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Email won’t go away any time soon | L’email ne s’en ira pas de sitôt | plerudulier

How many times have I read how dreadful email is killing business, how much time was wasted just to be able to empty one’s inbox; I may even have contributed every now and then.

Email is to remain for quite some time simply because of the way we work. If you have ever viewed presentations or tutorials of Slack which is meant to literally kill emails you may have realized that the demo scenario is systematically a unique project everybody seems to be working on at the same time. In the real life it doesn’t work that way : everybody is assigned to work on sets of projects which one rarely shares with anybody else.

Source: Email won’t go away any time soon | L’email ne s’en ira pas de sitôt | plerudulier

Smart forms in place of data bases ? | Des formulaires intelligents au lieu de base de données ? | plerudulier

Let me be clear on this «smart form» thing and what, in my mind, it represents : one knows what a pdf form is: «Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, in…

Source: Smart forms in place of data bases ? | Des formulaires intelligents au lieu de base de données ? | plerudulier

Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook – ©[NYTimes.com]

A recent Pew Research Center poll shows that 93 percent of the public believes that “being in control of who can get information about them is important,” and yet the amount of information we generate online has exploded and we seldom know where it all goes.

Facebook and other social networking sites that collect vast amounts of user data are financed by ads. Just this week Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, announced plans to open users’ feeds to more advertisers. The dirty secret of this business model is that Internet ads aren’t worth much. Ask Ethan Zuckerman, who in the 1990s helped found Tripod.com, one of the web’s earliest ad-financed sites with user-generated content. He even helped invent the pop-up ad because corporations were wary of the user content appearing next to their ads. He came to regret both: the pop-up and the ad-financed business model. The former is annoying but it’s the latter that is helping destroy the fabric of a rich, pluralistic Internet.

via Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook – NYTimes.com.

Organizing documents like playing Lego™

In computer sciencetransclusion is the inclusion of part or all of anelectronic document into one or more other documents by reference.

I found out, recently, about what it really meant to implement ‘transclusion’ while tinkering with Tiddlywiki. In addition to using the feature it kept going round in my head that the concept could also be used elsewhere.

Organizing documents like playing Lego™.

Google patents robots with personalities in first step towards the singularity • ©[independent.co.uk]

Google has been awarded a patent for the ‘methods and systems for robot personality development’, a glimpse at a future where robots react based on data they mine from us and hopefully don’t unite and march on city hall.

The company outlines a process by which personalities could be downloaded from the cloud to “provide states or moods representing transitory conditions of happiness, fear, surprise, perplexion, thoughtfulness, derision and so forth. ”

via Google patents robots with personalities in first step towards the singularity – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

The Quantified Workplace: Despite the Hype, Not All That Useful Yet • ©[theatlantic.com]

The Quantified Workplace: Despite the Hype, Not All That Useful Yet — The Atlantic

Five or six years ago, companies realized that they were sitting on a wealth of data about their own employees. “People started to realize, ‘Wait a minute, there’s a lot of data in here that we’re not using. Some of it is wrong. It’s not very clean,'” says Josh Bersin, the founder of Bersin by Deloitte, an HR research and advisory arm of Deloitte. “But if we look at it like we look at customer data, we could probably make much better decisions about who to promote, where they should be in the company, what role they would be successful at.'”

Since then, the people-analytics industry has emerged, with companies using algorithms and Big Data to recruit and assess employees. One report from McKinsey Global Institute estimated that social technologies, such as internal networking tools, can boost not only employee happiness, but also productivity by up to 25 percent.

via The Quantified Workplace: Despite the Hype, Not All That Useful Yet — The Atlantic.

The dark side of the Californian dream ► [telos-eu.com] ©Fred Turner

The dark side of the Californian dream - Telos

Before I boarded a plane to Paris last December, one of my American colleagues took me aside: “French audiences are very critical,” he warned me. “Polite, but very critical.” Thus, I was not surprised when I finished my lecture at EHESS and watched what had appeared to be an easygoing and attentive audience rise up to take sharp, concerted aim at my pessimistic account of the history and future of American technoculture.

What did surprise me were their hopes. As the questions tumbled out, they revealed a shared dismay with the state of France today. Questioners pointed to the rise of the National Front; to high rates of unemployment; to the persistence of racism and xenophobia. Surely, they suggested, the entrepreneurial individualism of California hacker culture could help dig them out of this mess. Silicon Valley and San Francisco – weren’t they geographically entwined examples of how egalitarian culture and economic growth might nourish one another?

via The dark side of the Californian dream – Telos.

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