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Sustainability might not be sexy, but life depends on it
"That’s 5 million units a year, all which generate data, and all of which need energy and resources in their creation. Chris suggests that by 2030 most people will have 15 devices, all generating data because “everything computes at the edge and everywhere”. He’s seen research that suggests we will run out of gold by 2030. Yikes!"
trends  &  concepts  cloud  corporate  culture  edge  computing  future  hm19  hpe  hybrid  innovation  strategy  supply  chain  sustainability 
13 days ago by jonerp
How IBM’s Corporate Culture Evolved: Work Songs, Muppets, and AI
"CNBC adds that “cloud services and other modernization” have now allowed IBM to eliminate 30% of its human resources jobs — which apparently includes some career guidance features. “By better understanding data patterns and adjacent skills, IBM AI can zero in on an individual’s strengths,” CNBC reports. “In turn, this can enable a manager to direct an employee to future opportunities they may not have seen using traditional methods.”
culture 
15 days ago by jonerp
The Evolving Role of the Modern Developer
"Today’s software is getting better, but it’s because of developers who partner with product to understand and empathize with users. Developers who don’t understand this will find themselves increasingly left behind. The modern developer will stop writing code in a vacuum and seek a detailed understanding of what the customer really wants to accomplish with their brand. To do this, the developer will play an active role in communicating with the customer success team — perhaps even participate in Customer Advisory Board meetings — to get a better understanding of their needs and what keeps them up at night."
culture  programming  languages  contributed 
18 days ago by jonerp
IT Spending: Top Down vs. Decentralized Decision Making
"Looking at the list of current and future organizational changes, decentralization is obviously not a priority for IT leaders. Only 8 percent plan to move IT budgets to individual business units while 34 percent want to move them towards the CIO. Furthermore, only 12 percent plan to co-locate IT staff to business units."
culture  research  this  week  in  numbers 
4 weeks ago by jonerp
Why Empathy in Open Source Matters More Than You Think
"Willingness to build empathy into your processes can have enormous, real-world consequences. I recently heard a fantastic talk by Nickolas Means about the Three Mile Island disaster. Most of the popular analyses of the incident trace the root cause to “human error” and stop there. But here’s the thing: chalking things up to human error is lazy. It’s much harder, and more insightful, to prod further at why those human errors occurred."
cloud  native  culture  devops  sponsored 
6 weeks ago by jonerp
How to Design Inclusion into a Tech Event
"“A diverse lineup of speakers is one thing. We try to be diverse but we’ve ended up focusing more on gender diversity than other measures of diversity,” Kennedy said.

A part of a growing trend, at least in the tech space, DevOpsDays London works to give away a lot of tickets, reaching out to groups like Women Who Code and Black Girls Code. When the conference organizers had leftover money, they decided to give away even more tickets in 2018, allowing anyone to self-identify as under-represented or unwaged."
culture 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Should We Be Worried about Pricing Algorithms Colluding?
"The researchers point out that the laws in both Europe and the U.S. only bar explicit, intentional collusion — and not this intuited, no-communication collusion, “on the grounds that it is unlikely to occur among human agents and that, even if it did occur, it would be next to impossible to detect.”

But is that same leniency still appropriate in a world of automated algorithms? Their paper acknowledges that “Though no real-world evidence of autonomous algorithmic collusion has been produced so far, antitrust agencies are actively debating the problem.”
culture  machine  learning 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Let’s Take the Cult out of Silicon Valley Culture
"I’m not saying long work hours, free lunch, and and ping pong tables are bad. I am saying that many Silicon Valley cultures border on cults. Leaders should pay attention to this and try to avoid falling into common cult patterns, for example, by ensuring diverse recruiting programs, by building on-boarding programs that are more training than brainwashing, and by creating a culture that values dissenting opinions."
culture  leadership  management  uncategorized  core  values  norms 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Digital Transformation, IT, and the Rest of the Company
"The IT department and the rest of the company don’t always see eye-to-eye, but everyone agrees that achieving greater operational efficiency is a top priority for DX. Non-IT believes producing revenue and reducing costs are primary priorities for digital transformation, while those are only secondary concerns for IT. In contrast, IT is more interested in integration, security, and maintaining system resilience."
cloud  native  culture  research  this  week  in  numbers 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
The End of Tribalism in Software
"How many times in the software industry have you heard developers fight over which programming language is better? How many times have you heard about that one pattern that will fix all of our problems moving forward?

