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The Stanford Prison Experiment
by Dr. Philip Zimbardo - Medium.com
#psychology

In a Florida prison, a mentally ill inmate dies after guards punish him by locking him in a scalding hot shower for well over an hour. At Rikers Island jail, a guard argues with a frail 52-year-old inmate, and proceeds to beat the man to death while two other guards hold him on the floor. The three guards then fabricate a story that the inmate assaulted them.

As state and federal investigations and lawsuits bring these abuses, and many others to public attention, we are horrified and repelled. How can someone do such things to another person? How could one guard look away, or cover up another’s vicious deeds? Then we recall the violent degradations that American Military Police Guards used against Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib Prison, all the while documenting their deeds with graphic images. Looking at these situations from the outside, we tell ourselves they must be evil people, bad apples; we could never lose our moral compass in such a way. Think again. It’s not that simple.

In the summer of 1971, I created a research project focusing on the psychological effects of prison life, for both the prisoners themselves and the prison guards. My research team and I reproduced a prison environment in a Stanford University basement. We tried to recreate essential features of American prisons in our jail setting. We advertised for volunteers, and assembled a group of 24 healthy, intelligent male college students from all over the nation. A flip of the coin randomly determined which 12 would be guards and which 12 would be prisoners. I took the role of Prison Superintendent, one assistant was the Warden, and two others were Lieutenants. Prisoners lived in this jail 24/7, while guards worked eight-hour shifts in what was to be a two-week intense simulation, where everything and everyone was under observation. The simple premise was to understand what happens when you put only good people in a bad situation.

In short order, the students disappeared into their roles as Prisoners or Guards.

Ordinary guys slipped into doing extraordinarily bad things to other guys — who were actually students just like them, in different costumes.

About the author: Dr. Philip Zimbardo - Research psychologist, author and expert on the origins of evil, now head of Heroic Imagination Project devoted to discovering the origins of heroism.


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Ikea has created the kitchen of 2025 — and there's no stove or refrigerator
by Dennis Green - Business Insider
#innvoation

IKEA didn't just imagine the kitchen of the future. It actually built it. 

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Stop Google from tracking you on Google Maps
by Matt Elliott -CNET
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Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users called Your Timeline. With it, you can see all the places you've been. Google is quick to point out that timeline information is private and visible only to you. And that you must opt in to the feature by enabling Location History on your Google account, which begs the question: Do you have Location History enabled? Let's have a look.

On a desktop, log into your Google account and head to the My Account page. Next, click on Personal info & privacy and scroll down to the Places you go section. If the map is full color and slider switch is blue, then you have Location History enabled. Click the button to pause Location History. The map and slider will turn gray, and Google will cease tracking you.

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For 3 months in 2015, Tesla did something we've almost never seen before
by Matthew Debord - Business Insider
#teslamotors  

Tesla's 2010 IPO price was $17. After a bit of a bump, for roughly the first two years of its life as a public company the stock traded flat.

Then the stock exploded. Eventually, it would surge to $291 in September 2014 and give Tesla a market cap in excess of $30 billion.

CEO Elon Musk was a multibillionaire. Anyone who had bought shares after the IPO saw a better than 1,000% return.

Of course, that return came with a very typical price: volatility. As you can see from the chart below, after a gradual increase in 2013 Tesla went on a wild, wild roller-coaster ride. Investing was not for the weak or timid.

It wasn't until three months in 2015 that Tesla stock stopped being volatile and starting climbing steadily — signaling that Tesla is becoming a different kind of company. 


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'El Chapo' heads the largest drug cartel in the world — and practically ran the prisons that held him
by Amanda Macias - Business Insider
#drugcartels #Mexico

Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" or "Shorty" Guzmán Loera is leader of one of the world's most powerful drug-trafficking empires. And his status didn't diminish during his two stints in prison: He has been described as "el dueño" or "the owner" of both of the prisons from which he eventually escaped.

Earlier this month, Guzmán staged a brazen escape from Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, Mexico's highest-security prison located on the outskirts of Mexico City. Since Guzmán's extraordinary escape, seven prison workers have been arrested in connection with aiding the world's most notorious drug lord.

Guzmán has bribed and co-opted prison officials and government workers before. It's little surprise that he had amassed so much power and influence behind bars, since he had succeeded in taking over the last Mexican prison that had failed to hold him.

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Conceptual Physics: The Secret of Firewalking
by Paul Hewitt
#physics #criticalthinking  

Debunking 'mind over matter firewalking'

They tell you firewalking is mind over matter. Rubbish! It's physics. Understand physics and you can save these 300 bucks ...
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As simple as that: physics. With a bit of critical thinking one can figure it out. Well, provided you paid attention in your physics classes. :-) ... No need for higher, invisible powers ...
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This simple mathematical equation will show you how much time you're really wasting at work
by Blake Thorne - Business Insider
#digitaldistraction   #timewasters

Turn off your social networks Fb, G+, Twitter, ... while you are working and focus on what you are doing!

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Make an estimate on how many times are you are distracted during an average work day.

Now take that number and multiply it by 25.

That’s how many minutes of concentration you’re losing. It takes an average of about 25 minutes (23 minutes and 15 seconds, to be exact) to return to the original task after an interruption, according to Gloria Mark, who studies digital distraction at the University of California, Irvine.

