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Your fitness program just got gamified!
 
You enter into a fully-realized world where the rules you know no longer apply. What you do, how you do it and the moral choices you have to make will make a difference to your journey, just like in real life.
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For motivating people, Money + "a benevolent deeper sense of purpose" = "amazing beneficial things happen (motivation)".

However, this next equation does not "fly", no matter how much we desire it does. Therefore:
"amazing beneficial things happen (motivation)" - "a benevolent deeper sense of purpose" = money, which leads to things like Enron collapse and world wide recession. Amazing events motivated by the purpose of pure greed.

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The Power of Meaning in Work

Really worthwhile read on the need for meaning in work. I ran a mission-driven technology consulting firm for ten years, and we were routinely able to not just hire, but meaningfully engage over many years, people who were paid substantially less than market rate. They did this because it was a great place to work and because their work really meant something.

From the article:
Money does not tap into the essence of human motivation so much as transform it. When money is made the measure of all things, it becomes the measure of all things.

I'm not advocating poor pay, by the way. In the case of the organization I used to run, we were focused on bringing cutting edge technology to environmental organizations who wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford it. That out us in a market where it was harder to charge high rates, and we supplemented this with revenues from philanthropy. When we lost staff to higher-paying competitors, it was typically when they'd started a family and began to weigh the long-term cost of raising kids (education, in particular).

People need to be able to take care of themselves and their loved ones. If you can help them to solve that and help them to find meaning, the workplace truly is transformed.

#mission #meaning #futureofwork 
Is it human nature to hate your job? On the contrary.
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Use your imagination.
 
Dr. Tony Wagner documented the work of tremendously influential teachers who ran classrooms that emphasized interdisciplinary learning, real team collaboration, risk taking, creating learning as opposed to consuming knowledge, and cultivated intrinsic motivation in students.
These teachers made room for playful exploration and student passions in the classroom, helping their students to develop the purpose that drives them.
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People, places and practices!
This combination keeps coming up again and again.
Meanwhile:
1. People are being replaced by machines in the name of "productivity". (Productivity of what?)
2. Places are being eliminated or reduced to cubicles to "save costs"
3. Practices instead of being creative and innovative, are being replaced by automation and speeding up of existing static processes, not defining new ones.
 
I’d like to emphasize:  you can’t have spaces that generate innovative practices without surrounding them with effective staffing and programming.  Building the spaces is the beginning (or should be) of an iterative process whereby the spaces are programmed, occupied, evaluated, and reprogrammed as necessary.

Who owns the thinking around holistic development of learning spaces at universities?  No consistent set of people.  And teaching staff don’t necessarily have the time or resources to lead that thinking.  There needs to be a dedicated well-compensated team whose work it is to think carefully about learning spaces all the time.
I had the pleasure of presenting at the National Forum for Active Learning Classrooms (NFALC) on Thursday August 7th, along with my UNC Charlotte colleagues Kurt Richter and Rich Preville (our slide deck is here). We were talking about our experiences in designing, building, programming, ...
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Sunday science read.
 
SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 35/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/assembling-molecular-electronics.html

Assembling molecular electronics, Neuronal polymer networks, Electroplating manufacturing, Handheld medical diagnostics, Nanomagnet computers, Deep learning FPGAs, Confined electromagnetism theory, Optogenetic feedback, CRISPR delivery, Solid state batteries. 

1. Self-Assembled Molecular Electronic Components
Stacks of certain self-assembled aromatic molecules form molecular cages that take on different electronic properties depending on the contents of the cage: empty cages behave like a resistor, with two identical molecular pairs it acts like a wire, and with two different molecular pairs it acts like a diode http://phys.org/news/2015-08-self-assembled-aromatic-molecular-stacks-modular.html. These self-assembled subunits could then be connected to form basic circuits, as an initial proof-of-concept towards using the platform to create self-assembled molecular electronics with modular components. 

2. Custom Polymer Networks from Biological Tools
By taking kinesin motor proteins (that usually carry cargo along microtubules in the cell) and attaching them upside down on a surface, sprinkling this surface with polymer microspheres and protein microtubules, researchers can create highly-branched polymer neural structures https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/bio_tools/#.Vd0yn1WUfVk. The kinesin proteins on the surface naturally transport the microtubules, which encounter the polymer spheres, and draw off strands of polymer nanotubes and before long very complex neural structures form. The group hope to wire different networks together, and with both light and electricity being transported by the resulting substrate they hope neural interfaces might be a possible future application. 

3. Additive Manufacturing via Electroplating
Modumetal’s novel metal manufacturing technology is starting to see broader use http://fortune.com/2015/08/25/grow-metal-like-a-tree/. Modumetal’s process essentially uses electrochemistry and electroplating with finer control at the microscale to better manage the conditions under which electroplating occurs, allowing them to grow metal on surfaces layer by layer and alter the characteristics of these metal laminates. Ultimately the laminated metal alloys produced by the company are stronger and more corrosion resistant and have already been used by a variety of customers in different industries. 