We as an industry are very tribal when it comes to our technologies, programming languages and architectural patterns — it’s either our pattern or theirs; it’s either my language or yours. For a long time, it’s always been us vs. them. Finally, this is coming to an end."
culture  contributed  open  source 
12 weeks ago by jonerp
The What and Why of a Unified Security Strategy
"Build a multi-layered defense. A multi-layered security system is one that secures multiple types of components — like storage, networking and application runtimes. Not only is multi-layered security critical in today’s complex environments, but it’s the only way to build a broad, unified security architecture. Some of your environments or infrastructure may not have all of the layers you secure; for example, a bare-metal containerized environment won’t have a virtualization hypervisor for you to worry about. But you should still focus on securing all layers so that you cover all layers that exist in all of your environments;"
application  security  culture  sponsored 
january 2019 by jonerp
AIOps and the Myth of Efficient Multitasking
"When applying this to IT, monotasking means organizing, streamlining, and prioritizing individual tasks wherever possible. To a certain extent, IT Ops has to react to notification of problems — but those should be few and far between. An IT department that is constantly in fire-fighting mode cannot also be thinking strategically about the future. Attempts to make wide-ranging strategic changes while also jumping on incoming tickets and keeping one eye on an event queue is a sure-fire recipe for missing a semicolon somewhere, leading to major production outages."
culture  contributed 
january 2019 by jonerp
Why It Is Difficult to Hire for DevOps?
"1. Yes, there is a DevOps dilemma. What we understood is the meaning of DevOps and its practices can be different for different companies; hence there is still a dilemma regarding the definition of what exactly DevOps is. As we dig further, there are no set universal principles for implementing DevOps.

In some cases, it can be difficult to establish DevOps practices in established companies because of their need to maintain existing environments and legacy applications. This makes it hard for engineers to get their hands on modern DevOps practices and tools."
culture  devops  contributed 
january 2019 by jonerp
Tech Ethics New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Build Software You Will Regret
"The Institute of Future and the Tech and Society Solutions Lab together created a collection of PDFs which form an Ethical OS Toolkit which helps tech teams anticipate the future impact of today’s technology. For anyone delegated organizational ethical considerations — and, again, everyone should be considering it — this toolkit includes eight zones to help you identify emerging areas of risk and social harm for your software’s future:

Truth, disinformation, and propaganda
Addiction and dopamine economy
Economic and asset inequalities
Machine ethics and algorithmic biases
Surveillance state
Data control and monetization
Implicit trust and user understanding
Hateful and criminal actors"
culture  devops 
january 2019 by jonerp
Humans vs. Algorithms: A Look Back at 2018
"Yet the march of technology is unmistakable, and sometimes a little ominous. China deployed facial recognition technology at checkpoints around the country. But Taylor Swift used a similar technology to spot stalkers at her concerts. And the same technique is also being used by historians to identify people in Civil War photos. It’s even being used to track and manage populations of animals — sometimes, endangered species — leading to what New York magazine described as “a growing cornucopia of animal faces loaded into databases.”
culture  machine  learning 
december 2018 by jonerp
Who Is in Charge of Developing a DevOps Culture?
"She pointed out that the DevOps approach, where in some cases everyone can deploy to production, is diametrically opposed to the norm at many companies, where you keep technical systems “safe” by keeping technical change rare, and entrusting change only to a small, privileged group."
culture  devops  sponsored 
november 2018 by jonerp
How Culture Will Make or Break Cloud Native DevOps
"“So, there’s been a massive cultural shift and to adopt agile working DevOps, but I think the bank really wants change so it’s embracing this change so it’s open to challenging new ideas,” Razzell said.

