role in human societies and the sustainability of the planet. An obstacle to effective policy is the lack of meaningful urban metrics based on a quantitative understanding of cities. Typically, linear per capita indicators are used to characterize and rank cities. 1.15). Figures Citation: Bettencourt LMA, Lobo J, Strumsky D, West GB (2010) Urban Scaling and Its Deviations: Revealing the Structure of Wealth, Innovation and Crime across Cities. Editor: Juan A. Received: May 18, 2010; Accepted: September 16, 2010; Published: November 10, 2010 Copyright: © 2010 Bettencourt et al. Funding: This work was partially supported by a James S. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Introduction How rich, creative or safe can we expect a city to be? The use of per capita indicators assumes implicitly that, on average, specific urban characteristics, . Results .

Aberdeen - Simply Asset Management Ernest Hemingway a écrit une nouvelle en six mots : « À vendre : chaussures bébé. Jamais portées. » Il aurait dit qu’il s’agissait de sa meilleure œuvre. En voilà six parmi les meilleurs Anne Richards, directrice des investissements Avis d’héritage : un parachute. Alex Barr, directeur des investissements en capital-investissement Téléphone, larmes. conduire, étreindre. Jeremy Whitley, directeur des actions britanniques et européennes Vastes tourbières, chiens mouillés, feu crépitant. Piers Currie, directeur marque du Groupe Danse, rires, hôtel, clé, porte, fermer. Jennifer Love, directrice juridique conseillers, sous-traitants et fournisseurs Petit, grandit, succès, toujours là, youpi ! Stephanie Dunn - Directrice Marketing - Pan Europe Accès client, éclats de voix, lobby, perte.

The big music brain that knows what you like By Rob Walker, contributor Jim Lucchese, Brian Whitman, and Tristan Jehan at the Echo Nest's office FORTUNE -- It began with an argument. Tristan Jehan and Brian Whitman met as Ph.D. candidates at MIT's Media Lab. Starting in 2005, they set about creating a vast database, a music brain that, based on your interest in Kanye West, can suggest you check out rapper Drake. The Somerville, Mass., startup combines two types of cutting-edge technology: A computer program analyzes songs for their fundamental elements such as key and tempo. MORE: How Microsoft -- yes, Microsoft -- cracked online music CEO Jim Lucchese joined the company in 2007 to help market the idea to developers and businesses. Whitman (left) and Jehan It's not just the size of the database, of course. David Hyman, founder and CEO of online streaming service MOG, started working with Echo Nest in 2009 when his company launched a premium subscription option. MORE: Why the online music industry is a mess

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