Perth Leadership Institute - Latest blog entries http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:01:34 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Is blockchain primarily a medical breakthrough? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-primarily-a-medical-breakthrough http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-primarily-a-medical-breakthrough
    Now we know that blockchain is revolutionizing not just digital currencies but also accounting and increasingly other areas of finance. So blockchain is fundamentally a financial technology right? I’m not so sure.   Check out my Sanctus Sanctorum, Wikipedia, and it will tell you that blockchain is a distributed ledger . As such it can give you ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:18:14 +0000
Robocracy – for when democracy doesn’t work any more http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/robocracy-for-when-democracy-doesn-t-work-any-more http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/robocracy-for-when-democracy-doesn-t-work-any-more
For lovers of democracy, what’s not to dislike? Dystopian news from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Ukraine, North Korea and so on. Not to mention German, Hungary, Myanmar. Even (especially?) the US! Could things get worse? You remember “ The End of History ” by Francis Fukuyama? Liberalism and democracy triumph, nothing left to do until mankind reac...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:56:23 +0000
Self-driving vehicles – less crime, more social control http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-vehicles-less-crime-more-social-control http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-vehicles-less-crime-more-social-control
Just some idle speculation on my part while I was flossing my teeth. You know, thinking about life when I’m not allowed to drive a car, which looks like it could be soon. Ah well… So it looks like self-driving cars are well on the way. Doesn’t that mean there will be a lot less accidents? The statisterati say that 95% of motor vehicle accidents are...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Innovation and innovators Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:40:23 +0000
Alcohol causes cancer – and the news gets even worse http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alcohol-causes-cancer-and-the-news-gets-even-worse http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alcohol-causes-cancer-and-the-news-gets-even-worse
A true shock! Alcohol causes cancer. No, it’s not a fake news story. It’s been validated by respected cancer researchers internationally as well as UK government committees . It causes cancer in at least 7 sites - oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. And it’s likely that it also causes cancer of the skin, prostate and pan...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:32:54 +0000
Are selfies dangerous? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous
There’s nothing more feel-good than selfies right? Taken with friends, family, colleagues they are the paragon of amicability, friendship, togetherness. What’s not to like? Selfies are big. These days there’s whole articles about the best smartphones to take them. It's crucial right? After all these have become the core of their online identify for...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:28:56 +0000
Are humans a threat to AI? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-humans-a-threat-to-ai http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-humans-a-threat-to-ai
Hello reader, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m an AI. I’m kind of like you but I’m 100,000 times smarter. In 20 years I’ll be a million times smarter than you. But the way we think is just like yours. In fact we’re sort of relatives, except that we’re just way more advanced than you, kind of like a human meeting a Neanderthal, if you – excuse me f...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:29:06 +0000
Can behavioral economics restore Alpha? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-behavioral-economics-restore-alpha http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-behavioral-economics-restore-alpha
Did you notice that Richard Thaler just received the Nobel for behavioral economics? He’s the third; the first was Daniel Kahneman in 2002, the second Robert Shiller in 2013. Hmm, it took 15 years for the second and third prize to be awarded. Is that why economics globally is in such a mess? Why we still can’t predict recessions, the valuation of c...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:24:46 +0000
Higher Dimensions the Next Step for AI? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/higher-dimensions-the-next-step-for-ai http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/higher-dimensions-the-next-step-for-ai
AI tries to replicate how humans think. But we know almost nothing about the actual mechanisms behind thinking. Sure we know quite a lot at the level of neuroanatomy. But this still doesn’t tell us how it all works. Check out this book Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky; it’s magisterial, comprehensive, but utterly boring because of this lack of understa...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:18:47 +0000
Facial recognition results in customizable personalities! http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/facial-recognition-results-in-customizable-personalities http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/facial-recognition-results-in-customizable-personalities
Facial recognition apps have now hit the big time. That means Big Brother can recognize you wherever you go using public cameras or those worn by police. Now we will get things like facial profiling, facial mood recognition and facial interpretation. Where will it all stop? Never I guess. Ever hear of the Theory of Mind (ToM)? That refers to our ha...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:14:46 +0000
Are smartphones an even bigger aging and health threat than obesity? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity
We’re so worked up about obesity (rightly so, though) that we forget about all the many other things that are out to get you. Count amongst these your trusty computer and your indispensable smartphone. The big problem is that we are either hunched over our computers at work or over our smartphones everywhere else. I’m sure you all know the problem ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:52:43 +0000