HSBC also made the cultural shift by acquiring people from outside of the banking sector “because they want to change their culture from within and they want to bring out that new ideas,” Razzell said."
culture  devops  ebook  series  article  sponsored 
november 2018 by jonerp
Developer Talent is Now the Biggest Challenge to Companies
"When you look at the average week of a developer, about 4 hours are spent on bad code and almost 14 hours on technical debt. That’s about 33 percent on technical debt and 9.2 percent on bad code: a total of 42.2 percent of their time not spent building new code!"
culture 
october 2018 by jonerp
How KeyBank Used DevOps to Overcome Cost, Complexity, and Legacy Constraints
"Rzeszotarski emphasized the importance of containers as “Rather than have to have 15 teams have to put their hands into the solution to release it, it’s all built within code. It’s reusable. You’re putting that responsibility back to the app team to manage it and we are making it testable and we are using Kubernetes to put the rails up to guard it and make sure it’s highly available and highly reliable.”"
case  study  culture  events  top  stories  devops  kubernetes 
august 2018 by jonerp
Why Community Manager Is a Dead-End Job — and What to Do About It
"Without measurable objectives, roadmap and resources it’s very hard to demonstrate your value to a recruiter or to argue for a raise and a promotion. Having a job as a “community manager” means that there you need to build your own ladder to go up in salary and responsibilities. That’s why I steered my job searches towards a clearer marketing function. Luckily, I managed to leap to DreamHost as Director of Marketing and then to my current role at Scality with a similar title."
contributed  culture  top  stories 
august 2018 by jonerp
Are Programmers Ethically (and Legally) Responsible for Their Code?
"Anne Currie, founder of the Coed Ethics conference, says that it’s not that developers don’t care, it’s that they don’t think they have any power to make a difference — and she argues they do. While the conference had a lot about the psychological and philosophical basis to decision making and some examples of where profits and world domination can win the ethical debate, it also had some actionable takeaways. Today we’re going to share just what developers can do to influence the ethical decision making within their companies and a couple examples when they did just that."
culture  events  top  stories 
august 2018 by jonerp
The People Pushing for a Decentralized Web
"“There are a set of common problems that the web is not able to address,” Dietrich Ayala, developer advocate at Mozilla, wrote in a recent blog post. After listing a series of issues “critical internet health issues” from net neutrality to government censorship, it decries “centralization of power in the hands of a few large companies who have economic interests in not solving these problems.”
culture  top  stories 
august 2018 by jonerp
The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen
"More than anyone else, Carreyrou deserves credit for pulling the wool from so many credulous eyes regarding Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. Outlets like Fortune and Wired were writing hagiographic puff pieces about this precocious college dropout and her plan to save the world; Carreyrou was pointing out inconvenient facts, like the company's inability to accurately conduct most of the hundreds of blood tests it claimed to have revolutionized. He credits pathologist Adam Clapper—who wrote the now-defunct Pathology Blawg—for tipping him off that something wasn't entirely right."
gaming  &  culture  science  bad  blood  book  review  john  carreyrou  theranos 
july 2018 by jonerp
Tech Ethics: Can Developers Save the Earth, One Container at a Time?
"Currie said when Google invented containers and container orchestration, the original goal of increasing efficiency in its data centers. As a result, it was able to achieve more than 70 percent efficiency in their data centers when compared with the ten percent industry standard. Not only is Google going greener, but — meeting the original intent of the goal — it is saving loads on energy bills."
analysis  culture  top  stories  containers 
july 2018 by jonerp
Why Serverless Requires Rethinking the IT Department
"Beyond that, the biggest differences between how serverless teams work compared with usual DevOps and application engineering teams can be summed up by Johnston’s formula: Slack and Automate and Document (SAD). Serverless engineers need a broad skillset, they are pragmatic hackers. “Because functions are small, but also high-value units, engineers need to be able to ship them fast. They don’t need to make them overly complicated, they don’t need to be perfect,” suggested Johnston, “they just need to work, and if they break, a new one can easily be built.”
culture  technology  top  stories  serverless 
may 2018 by jonerp
Walmart’s Blockchain Program May Transform the Way We Use Data
"A second pilot program involved mangos, which take a very long journey from farm to table. First, they’re shipped to a packing house, delivered to the U.S., then processed again and packaged for shipping and distribution by truck to thousands of Walmart (and Sam’s Club) stores. Yiannis remembers bringing a package of mangos to a team meeting and challenging his staff to tell him where it came from. “It took us six days, 18 hours and 26 minutes… Almost seven days… Ad we do better than most.” But after implementing a blockchain-based system, a trace back to source took just 2.2 seconds. “That’s food traceability at the speed of thought. As fast as you could think it, we could know it.”
analysis  culture  blockchain 
may 2018 by jonerp
What Role Should Colleges Play in Workplace Training?
