Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 3 Apr 2018
The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens through a social credit system designed to promote “trustworthiness” has already started. This article describes how it works. So far, the scheme has been embraced by the communities in which it’s been tested because it only deducts points for breaking the law: it is precise in its punishment and generous in its rewards. Moving forward, it’s hard not to think of an Orwellian world in which high tech monitors everybody’s behaviour (reads in about 10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018
Harvard Business Review - 20 Mar 2018
Plain and simple: our smartphones affect us even when we aren’t interacting with them. They influence our cognitive abilities by exerting a gravitational pull on our attention. As the authors put it: “the mere presence of our smartphones can adversely affect our ability to think and problem-solve — even when we aren’t using them. Even when we aren’t looking at them. Even when they are face-down. And even when they are powered off altogether” (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2018
Quartz - 6 Mar 2018
In our age of information overload, how to create a smart information filter - “a net that captures what’s happening and what really matters without making you a slave to information of fleeting importance”? (1) Practice selective ignorance; (2) Burst the bubble; (3) Find the “tall poppies”; (4) Hit the road; (5) Find sources you trust; (6) Chill out; (7) Carve out designated reading time; (8) Embrace silence; (9) Get-off social media; (10) Go dark (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 March 2018