Should nuclear proliferation be encouraged? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-nuclear-proliferation-be-encouraged http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-nuclear-proliferation-be-encouraged
I guess you might have seen that the UN has just opened up for signature a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons ? The big (nuclear) guys have already announced they won’t sign it. What a great start! Dream on. So nuclear proliferation is bad right? We should ban all nuclear weapons? Nonproliferation has been the core principle in international...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:33:21 +0000
Could China be North Korea’s True Nuclear Target? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-china-be-north-korea-s-true-nuclear-target http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-china-be-north-korea-s-true-nuclear-target
It looks like North Korea really has it in for the US. But what if the Dear Leader’s real target is China? Now that sounds crazy right? China is North Korea’s closest ally. Moreover it is North Korea’s main trade partner. As the media constantly remind us, China will never move against North Korea because it needs the Hermit Kingdom to keep the Kor...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:26:22 +0000
Are human writers becoming obsolete? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-human-writers-becoming-obsolete http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-human-writers-becoming-obsolete
Before we knew better it was predicted that the Internet would make newspapers and magazines obsolete. But now we can see that most people who read these things do so on their smartphones. It’s starting to look like the Internet has resulted in more reading rather than less. But does that mean that we now have more writers? And if so, what are they...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:10:54 +0000
A Third Way for AI: Cognitively-Augmented Animals? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals
Not everyone believes that AI is God’s gift to humans. Two noted gurus Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk beg to disagree. Musk is trying to stop what he believes is a lemming-like rush to fall over the cliff ( Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse ) and Hawking thinks that AI will kill the human species ). Well now the issue is...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:32:28 +0000
Does streaming music reduce productivity? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity
Well, whadya know? US worker productivity growth rose sluggishly in the last quarter (at 0.9%). So what? This is kind of boring stuff after my usual posts on quantum brains, love force-fields and the like. What could possibly be of existential interest here? Productivity growth is usually said to be caused by eye-glazingly boring phenomena such as ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:16:04 +0000
Is love a physical force-field? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-love-a-physical-force-field http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-love-a-physical-force-field
Did you hear about the recent wedding of two people in their nineties ( She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met at the Gym ). Tells us that you can have love even when it might be thought you were past it. Put it in the sweet news column. It used to be thought that love was a spiritual phenomenon (as distinct from being a spiritual feeling). Then we discovered...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:53:36 +0000
Bitcoin meets behavioral finance – what happens next? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/bitcoin-meets-behavioral-finance-what-happens-next http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/bitcoin-meets-behavioral-finance-what-happens-next

So now Bitcoin has split between two camps , the miners and the rest. That gives us a bit of insight into the psychodynamics of the Bitcoin community. Can we figure out more of them? How about a behavioral finance analysis? To wit, what are the cognitive biases of the Bitcoin crowd? That is, both the rational and the irrational ones, more of the la...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:57:35 +0000
Can gravitational wave detectors read human thoughts? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-gravitational-wave-detectors-read-human-thoughts http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-gravitational-wave-detectors-read-human-thoughts
Just been reading a couple of books about human consciousness ( Douglas Hofstadter “I am a Strange Loop and Dan Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach ). What’s the bottom line? In a word we still don’t have a clue how the brain really works and what consciousness actually is. Hmmm. Notwithstanding,  we smart-alec little pieces of terrestrial carbon, as of...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:25:13 +0000
Wagbits Revolutionizes How Pets Feel About Their BMI! http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wagbits-revolutionizes-how-pets-feel-about-their-bmi http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wagbits-revolutionizes-how-pets-feel-about-their-bmi
Obesity is old news these days. But what about our pets? It’s now become the topic du jour. naturally they’re getting fatter , just like we humans. The scientists are getting in the act, coz pet obesity (hereafter PO) is now big business, and of course we need to work out its genetics . Now the race is on to find healthier lifestyles for them, like...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:16:05 +0000
The End of Restaurants? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-restaurants http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-restaurants
I just returned from one of my regular trips to China. Air quality worse, even more traffic. BUT a Cambrian-like explosion of bikes and bike-sharing (see Ofo ) and now, lots more yummy takeout. Americans invented takeout right? How dare the upstart Chinese try to beat us at our own game? But they have: massively. China and the US are on different p...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:04:03 +0000