Perth Leadership Institute - Latest blog entries http://perthleadership.org/easyblog Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:39:31 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Facial recognition results in customizable personalities! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/facial-recognition-results-in-customizable-personalities http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-nuclear-proliferation-be-encouraged http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-china-be-north-korea-s-true-nuclear-target http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-human-writers-becoming-obsolete http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-love-a-physical-force-field http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/bitcoin-meets-behavioral-finance-what-happens-next http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-gravitational-wave-detectors-read-human-thoughts http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wagbits-revolutionizes-how-pets-feel-about-their-bmi http://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://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-restaurants http://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
Amazon Eats Whole Foods – Are Authentic Leaders Too Predictable? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/amazon-eats-whole-foods-are-authentic-leaders-too-predictable http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/amazon-eats-whole-foods-are-authentic-leaders-too-predictable
So we didn’t expect Amazon to do the Whole Foods thing right? Bezos is an unpredictable guy. Reminds me of Elon Musk, Richard Branson, even (especially) Donald Trump. Unpredictable to a fault. Never know what they’re gonna do next. The traditional leadership canon teaches that leaders should be predictable; authentic they call it. But what I see is...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:30:48 +0000
Quantum Biotech Completes the Cure for All Cancer! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer
Did you see the truly amazing news that there’s now a drug that can actually cure all cancers no matter their location ? And it’s been approved by the fusty old FDA so it really must work! Yep, it only works in about 4% of the population who have the right genetic makeup. But the writing is on the wall. Soon scientists are going to figure out all t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:17:16 +0000
Uber-Leading - Are empathy and disruptiveness incompatible? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-empathy-and-disruptiveness-incompatible http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-empathy-and-disruptiveness-incompatible
So Travis Kalanick of Uber has been given the boot. What’s that all about? He’s promoted a hostile and sexually harassing culture. He needs to be reformed. Is his departure going to kill the company? Probably. I can think of several leaders who totally lacked empathy; more; they were unsympathetic, bullies, sometimes narcissistic and unappealing hu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:21:27 +0000
A Radical Fix for the North Korea Problem http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/v http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/v
I don’t have to tell you how serious the North Korea issue is. It’s clearly getting even worse. We are close to the level of severity of the Cuban missile crisis, even beyond. Is there anything to be done about it? So far all strategies have failed. Talks, sanctions, negotiations, threats, hacking. The only thing left is war. But if that happens we...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:07:57 +0000
What’s wrong with quant approaches? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-wrong-with-quant-approaches http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-wrong-with-quant-approaches
You know the old story: when a celebrity gets to be Time Person of the Year, it’s time to short them. Obama received the honor twice, in 2008 and 2012 and look where that got him! Trump was Time Person of the Year 2016 so look out! In the same vein I notice that the Wall Street Journal now has a new and separate section on quants. Does that mean th...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 03 Jun 2017 16:21:41 +0000
Terraforming the Cosmos http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/terraforming-the-cosmos http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/terraforming-the-cosmos
If you’re a sci-fi buff you know all about terraforming . That means changing a planet’s “atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the environment of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life.” In your dreams right now, but the reality is probably almost on us. It sounds kind of far-off, if not far out, in all sen...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sun, 28 May 2017 12:48:39 +0000
Can we calm the global mood with sound? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-we-calm-the-global-mood-with-sound http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-we-calm-the-global-mood-with-sound
Recently I posted on the huge impact noise pollution is having on human moods globally, including making us all incredibly crabby. (“ Does noise cause global dysfunction in human mood? ”). Coincidentally (?) the Washington Post followed my article with its own about noise pollution, even in the national parks (“ Human noise pollution is everywhere,...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 20 May 2017 14:16:33 +0000
Quantum is the new digital http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-is-the-new-digital http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-is-the-new-digital
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you might have noticed I have a disproportionate number of posts about quantum stuff. Case in point my recent post of “ Social Science is the study of entangled brains: Discuss ”. Not to mention “ High Frequency Trading Trashed by Quantum Computers? ” And so on. Yep, it’s very nerdy. But isn’t it a little bit...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 13 May 2017 12:28:48 +0000