Key Takeaway: Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but it is causing us to spend more time on tasks that wouldn’t be possible without technology. A study of 300 people across Europe found that people are filling empty periods with tasks that wouldn’t be possible without technology, such as brain training apps and […]
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Key Takeaway: In 1963, Encyclopaedia Britannica asked five thinkers about whether man’s conquest of space increased or diminished his stature. The response was that space has become a part of everyday life, with satellites landing on planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty states that space is the province of all humanity, […]
Key Takeaway: Tesla, a high-volume, premium-priced leader in the global electric vehicle (EV) market, experienced a 50% growth in deliveries in 2019. The company announced the Cybertruck in 2019, marking its first move into light/pickup trucks. However, delays in deliveries and the cost of bulletproof glass have hindered its development. Tesla now faces challenges in […]
Key Takeaway: Anti-natalism is a philosophical view that it is ethically wrong to bring anyone else into being, focusing on worries about suffering and choice. It is not an exclusively modern attitude, but it is based on ancient Greek playwright Sophocles’ belief that life contains far more suffering than good. Contemporary arguments focus on the […]
Key Takeaway: Black holes form when massive stars die due to gravity and hot gas, creating a dense mass that forces them into a single point. As the star burns up, the force from gravity and heat becomes too strong, creating an event horizon that prevents escape. Astronomers study black holes by observing the matter […]
Key Takeaway: The sunk cost fallacy is a common tendency where people make decisions based on past costs rather than current events or future events. This can lead to high-stakes decisions and can affect choices that have bigger consequences for our lives. For example, Bob might base his decision on the original price of a […]
Key Takeaway: Stoicism, a philosophical school popular in ancient Rome, is often associated with happiness and productivity. However, Stoic TikTok, a popular social media platform, often misinterprets its ideas. Stoicism was traditionally divided into three branches: ethics, physics, and logic. Stoic TikTok focuses on knowledge through reading quotations or practicing mental exercises, but it doesn’t […]
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Key Takeaway: Generative AI tools like ChatGPT are expected to improve internet searching for users by providing answers from the entire internet. However, concerns include opacity over information sources, potential for “hallucinated” answers, and copyright issues. The growing use of generative AI could potentially destroy the US$68 billion search engine optimization industry, which has helped […]
Key Takeaway: Disney’s greatest legacy is not its animated stories or characters, but the business acumen of its founders. The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 by brothers Walt and Roy Disney, who initially focused on animation. They adopted merchandising and technologies like Technicolor and sound to cut costs and promote their products. After […]
Key Takeaways: The rise of AI and chatbots has raised concerns about the future of work and the safety of middle-class jobs. A recent poll found that over half of people aged 18-24 are worried about AI and their careers. Research suggests that a quarter of tasks currently performed by humans in the US and […]
Key Takeaway: Twitter’s CEO, Elon Musk, has rebranded the platform X, abandoning the globally recognized Twitter brand and renaming it X.com. The rebrand aligns with Musk’s intention to make the platform more than a communication app, like Tencent’s popular WeChat app in China. The new X symbol is distinctive and expresses a sense of mystery. […]
Key Takeaway: Barbie is one of America’s most trusted brands, with worldwide sales of US$1.5 billion in 2022 and a brand value of US$590 million. Mattel has used a “multiply” strategy to increase brand visibility and storytelling tactics to sustain interest in the brand. Mattel’s strategy of targeting older consumers through nostalgia and designer and […]
Key Takeaway: Amazon with a market capitalization of over $1.5 trillion and net revenue of $386 billion in 2020. Customer Service and Convenience is one of the key factors that has contributed to its success. Amazon’s focus on customer service and convenience has played a major role in its success. Innovative Business Model is another […]
Key Takeaways: Netflix has released hundreds of Originals and plans to spend $8 billion over the next year on content. Each production is a mountain of operational and logistical challenges that consumes and produces tremendous amounts of data. At Netflix’s scale, this is further amplified to levels seldom encountered before in the history of entertainment. […]