4. Handheld Standard Medical Tests
A new handheld, battery powered, 3D printed device incorporates a mouthpiece and thumb pad with sensors to quickly test a person’s blood pressure, breathing rate, blood oxygen, heart rate, and temperature readings http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/mouthlab_patients_vital_signs_are_just_a_breath_away, and might be expanded to read a range of other measures in future. The performance of the device was benchmarked against standard testing devices and matched the output of these more expensive units to within small margins of error. A wireless connection transfers data to a computer or smartphone. This also gives some nice ideas for Project Ara modules. 

5. Computation with Nanomagnets
Here is a nice review article on the efforts and progress to develop computer chips based on a nanomagnet architecture in which not just memory but processing and computation is performed by suitably coordinated flips of tiny magnetic domains http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/devices/building-ultraenergyefficient-computers-out-of-tiny-bar-magnets. While nanomagnetic computation will never be as fast as conventional silicon (and other materials) transistors, it promises to be 10 - 100 times as energy efficient and of course is able to hold its state of computation even after the power is switched off. Switches and wires are built out of nanomagnets arrayed on a surface and in which the controlled flip of one causes its neighbour to flip and so on like a line of dominoes. 

6. From GPUs to FPGAs for Deep Learning
Microsoft’s research in deep learning seeks to overcome some of the shortcomings and costs of the ubiquitous use of GPUs in deep learning applications http://www.technologyreview.com/news/540851/microsoft-says-programmable-chips-will-make-ai-software-smarter/. Work to date with some of the most advanced FPGAs available indicates that significant performance improvements for deep learning neural networks are possible and that the use of FPGAs would allow much larger neural networks to be utilised. The main drawback is the additional work required to program the FPGAs for the particular task to be done. 

7. Theory for Confined Electromagnetism
A new theory seeks to demonstrate how electromagnetic energy can be confined without the source radiating http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/08/theory-explaining-electromagnetic.html. The result depends on a charged source (such as an electron) exhibiting a toroidal dipole moment associated with a circulating magnetic field that has a similar mode to the sources conventional electric field distribution; these can destructively interfere to cancel the distant field to make the source appear confined. Experiments on nanodisks seem to provide some validation for the theory to produce these “anapole” structures. It’ll be interesting to see if this holds up - new natural electromagnetic phenomena like this could have a wide range of applications. 

8. Optogenetic Feedback Device
An open source technology platform called optoclamp has been developed that seeks to provide a convenient feedback loop for optogenetics applications http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-08-loop-optogenetics.html. Basically the device measures neuronal responses to optical signals it sends to optogenetically activated neurons, and quickly varies the light input to maintain the desired firing rate from seconds to days. This is believed to be the first device to offer closed-loop control for optical stimulation, and should lead to more powerful optogenetics applications, experiments, and neurological discoveries. 

9. Self-Assembled CRISPR Delivery System
A new CRISPR delivery system involves self-assembled DNA structures and polymers that bind and encapsulate both the specific CRISPR guide-RNA and the Cas-9 protein; when the structure comes into contact with a cell it is engulfed into an endosome that is subsequently broken down by the charged polymer, setting the CRISPR system free to perform its gene editing work if and when it gets into the nucleus https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/08/gu-beisel-clews-2015/. In a proof-of-concept the system was able to successfully edit the genetics of a third of cancer cells it was exposed to. Having an alternative delivery system to the viruses that are typically used for such delivery, or other conventional techniques should be a bonus in many situations. 

10. MIT & Samsung’s Solid State Batteries
Work by MIT & Samsung has developed new solid-state electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries that seek to boost battery power, lifetime, and safety https://news.mit.edu/2015/solid-state-rechargeable-batteries-safer-longer-lasting-0817. The demonstration batteries produced provided a 20% - 30% improvement in power density and are unaffected by extremely low temperatures that degrade the performance of batteries with liquid electrolytes. The use of solid-state electrolytes is a bit of a game-changer and should ultimately lead to more research and better material designs. 

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/assembling-molecular-electronics.html
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Yep.
 
Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries: You Can't Outsource Knowledge (Podcast) by @lindalacina http://entm.ag/1IlQQQH via @Entrepreneur

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In our second podcast, Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries explains why you need to know your business inside and out.
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Collaboration by another name == inner sourcing.
 
Open source isn’t for everyone, of course. But even companies that aren’t well-suited for open source are adopting some open source techniques for internal development, known as “inner sourcing.”
The most successful development strategy your company could have? Open up the process.
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Which would you vote for?
 
#F1  McLaren TOON Family ;)
Which one of them make the best pair?

#Tooned  
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Think before you test, why are you testing and what are you going to do with the results.
 
5 Questions Every Unit Test Must answer

https://medium.com/javascript-scene/what-every-unit-test-needs-f6cd34d9836d

Every developer knows we should write unit tests in order to prevent defects from being deployed to production.

What most developers don’t know are the essential ingredients of every unit test.
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