The New York Times - paywall - 14 Sep 2017
New research adds to the evidence that generosity has a positive effect on our wellbeing. It changes the activity in our brains in ways that increase feelings of happiness, even if the generous act is small or only imagined. Interestingly, the pledge to be generous primes people to be more giving - there are probably evolutionary undercurrents to this process (reads in 3-4 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 September 2017
The New York Times - paywall - 5 Sep 2017
In today’s era of workplace burnout, achieving a simpatico work-life relationship seems practically out of reach. Being tired, ambivalent, stressed, cynical and overextended has become a normal part of a working professional life. The General Social Survey of 2016, a nationwide survey that since 1972 has tracked the attitudes and behaviors of American society, found that 50 percent of respondents are consistently exhausted because of work, compared with 18 percent two decades ago. There are three major signs of workplace burnout (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 September 2017
Quartz - 27 Aug 2017
… much faster and will be further reaching than we imagined. Thanks to deep learning, the tools for identifying who we are and what we’re doing across video and images are evermore sophisticated. Facial recognition systems are rapidly growing in complexity, efficiency and scale (this article offers many examples). The possibility of a dystopian future à la 1984 exists… (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2017