How Technology is Compromising the Human Condition


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I see dead people. No, I see zombies. They walk aimlessly down the street and swerve into my lane on the highway. They’re not under the spell of a witch or voodoo overlord; they’re controlled by their smartphones.

I See Zombies Everywhere

Zombies have taken over planet Earth. As I walk past a gym, zombies (in workout clothes) exit. Arm extended, phone in palm, shoulders hunched forward. Forget about making eye contact. These zombies are focused on the latest text, tweet or email. They can’t be bothered by humans.

How Technology is Compromising the Human Condition image texting while driving11When a car swerves briefly into my lane, or when a driver is going 35 MPH in a 70 MPH zone, it’s invariably driven by a zombie: one hand on the wheel, the other holding a phone.

Eyes pointed straight down. Talented zombies use two phones, while steering the car with the backs of their hands.

Visit a restaurant these days…

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6 Rules to Simplify Work and Organizations

Simples rules to simplify work, office and organizations

Welcome to my 1st post on my first WordPress Blog, because sharing on Facebook simply isn’t enough to spread relevant content and ideas.

As for my first post, I wanna start BIG. ebe6dc533509fb045e77d0668a35ab8082375b5b 1600x12I’m starting with a TED Talk that I’ve watched today (one of my favorite intellectual/knowledge based inspiration and activity) with the title “As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify“, from the consultant Yves Morieux, researching how corporations can adapt to a modern and complex business landscape.

Yves here asks why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work, discussing how today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex, arguing that traditional pillars of management and HR are obsolete, adding that it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. Yves also offers six excellency rules for “smart simplicity”, at the same time he unravels corporations interplay, mobilizing rules from game theory and organizational sociology.

“Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help.”Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, The Leo Group CEO
You stop drawing boxes, dotted lines, full lines; you look at their interplay. It has a lot of implications on financial policies that we use. On human resource management practices. When you do that, you can manage complexity, the new complexity of business, without getting complicated.

You create more value with lower cost. You simultaneously improve performance and satisfaction at work because you have removed the common root cause that hinders both. Complicatedness: This is your battle, business leaders. The real battle is not against competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. (…)
The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness.”
Yves Morieux

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve liked it and found it interesting.

Best regards,
Pedro Calado

Making Sense of Big Data: Without It, Your Company’s Data Is Useless


Big data has become so big, it’s spread beyond the tech world. When 163-year-old publication New York Times hired a chief data scientist earlier this year, it became clear that even non-technical organizations were hopping on the big data train. To successfully predict what their customers want or how they might behave, companies that know how to mine big data — also know as companies who hire good data scientists — have the advantage.

To do their jobs effectively, data scientists must do a whole lotta dirty data work. The New York Times calls it “data janitor work.” In a recent article, NYT reported that data scientists spend from 50 percent to 80 percent of their time laboriously collecting and prepping data before it can be extracted into digestible insights.

“Data wrangling is a huge — and surprisingly so — part of the job,” Monica Rogati, VP for…

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