All over the world, organizations encourage kooky activities unrelated to employees’ work.
I have attended workplace retreats where I learned beat-boxing and African drumming. I have heard about organizations that encourage employees to walk across hot coals, take military assault courses, and guide a raft down dangerous rapids. There are organizations that force their employees to stage a lingerie show, take part in a ‘bush-tucker trial’ by eating insects, and dress up in giant animal costumes to act out fairy tales.
My cynical fellow participant in the mandala-coloring workshop described it as ‘bullshit’. She had chosen her words wisely.
The philosopher Harry Frankfurt at Princeton University defined bullshit as talk that has no relationship to the truth. Lying covers up the truth, while bullshit is empty, and bears no relationship to the truth.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said this fall that there are only “a few thousands” of people capable of creating sophisticated machine-learning models. He has a team trying to make machine-learning software create machine-learning software, but it’s so far just a research project.
The expertise shortage upsets the usual dynamic of the cloud market, where Amazon, Google, and others mostly compete on price and technical features. “If you’re a random manufacturing company in the midwest you may have money, but it’s hard to attract a $250,000-a-year Stanford PhD to work for you,” says Diego Oppenheimer, whose Google-backed startup provides tools that help companies deploy machine-learning software.
Companies in that situation may be more swayed by an offer of help building AI, than pricing and performance, he says.
Employment policies tend to focus on unemployed people, but evidence indicates that many people who are economically inactive also have labor market potential.
This report examines groups within the inactive population that find it difficult to enter or re-enter the labor market and explores the reasons why. It maps the characteristics and living conditions of these groups, discusses their willingness to work and examines the barriers that prevent them from doing so.
The report also looks at strategies being implemented by Member States to promote the inclusion of those outside the labor market. It highlights that many inactive people would like to work in some capacity, particularly students and homemakers.
YONDR makes special pouches that keep audiences from using their phones at shows.
You silence your phone, slide it into the pouch, aYONDR makes special pouches that keep audiences from using their phones at shows. You silence your phone, slide it into the pouch, and lock it at the top. After the performance, or if access is necessary before then, you can unlock the case in the lobby by touching the lock to a metal base, similar to anti-theft tags on clothing.
Performers such as Dave Chappelle and Alicia Keys have used YONDR – whose motto is ‘Be here now’ – to curtail unsanctioned recordings and, when they look into the crowd, they see faces, not phones.
Once people cease to drive, what do they do? A new market will open up, called the “Passenger Economy,” a term coined by Intel® CEO Brian Krzanich.
Different applications, markets, and businesses can shoot out of this inflection point in how we carry out our lives. Consumer services such as entertainment, advertising, and personal or financial services might be carried out inside autonomous vehicles as people travel to work.
Intel’s Katherine (Kathy) Winter, Vice President and General Manager of the Automated Driving Division, deliberates a passenger economy and the new markets it will incite. “It’s probably the smaller piece right now, but mostly because we can’t imagine what it is yet,” she states. Winter suggests that this portion of the passenger economy would include “the new services that a person in an [autonomous] vehicle could be consuming; something [like] entertainment, education, advertising, things like that.”
Last month, Cucuyo, a mobile café, opened just outside of the Miami-based art museum as the first ever 3D printed structure of its size.
The café is made of 700-pounds of stainless steel and includes a front counter, back counter and door. The final assembled piece stands at 20 feet long, nine feet high and 12 feet wide with an advanced counter design, electrical configuration and plumbing inside of the structure.
Last Wednesday, Chicago broke ground on an elevated bike and pedestrian trail that will connect North Side neighborhoods to three parks and other recreational activities, according to a press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.
The 312 RiverRun path will be 16 feet wide so that cyclists, runners and others can use it at the same time, and 18 feet high to allow for boat traffic underneath. The city is touting the project as safe because it does not require users to cross major streets.
The project is supported by local, state and federal funding and is part of Emanuel’s goal of creating a city river trail system.
“Now people are worried that Trump won’t back down if someone pushes him into a war.”
But for those wanting membership in an underground community bunker built by Vivos Group — say, one of the 575 converted bomb-storage bunkers in South Dakota, or a shared, luxe, 80-person Cold War–era bunker in Indiana that will sustain life inside for at least a year — money isn’t enough.
You must convince a selection committee that you’re a worthy entrant to the end-of-days Noah’s Ark.
According to the European Commission, over €150bn of VAT is lost every year, meaning that EU member states miss out on revenue that could be used for schools, roads and healthcare.
Of this, around €50bn (€100 per EU citizen each year) is estimated to be due to cross-border VAT fraud. This money can be used to finance criminal organizations, including terrorism. It is estimated that this sum would be reduced by 80% thanks to the proposed reform.
The life expectancy gap between the affluent and the poor and working class in the US, for instance, now clocks in at 12.2 years. College-educated white men can expect to live to age 80, while counterparts without a high-school diploma die by age 67.
White women with a college degree have a life expectancy of nearly 84, compared with uneducated women, who live to 73.
And these disparities are widening. This is just a harbinger of things to come.
We should discuss the issue now, because we are close to delivering a true fountain of youth that could potentially extend our productive lifespan into our hundreds – it’s no longer the stuff of science fiction.