How Pluralsight wants everyone to access the skills they need to thrive in the digital age. Tech Trends went back to the Silicon Slopes of Salt Lake City last week to check out this year’s Pluralsight LIVE. After last year’s amazing line-up which included Michelle Obama, expectations were pretty high, but the conference managed take […]
The Tokyo 2021 Olympics will be the first Games to take place with no spectators. The sight of sparsely populated stadiums and arenas has, of course, become common during the pandemic – and sports economists have studied the impact this has had on athletic performance. But the Olympics are different. For so many athletes, reaching the […]
Nintendo is the world’s most widely known video game company. Having been a major player in the video game industry since the late 1970s, Nintendo’s influence on the video game industry has been both widespread and undeniable. Like every company, they’ve had their ups and downs, and are currently on a rather large “up”, thanks […]
Literate cultures use writing as a kind of ‘knowledge technology.’ Unlike older, oral cultures, they are able to store human intelligence outside the human brain. Literate cultures change the kind of knowledge that humanity can experience. In the coming era of machine intelligence, we face a transformation that will similarly transform what humans can know. Epic Knowledge I just […]
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Key Takeaways: The chance of someone being killed by space junk falling from the sky may seem ridiculously tiny. A new study, published in Nature Astronomy, has estimated the chance of causalities from falling rocket parts over the next ten years. Most studies of such space debris have focused on the risk generated in orbit […]
Meaning in life reflects the feeling that one’s existence has significance, purpose, and coherence (see Heintzelman and King, 2014). A growing body of research identifies meaning in life as a fundamental human need that strongly influences both psychological and physical well-being (see Vail and Routledge, 2020). Individuals who perceive their lives as full of meaning live longer, […]
My colleagues and I recently found that we were able to train mice to voluntarily increase the size and frequency of seemingly random dopamine impulses in their brains. Conventional wisdom in neuroscience has held that dopamine levels change solely in response to cues from the world outside of the brain. Our new research shows that increases […]
Key Takeaways: The subject of a new Netflix series, “Inventing Anna,” Sorokin, who told people her name was Anna Delvey, conned over $250,000 out of wealthy acquaintances and high-end Manhattan businesses between 2013 and 2017. What’s fascinating about these studies is that most participants are cynical about ever seeing their money again – let alone […]
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Key Takeaway: Slavoj Žižek, a philosopher and cultural theorist, has written numerous books on various topics, including philosophy, psychoanalysis, pop culture, and commentary on recent events. He is known for his controversial debate with Jordan Peterson in 2019 about the connection between Marxism, capitalism, and happiness. Žižek’s work often critiques political ideologies, which can explain […]
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An impactful Online Presence for any business forms the backbone of the marketing success of an organization today. Most organizations aim to create a rewarding Online Presence but many have succeeded. In majority of cases, the reason for this failure is none other than an unplanned approach towards the online marketing process. The essence of […]
Three years since TikTok was launched, the video-sharing social network grown rapidly to accumulate more than two billion downloads, one of the most popular apps of the moment, beating even Instagram or YouTube in consumption time in the United States, United Kingdom or Spain, particularly among younger age segments. TikTok might be described as a repository of canned content to be […]
At a recent marketing meeting, a Red Bull employee showed a world map cartoon making fun of the stereotypical US-centric (and sometimes ignorant about the importance of other nations) world view.Not my type of humour, but also not a message of racism. In response, the joke was leaked in an attempt to punish the not-woke-enough corporate […]
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This article was originally published here: Lindsey Pogue – Founder Roar Press LLC. Being dyslexic has not deterred Lindsey Pogue from becoming an author and publisher. What’s your story? I am a dyslexic history nerd and hopeless romantic turned successful indie author and publishing press owner. I wrote my first manuscript in high school, when […]
This article was originally published here: Sir Angel Redoble – Group Chief Information Security Officer at PLDT Group & Smart Communications Sir Angel Redoble’s determination to make cyberspace a safer place is what has driven him to create an organisation dedicated to that goal. What’s your story? Today, I am the Group Chief Information Security […]
