Photo Album Bitcoin's Real Revolution Isn't Hard Money, It's Economic Panarchy Diversity – Zacqary Adam Green The earth-shattering thing about bitcoin isn’t its fixed money supply. It’s not the carefully tuned algorithm that keeps its growth at a steady rate, or the inability of a political body to play with its value. Gold and silver have coexisted with governments and nation-states for thousands of years. In fact, you could argue that “non-political economy” is an oxymoron. You could say that this observation doesn’t challenge the neoclassical economic theory of money very much at all. I like the way David Graeber puts it in Debt: [Money] is not a “thing” at all. Brett Scott expands on this: Perhaps we can tinker with the word ‘money’ itself. So money is just a way of measuring who owes what: you give me something or do something for me, and now I owe you something equally valuable in return. But wait just a minute. Bitcoin’s real contribution to the world is its source code. There is no perfect monetary system for every situation.
From Publishing To Piracy Infopolicy – Anna Troberg I never intended to become a politician. I most certainly never intended to become a party leader. However, life rarely turns out the way you expect it to. Literary finesse was not an asset that was appreciated. Later, after I quit my job at the publishing house, I wrote a novel and got the opportunity to see the publishing business from an author’s perspective. Around this time two things happened. In the real world, outside of the publishing bubble, people started to discuss personal integrity. Regarding the pirate issue, I did not lack ideas about what to do. I had heard quite a bit about pirates, so I expected an army of angry pirates boarding my blog, but I was gravely disappointed. I am a well mannered girl who finds it hard to be rude to nice people that want to talk to me, so I started talking to the pirates. After a week or so, I realised that when I talked to anti pirates, they did not give me any answers.
Lewin's Leadership Styles: The Three Major Leadership Styles By Kendra Cherry Updated December 03, 2015. A leadership style refers to a leader's characteristic behaviors when directing, motivating, guiding and managing groups of people. Great leaders can inspire political movements and social change. They can also motivate others to perform, create and innovate. As you start to consider some of the people who you think of as great leaders, you can immediately see that there are often vast differences in how each person leads. Fortunately, researchers have developed a number of different theories and frameworks that allow us to better identify and understand these different leadership styles. The following are just a few of the most prominent leadership frameworks and styles that have been identified. Lewin's Leadership Styles In 1939, a group of researchers led by psychologist Kurt Lewin set out to identify different styles of leadership. continue reading below our video Play Video Let's take a closer look at the three styles Lewin identified: References:
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How Technology Is Destroying Jobs Given his calm and reasoned academic demeanor, it is easy to miss just how provocative Erik Brynjolfsson’s contention really is. Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. Even more ominous for workers, the MIT academics foresee dismal prospects for many types of jobs as these powerful new technologies are increasingly adopted not only in manufacturing, clerical, and retail work but in professions such as law, financial services, education, and medicine. That robots, automation, and software can replace people might seem obvious to anyone who’s worked in automotive manufacturing or as a travel agent. Brynjolfsson and McAfee are not Luddites. New Economy? Dr. Digital Losers
Have You Hugged a Concrete Pillar Today? The car I drive to work is made of around 2,600 pounds of steel, 800 pounds of plastic, and 400 pounds of light metal alloys. The trip from my house to the office is roughly four miles long, all surface streets, which means I travel over some 15,000 tons of concrete each morning. Once I’m at the office, I usually open a can of Diet Coke. Over the course of the day I might drink three or four. I got to thinking about all this after reading Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, by my favorite author, the historian Vaclav Smil. This isn’t just idle curiosity. I had already read Smil’s books on energy and diet. Smil excels at answering big questions like these. He argues that the most important man-made material is concrete, both in terms of the amount we produce each year and the total mass we’ve laid down. You can also see the importance of concrete in the graphic below, which illustrates what Smil calls the most staggering statistic in his book:
Design for interruption We used to design for the web. At first, this was just electronic print, but we realized it should be interactive; then personalized. Today, more people access the world through mobile devices. “Mobile first!” Not so fast. This is the trend we see with Siri, as well as Google Now and Field Trip. Techstars’ Brad Feld nailed this in a March, 2010 post entitled Email is still the best login, and Fred Wilson calls email social media’s secret weapon. But do it too often, or for unimportant reasons, and you’re the app that cried wolf. Saying “mobile first” is wrong. Mobile isn’t the point. We don’t call interruption an interface, really. Ask yourself: how often do you say, “I should go on Facebook”? Stop worrying about taps, screens, or swipes. Sidenote: My co-author Ben Yoskovitz and I have been writing about this stuff, and how to measure it, in our forthcoming book, Lean Analytics.
Marissa Mayer's 9 Principles of Innovation "There are two different types of programmers. Some like to code for months or even years, and hope they will have built the perfect product. That's castle building. Companies work this way, too. Apple is great at it. If you get it right and you've built just the perfect thing, you get this worldwide 'Wow!' I tell them, 'The Googly thing is to launch it early on Google Labs and then iterate, learning what the market wants--and making it great.' "We have this great internal list where people post new ideas and everyone can go on and see them. "Since around 2000, we let engineers spend 20% of their time working on whatever they want, and we trust that they'll build interesting things. "Eric [Schmidt, CEO] made this observation to me once, which I think is accurate: Any project that is good enough to make it to Labs probably has a kernel of something interesting in there somewhere, even if the market doesn't respond to it. "I used to call this 'Users, Not Money.'
The Science of Great UI Driving to the airport, I stop to fill my car with fuel. I look at the pump and see the buttons shown in Figure 1. On the left button, the word Regular has been all but destroyed by people pushing it repeatedly in hopes of getting a response. I, too, push that big yellow Regular button for a while until I spot the relatively tiny Push Here button below, which has apparently been deemed insufficient by the masses. I park the car, walk to the bus that will take me to the airport terminal, and on the way see the well-worn path that Figure 2 shows. Like the thousands of travelers who have come before me, I forgo the paved sidewalk in favor of the path of greatest efficiency. Inside the airport, I step into an elevator and saw the three buttons to select a destination, labeled CONCOURSE, RAMP, and TRAIN. The world is filled with evidence that people prefer to move and think efficiently. But how can we get it right? Why Bother? Is UI Subjective? Physical motion is easy to measure. Proximity.