"Data doesn’t support this either, according to a recent article in The Street. “When it comes to middle-skills jobs, Fuller found no difference in performance among people with and without a college degree. Yet employers still look for people with college degrees, who only make up about one-third of the entire workforce.” Fuller explains it with a fishing metaphor. “When you start up-credentialing your jobs you’re doing the equivalent of rowing your boat over to this tightly crowded part of the pond. Maybe there are fish elsewhere.”
culture  top  stories  communication  skills  diversity  education  google  harvard  university  stem  the  city  of  new  york  training 
january 2018 by jonerp
Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases
"It seems that machines can and do indeed assimilate human prejudices, whether they are based on race, gender, age or aesthetics. Experts are now finding more evidence that supports this phenomenon of algorithmic bias. As sets of instructions that help machines to learn, reason, recognize patterns and perform tasks on their own, algorithms increasingly pervade our lives. And in a world where algorithms already underlie many of those big decisions that can change lives forever, researchers are finding that many of these algorithms aren’t as objective as we assume them to be."
culture  research  science  technology  top  stories  algorithmic  auditing  bias  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  bias-correction  data  development 
december 2017 by jonerp
Could an AI Generate the First Line of a Novel?
"And of course, the other half of the fun is sharing the ridiculous results on her blog. For example, given a dataset of 37,265 fish names, the neural network tried its hardest to generate its own. And last week Shane trained it on the first lines from 224 Disney songs. But this month Shane turned her attention to one of the most human endeavors of all: writing a novel. “When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” Shane joked on her web page. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”
culture  research  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  char-rnn  national  novel  writing  month  novel-generating  neural  networks  tech  the  arts  and  science  torch 
december 2017 by jonerp
Tech Ageism and the Myth of the ‘Digital Native’
"It turns out that older employees are not discriminated against once they are hired. Exceptions exist, of course, but the data shows that after 40, non-manager tech workers enter the “Tech Sage Age” (a term coined by Visier). Visier found workers in the Tech Sage Age are increasingly likely to receive top performance ratings. This is not true in non-tech industries, said Weisbeck, where older workers find their performance ratings decline."
culture  top  stories  ageism  cisco  digital  native  discrimination  diversity  employment  intuit  mcafee  tech  visier 
november 2017 by jonerp
Should There Be a ‘Robot Tax’ to Offset Human Job Loss from Automation?
"Yet, the fears around machines creating mass joblessness may be overhyped. Some analysts point out that automation may take over certain types of work, but historically such technological shifts have helped to create more jobs than they have eliminated. But what is different about this emerging revolution this time around is that not only are blue-collar jobs potentially threatened by our increasing reliance on machines, but also highly skilled, white-collar jobs as well — think about the recent rise of fintech or the growing use of robotics in healthcare."
culture  top  stories  automation  robotics  robots  tech 
september 2017 by jonerp
Microservices: The Good, the Bad and the Hype
"Microservices may bring many benefits to the enterprise but they also can bring some headaches, especially if you are not anticipating them, argued engineer Michal Franc, during his talk at the Agile Roundabout meetup held in London last month.

Franc presented microservices as a costly tool to solve problems — but those problems have to generate a lot of profit to make it valuable. "
culture  technology  top  stories  agile  roundabout  domain-driven  architecture  design  google  microservices  netflix  spotify  model  waterfall 
september 2017 by jonerp
How Should Bots Respond to Frustration?
"Sherry Turkle, who focuses on human-technology interactions as the director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Initiative on Technology and Self, worries this may lead to a “coarsening of how people treat each other.” She tells CNN that “We treat machines as though they were people.” So where this may lead is “We are drawn into treating people as though they were machines.”
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  alexa  american  academy  of  pediatrics  artificial  intelligence  chatbots  cortana  current  development  ibm 
september 2017 by jonerp
No Testing, No Documentation, No Problem?
"These days, the ideas of “No Testing” and “No Documentation” are seeing a resurgence in the agile-focus development community.