Multiple studies confirm this. Distractions don’t just eat up time during the distraction, they derail your mental progress for up to a half hour afterward (that’s assuming another distraction doesn’t show up in that half hour).

In other words, that “30 seconds to check Twitter” isn’t just 30 seconds down the drain. It’s 25 minutes and 30 seconds.
And all these distractions not only hurt productivity, they have negative emotional effects.

“Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity,” Mark wrote in the New York Times.


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Should we replace the minimum wage with a basic income?
by Robert Skidelsky - World Economic Forum
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Should we replace the minimum wage with a basic income?
by Robert Skidelsky - World Economic Forum
#employment #basicincome

Most rich countries now have millions of “working poor” – people whose jobs do not pay enough to keep them above the poverty line, and whose wages therefore have to be subsidized by the state. These subsidies take the form of tax credits.

One prediction on which we can confidently rely is that automation will make increasingly large inroads into the world of human work. Up to 50% of existing jobs may be at risk in the next 20 years. It is at least an open question whether enough new jobs can be found to replace them, or, indeed, whether it is desirable to continue producing more and more products simply to provide human employment at ever shrinking wages.

As robots increasingly replace human labor, humans will need incomes to replace wages from work. Whereas tax credits point in the direction of replacement incomes, raising the minimum wage points in the opposite direction, by making income more dependent on jobs. In fact, focusing on the minimum wage would almost certainly speed up the automation process. Previous evidence that minimum-wage legislation does not reduce the demand for labor might not stand up against the rapidly falling cost of automating the production of goods and services.


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Most rich countries now have millions of “working poor” whose jobs do not pay enough to keep them above the poverty line, writes Robert Skidelsky.
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50 Smartest Companies 2015
by Nanette Byrnes - MIT Technology Review
#technology   #business  

Sometimes we hear that technology companies have lost their ambition. Too many great minds are pouring their energy into the next app for the affluent, the argument goes. Where is the daring?

Right here. This year, when the editors of MIT Technology Review began our annual search for the smartest companies, we did not have trouble finding big ideas. To make the list, a company must have truly innovative technology and a business model that is both practical and ambitious, with the result that it has set the agenda in its field over the past 12 months.

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Massive solar panel factories. Fertility treatments. Friendly robots. Meet the companies reshaping the technology business.
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The Insecure World of Freelancing
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The Insecure World of Freelancing
by Nancy Cook - The Atlantic
#employment   #freelancing  

How prepared are you?  

The trend in employment is going more and more towards shorter employments, towards freelancing. Fueled by technology employment as you know it is changing. 


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Millions of workers now go it alone—who will provide them with basic labor protections?
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The Singular Mind of Terry Tao
by Gareth Cook - The New York Times
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This April, as undergraduates strolled along the street outside his modest office on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, the mathematician Terence Tao mused about the possibility that water could spontaneously explode. A widely used set of equations describes the behavior of fluids like water, but there seems to be nothing in those equations, he told me, that prevents a wayward eddy from suddenly turning in on itself, tightening into an angry gyre, until the density of the energy at its core becomes infinite: a catastrophic ‘‘singularity.’’ Someone tossing a penny into the fountain by the faculty center or skipping a stone at the Santa Monica beach could apparently set off a chain reaction that would take out Southern California.

This doesn’t tend to happen. And yet, Tao explained, nobody can say precisely why. It’s a decades-­old conundrum, and Tao has recently been working on an approach to a solution — one part fanciful, one part outright absurd, like some lost passage from ‘‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.’’

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A prodigy grows up to become one of the greatest mathematicians in the world.
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How has game theory changed economics?
by Partha Gangopadhyay = World Economic Forum
#gametheory

Notwithstanding lingering discontent, faint murmurs and mild protests among economists, there is no denying the fact that game theory has assumed central importance in modern economics. In 1994 the first Nobel award to three game theorists – including mathematician John Nash – officially recognised the enviable role that game theory has played in advancing and propelling economic theory.

Game theory is concerned with decision-making in an interactive world such that the best decision of every decision-maker depends on what decisions others make. As a result, everyone in this interactive world, for advancing one’s self interests, will need to predict decisions of others.

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Partha Gangopadhyay explores the role that game theory has played in advancing and propelling economic theory.
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Whatever I do I believe that life at large is a beautiful and exciting adventure, worthwhile enjoying every moment of it. I believe in having a dream and making it come true. I believe that each challenge holds within opportunity and you need to be aware of it. I believe that, when you want to reach what is really possible, you have to strive for the impossible and “boldly go where no one else has gone before”. I believe in an optimistic approach to life.

Mountain climber. skydiver, scuba diver

Engaging in activities like mountain climbing, skydiving, and scuba diving, got me to leave my comfort zone and striving to reach the magic of the unknown territory. These often humbling experiences taught me how to handle the ‘black swans’, the unexpected adversities, when reaching for the stars.

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I am always looking for new and challenging experiences and going beyond my perceived boundaries. I love to immerse myself in the fields of science and technology, the art of communication, and also exploring the latest discoveries and looking for new and innovative ways to make sense of all that. I love learning, knowing, and understanding the needs people have in different countries with different cultural backgrounds.

Having lived part of my life in different countries and being exposed to their culture rewarded me with invaluable insights into human interaction. To me, beautiful design is the communicator between technology and human beings; technology meeting people where they are. I just love the space, where technology meets communication, creating a remarkable and lasting experience.


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