Robot ethics: Morals and the machine

(via Robot ethics: Morals and the machine | The Economist)

Xmas rules for proper iPhone conduct

Teenager Gets New iPhone For Christmas… Along With 18-Point Contract From Mom
Killian Bell,

Imag­ine your delight as a teenage boy who’s just unwrapped a shiny new iPhone for Christ­mas. It’s prob­a­bly your first smart­phone — maybe even your first cell­phone peri­od — and you can’t wait to turn it on and start play­ing with it. But bef…

Teenager Gets New iPhone For Christmas… Along With 18-Point Contract From Mom

Crowdsourcing app will measure the world for a week through smartphones

Crowdsourcing app will “measure the world” for a week through smartphones
Sean Gallagher,

If you’ve ever had trou­ble explain­ing the con­cept of “big data” to some­one—or had trou­ble wrap­ping your brain around the buzz­word your­self—Rick Smolan wants to help. But how do you demon­strate big data? It’s the some­what abstract,…

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Welcome | The Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Buckminster Fuller
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The End of Rational Economics

The End of Rational Economics – .

According to the latest issue of HBR in 2008,  Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve once hailed as “the greatest banker who ever lived,” confessed to Congress that he was “shocked” that the markets did not operate according to his lifelong expectations. He had “made a mistake in presuming that the self-interest of organizations, specifically banks and others, was such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders.” We are now painfully blinking awake to the falsity of standard economic theory—that human beings are capable of always making rational decisions and that markets and institutions, in the aggregate, are healthily self-regulating. If assumptions about the way things are supposed to work have failed us in the hyperrational world of Wall Street, what damage have they done in other institutions and organizations that are also made up of fallible, less-than-logical people? And where do corporate managers, schooled in rational assumptions but who run messy, often unpredictable businesses, go from here? We are finally beginning to understand that irrationality is the real invisible hand that drives human decision making.  Armed with the knowledge that human beings are motivated by cognitive biases of which they are largely unaware (a true invisible hand if there ever was one), businesses can start to better defend against foolishness and waste. The emerging field of behavioral economics offers a radically different view of how people and organizations operate.

‘Experimental Man’ tests modern medicine: David Ewing Duncan

Personalised Medicine
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‘Experimental Man’ tests modern medicine – The Boston Globe.




Evolutionary curveball for curvy

A phylogenetic tree of living things.
A phylogenetic tree of living things. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Evolutionary curveball for curvy? – The Boston Globe.

Current issue of Current Anthropology links body shape, assertiveness and economic viability in recession.

How to Get a Customer Service Human
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