What exactly are these trends? Quite literally, they are software development without testing or documentation. But this is an intentional decision, not in the too-common way that you run out of time and/or budget to do proper testing or to write good documentation."
analysis  culture  top  stories  acceptance  test  drive  development  agile  testing  apis  behavior-driven  code  as  documentation  company  extreme  programming 
august 2017 by jonerp
Coding in Prison: The Dev Shop at San Quentin
"It’s an opportunity to live our values,” says Steven Hawkins, president of the Coalition. “One of the main ways to keep people from returning to prison is through employment opportunities.”
culture  top  stories  education  first  virtual  holdings  hack  reactor  tech  the  last  mile  training  workforce 
august 2017 by jonerp
Breaking Through the Big Business Barricade with Open Source
"Software is eating the world, and no company can sit on the sidelines anymore. What attracted me to both of these companies was their vision and their history of evolving with the industry and customer needs. Each of these companies had already started their transformational journey to open source, and I knew that I could be a part of that."
contributed  culture  interviews  top  stories  comcast  linux  foundation  open  source  communities  summit  2017  sandisk  tech 
august 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft’s Monopoly Hangover - by @benthompson
"This is why I don’t give Ballmer too much credit for Office 365 and Azure: the products of Microsoft’s future were there, but the Windows-centric business model was constricting every part of the company to an ever-shrinking share of the overall market; Nadella’s greatest success has been taking off that straitjacket."
articles  business  models  cloud  computing  culture  differentiation  enterprise  evolution  of  ibm  incentives  making  money  microsoft  product  management 
july 2017 by jonerp
How Non-Disparagement Clauses Hide Toxic Workplace Culture
"Ehmke’s experience is not unique, but no one hears these stories because non-disparage clauses are rampant in the tech industry. They are essentially hush money.

It’s one reason that so many people were unaware of the rampant sexism exposed by ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler earlier this year and popping up since across the industry. A common theme from non-marginalized populations among Twitter threads has been “If this is so prevalent, why haven’t I heard about it?”
analysis  culture  news  op-ed  top  stories  diversity  github  hiring  inclusion  legal  tech 
july 2017 by jonerp
How Allstate Unleashes Developer Creativity Globally
"When Allstate began embracing lean and agile ways of developing new customer experiences with cloud applications, unsurprisingly, the approach it took was unique. Rather than starting in one location and rolling out its new modus operandi location by location, it leveraged its global presence to devise new methods of keeping disparate teams in sync, collaborating, and participating in the company’s transformation together."
contributed  culture  top  stories  agile  transformation  allstate  cloud  foundry  compozed  labs  platform  as  a  service 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden Biases that Can Lurk in Artificial Intelligence Systems
"Artificial intelligence and “automated decision-making” systems are being implemented in many crucial real-world settings, cutting humans out of the decisions that these systems are making. But how sure are we that the decisions they arrive at are fundamentally correct?

Researchers are finding a startling number cases of human bias that have crept into AI models and decision-making algorithms, which in turn can unwittingly lead to discriminatory practices on the part of companies and governments deploying these systems."
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  ai  now  american  civil  liberties  union  artificial  intelligence  development  diversity  fivethirtyeight  google  microsoft 
july 2017 by jonerp
Geeks on the Ground at ChefConf Answer Basic Questions about Diversity
"Jonathan Parnell, BrickworkX, IT strategist, who co-founded Tulivia and ran its training division, also said an opportunity to STEM education is key. He got into IT through STEM programs in school, he explained, and that rare opportunity has lead to a 30-year career. “Kids need equal access to STEM education across economic levels,” Parnell said, “especially minorities and girls need to get access to this training.”
events  interviews  video  chefconf  2017  company  culture  diversity  eric  nichter  ice  cybersecurity  inclusion  optum 
july 2017 by jonerp
The New Urban Crisis: Are Tech Startups Destroying Cities?
"Florida’s latest article could be seen as part of a long and ongoing apology. “I got wrong that the creative class could magically restore our cities, become a new middle class like my father’s, and we were going to live happily forever after,” Florida told an audience in Houston in October. “I could not have anticipated among all this urban growth and revival that there was a dark side to the urban creative revolution, a very deep dark side.”
culture  top  stories  real  estate  startups  university  of  toronto  urban  development 
july 2017 by jonerp
AI Robot Investors Are Taking Over Wall Street
"Wall Street money managers are now being replaced by computers.

Last week Bloomberg spoke to 45-year-old Rishi Ganti, founding partner of Orthogon Partners, who bluntly told money managers that “Algorithms are coming for your job … Algorithms are already reading, processing, and trading the news even before the photons have hit your retina.”