This article was originally published here: Terence Clarke – Founder of CastleCourt, DailyCoach and GrowthHub Terence Clarke believes that everyone has the answers to life’s questions and, as a coach, it is for him to help them find them. What’s your story? Born in Ireland, I grew up in England and I’ve lived and studied […]
This article was originally published here: Sharmin Prince – Founder & Executive Director Eagles Empowered to Soar Sharmin Prince is committed to helping others reach their full potential. What’s your story? I am Sharmin Prince, a woman who has persevered through many hardships, yet still has an optimistic view of the future. I am not […]
This article was originally published here: Colin Thompson – Founder of Oligye Enterprises Realising that the effect of motivational speaking was short-lived, Colin Thompson moved into life coaching to enable him to make a greater difference to clients lives. What’s your story? After several years of practice, I developed the ability to visualize my wiser-elder-self. […]
This article was originally published here: Mohamed Abdullah – CEO of Hobbs Holdings & the Owner of the Canadian 2 For 1 Pizza in Singapore Despite having been serving his particular brand of pizza for 17 years, eating them with friends and family is still Mohamed Abdullah’s favourite way to unwind. What’s your story? My […]
This article was originally published here: Bentley Cheng – Founder of FinStyle app and Infinite Digital Solutions Bentley Cheng enjoys being a disrupter and has created a business where he can do that in the financial sector. What’s your story? I am the founder of FinStyle app and Infinite Digital Solutions. Understanding the stigma that […]
This article was originally published here: Chanequa Strickland – Founder & CEO of Strickland’s House Of Herbs Co A love of farming has given Chenequa Strickland the opportunity to create a herbal business. What’s your story? I’ve always been into farming so I dedicated the last 17 years to farming things such as winter wheat, […]
This article was originally published here: Griffin Graham – Co-Founder & President, Community Nest Foundation Griffin Graham’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life of disenfranchised people has led to the formation of a community resource. What’s your story? I grew up in Brooklyn, New York in an impoverished and abusive home environment and in […]
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Key Takeaways: How many intelligent civilisations should there be in our galaxy right now? Drake stated that the total rate is equal to the rate at which suitable stars are formed, multiplied by the fraction of those stars that have planets. There is evidence that multicellular life started more than onceon Earth, so becoming multicellular […]
This week Forbes has officially announced and unveiled its prestigious list for “30 Under 30” and it is with great joy that we have discovered that one of our founders at The Asian Entrepreneur, Melvin Poh has made the cut as one of Forbes’ featured entrepreneurs in 2019. Being selected as one of the honourees […]
One of the great myths of the energy transition is the battery problem. There’s widespread concern about their cost, as well as the question of what we are going to do with ones that have to be replaced, which are often reported as potentially dangerous to the environment. It’s true that batteries were once expensive […]
Bibliophiles who love a good mystery, or conspiracy, should be familiar with the Voynich Manuscript. In the article that follows I’ll take you through a quick overview of this mystery and then provide you with some links for further reading. Enjoy! The mysterious Voynich Manuscript has been hanging around for almost 500 years, most of […]
Key Takeaways: Physicists have long struggled to explain why the universe started out with conditions suitable for life to evolve. But another is that our universe is a computer simulation, with someone (perhaps an advanced alien species) fine-tuning the conditions. This leads to the extraordinary possibility that our entire universe might in fact be computer […]
I recently had dinner with co-founders of a startup who’d just raised quite a bit of money for their company, a deal which incidentally I’d passed on. The meal was fantastic: fresh salmon from the bay, washed down with a particularly good New Zealand pinot noir, while watching the sun go down over the water. […]
The topic of Purpose has become one with increasing salience in the world of business. You can read about it in Forbes, HBR, Inc. and Fast Company. But it appears that the mainstream business press hasn’t really taken on the subject with much depth. If you know Simon Sinek, you are familiar with his concept from “Start with Why”. He describes simply […]
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