Perth Leadership Institute - Latest blog entries http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:43:28 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Does mindfulness hurt business performance? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-mindfulness-hurt-business-performance http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-mindfulness-hurt-business-performance
Mindfulness is hot. Google is a big proponent of mindfulness training, so that gives it the ultimate good management seal of approval? Nothing to question, right? You know I’ve got to respectfully disagree.   So what if a couple of respected researchers have evidence that mindfulness training reduces motivation? Check this out: “ Hey Boss, You Don’...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Decision-making Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:53:11 +0000
Will AIs Commit Suicide? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-ais-commit-suicide http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-ais-commit-suicide
There’s been a spate of news about suicides by some well-known celebrities. That got me to thinking about suicide itself. I’ve done a lot of thinking about AIs so I wondered what this all means for AIs in the future. From there on I meandered into thinking about free will, as in, will AIs have it? Esoteric, yes, but nothing is more immediate than s...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 16 Jun 2018 12:29:24 +0000
Could augmented reality save affordable housing? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-augmented-reality-save-affordable-housing http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-augmented-reality-save-affordable-housing
Did you see the one where 95 affordable apartments were offered for rent in Ye Olde San Francisco recently and 6580 people applied ? So much for being poor in the richest city in the US.   In a similar vein, I keep on seeing all this stuff about foreign heads of state being entertained at Mar a Lago. Hmm, that sounds like there’s a tin ear somewher...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:13:20 +0000
Could black holes be a source of clean energy? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-black-holes-be-a-source-of-clean-energy http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-black-holes-be-a-source-of-clean-energy
Did you see that astronomers have found tens of thousands of black holes at the center of the Milky Way ? We used to think there was just one, albeit very heavy. There are black holes that have the mass of an entire galaxy and are growing at unimaginable rates . And they don’t just come in singles or even six-packs. They come in swarms!   So is the...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:22:53 +0000
Can AIs suffer from mental health issues? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues
So the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” has just been re-released . I saw it when it was first released and I didn’t understand it even then. No doubt I will be none the wiser this time around. But one thing still sticks in my mind; HAL, the mission computer had a bad case of mental ill-health.   “2001” was a prescient work in so many ways. I think t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 26 May 2018 13:19:22 +0000
China has just leapfrogged the US in a big way http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/china-has-just-leapfrogged-the-us-in-a-big-way http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/china-has-just-leapfrogged-the-us-in-a-big-way
I just arrived back from one of my regular business trips to China. Here’s my tally: air pollution is even worse, water in rivers is filthy. Yet the built environment is even more impressive and the Chinese people have made giant steps forward over their American and European counterparts in the convenience of their lives. How so?   It’s called WeC...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 19 May 2018 12:44:48 +0000
What if exercise and brain training don’t help Alzheimer’s? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s
  I recently read an obituary of someone the town in which I live. He had died from complications of Alzheimer’s at the age of 73. What had caught my attention and stimulated my curiosity was that he had been a runner.   I’m a runner too so I read the lengthy obituary just out of curiosity about the rest of his life, and yes, what sort of life had ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 12 May 2018 12:15:57 +0000
Could gene editing solve the online privacy and security problem? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-gene-editing-solve-the-online-privacy-and-security-problem http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-gene-editing-solve-the-online-privacy-and-security-problem
Facebook has been roasted lately due to its user privacy issues, not to mention its hosting of those infamous fake news feeds. No good deed goes unvarnished…   But I guess they’re not the only ones to have that problem: how about the Federal Office of Personnel Management where 4 million personnel records were stolen by hackers , including probably...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:15:53 +0000
Are viruses the biological equivalent of dark matter? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter
Did you get the flu? I was so lucky, I got it twice! So lots of stuff about influenza in the news. Other than that, how could you ever get excited about it?   Influenza is a virus . Everyone knows that too. Nothing exciting there either, right?   But what if there were many more of the little critters than we had imagined? What if they were literal...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:26:32 +0000
Space is actually for making ourselves more beautiful http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-is-actually-for-making-ourselves-more-beautiful http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-is-actually-for-making-ourselves-more-beautiful
Did you notice the news about Scott Kelly, the US astronaut? His DNA changed while he was in space, 7% of it to be exact. Actually it turns out that the report wasn’t quite correct; in fact the way his DNA was expressed changed for 7% of it . Whatever, his body changed.   How so? Well for a start he got 2 inches taller (but that was temporary). And...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:18:00 +0000