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  barclays  blackrock  fintech  massachusetts  institute  of  technology  orthogon  partners  webreduce  work 
june 2017 by jonerp
Uber just ensured that their toxic culture will persist - by @jbernoff
"Uber’s culture is aggressive with questionable ethics. Yesterday they announced the reforms they will make, and also said CEO Travis Kalanick would take a leave. Kalanick’s leave will ensure that none of the proposed cultural changes will happen."
about  corporate  culture  emil  michael  travis  kalanick  uber 
june 2017 by jonerp
The Junior Dev Who Deleted the Production Database
"The top response on Hacker News also had no sympathy for the company. “Sorry, but if a junior dev can blow away your prod database by running a script on his _local_ dev environment while following your documentation, you have no one to blame but yourself. Why is your prod database even reachable from his local env? What does the rest of your security look like? Swiss cheese I bet.”
culture  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  data  databases  reddit  forums  security  tech 
june 2017 by jonerp
Women Engineers Who Inspire and Never Give Up - podcast via @alexwilliams
"In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Margaret Mayer, vice president of engineering at Capital One, and Ashley McNamara, principal technologist at Pivotal. Recorded at the OSCON open source conference in Austin in April, the conversation centered on mentoring and tips for women who may be shy or don’t want to speak up."
culture  events  interviews  podcast  top  stories  #ilooklikeanengineer  diversity  inclusion  kubernetes  open  source  communities  oscon  2017  software  engineering 
june 2017 by jonerp
What’s the Role of the CIO in a Modern Agile Organization?
"Schwartz also argues that we need to change the “unit of transaction” between IT and the business: the project. We still constantly transact and govern in projects. By changing this unit, we can release from Waterfall-style control."e
culture  events  top  stories  agile  enterprise  software  development  benefits  of  cios  command  and  control  company  devops  summit 
june 2017 by jonerp
Big Data Comes to Pet Tech
"Azhnyuk says there’s a two-fold appeal in this new breed of technology. First, it can give pet owners new insights into their pets — and of course, “We can be close to them even when we’re not in the same physical space.”
culture  top  stories  data  fitbark  petbot  petcube  pets  petzi  petzitreatcam  playdate  startups  tech 
june 2017 by jonerp
Hostile Texas Bathroom Bill Forces Tech Conference Organizers to Look Beyond Austin
"A proposed bathroom bill making its way through the Texas state legislature is viewed as so hostile that tech conference organizers are now looking for more hospitable locales to host their events."
culture  news  top  stories  bathroom  bill  cloud  native  computing  foundation  diversity  hashicorp  inclusion  legislation  tech  texas 
may 2017 by jonerp
The Linux Foundation and Its Critics
"Yet although Garrett’s criticisms were largely unsupported, they were repeated uncritically, including on the popular FOSS Force site, under the headline “Linux Foundation sells out.” The article attracted another series of criticisms altogether: that the Foundation had no interest in desktop Linux and was no more than “another corporate power play,” and that the community needed to fight the “hypocrisy” of corporations and ensure that they never controlled the direction of open source development."
analysis  culture  op-ed  top  stories  core  infrastructure  initiative  linux  foundation  technical  advisory  board  microsoft  open  source  communities  software  freedom  conservancy  tech 
may 2017 by jonerp
How Humans React When AIs Replace Them
"The Times isn’t the only publication that’s looking at workers training their AI replacements. A recent article in Wired described the throng of humans who are reviewing offensive videos on YouTube and AdSense advertisements. And at one point their reporter describes the business case for “churning through ad raters” — since it provides multiple perspectives for the AI that will eventually replace them. “Giving ‘the machine’ more eyes to see is going to better results,” said the CEO of AI startup Nara Logics."
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  nara  logics  tech 
may 2017 by jonerp
Atlassian Futurist Sees Teamwork, not Chatbots, Defining the Future of Work
"Not to worry, said Dominic Price, who is the head of research and development and resident “work futurist” at Atlassian. During a recent phone interview he noted that in the last 144 years, technology created more jobs than it took away. True, there has been mass displacement and the actual roles that remain are very different, but overall more jobs have been created. He doesn’t think artificial intelligence, or intelligence assistance, or machine learning, or whatever term you want to use will be any different."
culture  interviews  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  atlassian  education  tns  management  training 
april 2017 by jonerp
Culture begats creativity – a gapingvoid perspective - by @dahowlett
"Culture and creativity go hand in hand but what is the reality and is the notion of creative business a pipedream? Gapingvoid is optimistic but makes clear the need for significant change management. That starts at the top."
future  of  work  talent  management  culture 
april 2017 by jonerp
Can Artificial Intelligence Fix the Monopoly Board Game?