Self-driving cars – just blame the victim http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-cars-just-blame-the-victim http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-cars-just-blame-the-victim
So now several people have been killed in accidents in self-driving cars. What gives?   I’ve been driving for many years but I don’t regard myself as a good driver. For one thing I've got poor eyesight. I get easily confused at night and sometime in heavy traffic conditions. Here are three of the driving situations in which I feel most uncomfortabl...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:54:15 +0000
Is free trade obsolete? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-free-trade-obsolete http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-free-trade-obsolete
So we’ve had a little excitement about the US imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum and now we’re into a global frisson about the possibility of a global trade war. As we know, they lead to depressions, or so it is said. But here’s the question I want to ask: if a world has declining population growth rates, does free trade still promise the same ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:58:48 +0000
What’s really inside black holes? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-really-inside-black-holes http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-really-inside-black-holes
Stephen Hawking is dead and we will all miss him. One of the reasons for missing him is that he really was responsible for popularizing black holes. Now any Tom, Dick and Harry can toss the term around, talking knowledgeably about singularities, black hole horizons and information loss. All way above my pay grade. But I have a question. What is ins...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:03:39 +0000
Is authoritarian leadership inevitable? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-authoritarian-leadership-inevitable http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-authoritarian-leadership-inevitable
We’ve just seen China approve a lifting of term limits on their leader, an epochal decision. Clearly there’s a move to authoritarian leadership globally. As well as China there’s the usual suspects like Russia, Belarus and North Korea, but now there’s some new/newish members of the club including Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Venezuela, Malaysia and Mya...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:32:45 +0000
How about “Nuclear Winter Olympics” World War 3 playoffs? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-nuclear-winter-olympics-world-war-3-playoffs http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-nuclear-winter-olympics-world-war-3-playoffs
We’ve just had the latest Winter Olympics in South Korea. Of course it was overshadowed by the nuclear threats hurled at each other by the US and North Korea. Olympics are supposed to be about peace but this clearly wasn’t a very peaceable atmosphere. Now the Dear Respected Comrade is on an ostensible peace offensive, let’s see how long that lasts....]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:42:59 +0000
Exercisers are the new 1% http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercisers-are-the-new-1 http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercisers-are-the-new-1
  So many articles about how good exercise is for you that it’s become positively nauseating. Even a confirmed curmudgeon like me can’t find anything wrong with it.   Yet the CDC says that only 20% of adults actually meet their do-good exercise guidelines (both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity). That means that 80% of Americans don’t do en...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:52:03 +0000
Is blockchain a bubble – and compromised too? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-a-bubble-and-compromised-too http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-a-bubble-and-compromised-too
  Recently I have attended three conferences on widely divergent topics. Every one of them featured blockchain and what everyone was going to do about it and with it. It seems that the contemporary standard for demonstrating your innovativeness is showing you are into blockchain.   Blockchain is, according to the banks, going to transform the finan...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:38:20 +0000
The first Tesla on Europa? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-first-tesla-on-europa http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-first-tesla-on-europa
The amazing Musk has done it again with the Falcon Heavy! Is it possible he did even more than he told us?   According to news reports the original SpaceX launch plan was to get into Mars’ orbit, but the space module overshot and is now on its way to the asteroid belt, where it would presumably be lost. Such a pity.   Hmm now let me see. Overshoot?...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Innovation and innovators Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:13:24 +0000
Will quantum bitcoins be free? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-bitcoins-be-free http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-bitcoins-be-free
Now bitcoin and other digital currencies have been cratering. Does that spell their end? Nope, not at all, maybe quite to the contrary. There’s a new game in town for crypto-currencies. It’s called quantum computing. We’re now well into a new arms race for the most powerful quantum computer. IBM has just upped the ante with a 50 qubit quantum compu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:51:26 +0000
Is AI too rational? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational
AI has been the talk of the town at CES . There’s suitcases that follow you, more smart speakers and that’s the least of it. But I’m feeling uneasy with all this AI stuff. Part of my concern is it all sounds too easy. Just add more intelligence and everything’s ok. Doesn’t that all sound too easy, too pat ? If you stuff even more intelligence into ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:28:31 +0000