"It turns out that poor Mediterranean Avenue — exactly one square past “Go” — is the square least likely to be landed on, so its return on investment drops quite a bit. Multiplying the two numbers together yields the “actual” return on investment — that is, their probability-adjusted return — and this shows Mediterranean’s returns are 49 percent below average"
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  board  games  do  it  yourself  ludible  monopoly  tech 
april 2017 by jonerp
10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving into Management - by @kellblog
"Everybody loves yes-people managers except, of course, the people who work for them. While saying yes to the boss and internal customers feels good, you will run your team ragged if you lack the backbone to say no when you need to. If you can’t say no to a bad idea or offer up reprioritization options when the team is red-lining, then don’t go into management. Saying no is an important part of the job."
culture  entrepreneurship  leadership  management  startups  coaching  communication  conflict  aversion  first-time  manager  teaching 
march 2017 by jonerp
‘Robot Tamer’ Reprograms Industrial Robots to Be Curious about Living Creatures
"Hoping to counter this somewhat irrational fear of robots, Gannon’s most recent collaboration (with the development team of Julián Sandoval, Kevyn McPhail and Ben Snell) is the creation of Mimus, an one-ton ABB IRB 6700 industrial robot that has been reprogrammed to respond to human interaction with an animal-like curiosity, currently on exhibition at London’s Design Museum."
culture  science  top  stories  algorithms  art  and  technology  atonaton  carnegie  mellon  university  design  museum  diversity  industrial  robotics  madlab 
february 2017 by jonerp
Amidst Bias, Women Work to Find a Place in Open Source Communities
"But once women find jobs in the industry, bias soon becomes apparent for many. The Bitergia study found that 40 percent of women working in the cloud said they were satisfied with their jobs, while 30 percent said they feel stereotyped and only just fewer than half said they believe their company is a true meritocracy. Meanwhile, 48 percent of women in the cloud said they feel that there is a boys’ club in senior management, and 33 percent said gender bias is part of their company culture."
analysis  culture  events  research  top  stories  coding  camps  diversity  education  github  hadoop  linux  foundation 
february 2017 by jonerp
How Shell Oil Is Taking DevOps and Agile to the Cutting Edge
"Of course, another important way to measure success in the oil and gas industry is whether or not it complied. For agile and Scrum in the heavily regulated worlds, certainly “compliant” is another definition of “done.”

Measuring cultural changes is always a challenge, but it’s a particular hurdle for such a large multinational."
analysis  case  study  culture  events  top  stories  agile  continuous  integration  and  deployment  cultural  change  devops  world  2016  scrum  tns  management 
january 2017 by jonerp
Ask these questions to subvert your bullshit culture - by @jbernoff
"Bullshit in your company is no accident. You can work on fixing it. Or you can just get people thinking by asking a few questions. When you have to collaborate on bullshit documents, your soul is in peril."
tips  bullshit  culture 
december 2016 by jonerp
Tech Diversity in 2016: The New Stack Podcasts
"The following is a year-end recap of our favorite diversity-themed podcast interviews of 2016. Topics ranged from navigating the many diverse identities are represented in the open source community, how mentoring is empowering women in the industry to reach their professional goals, why stronger leadership is crucial for increasing diversity initiatives, and how to bridge the overall diversity gap in tech. We also offer some tips for best practices surrounding diversity and inclusivity heading into 2017."
interviews  podcast  community  building  management  culture  developer  communities  diversity  individual  code  lgbt  lgbtq  open  source 
december 2016 by jonerp
The Thorny Ethics of Computer Programming
"A surprisingly wide-ranging discussion broke out last month among computer programmers to which ethical lines they just won’t cross. Coders have been sharing their own horror stories in highly-trafficked discussions on Medium, Hacker News, and Reddit. Collectively all the stories offered a glimpse into the unexpected challenges lurking in the developer world today."
culture  top  stories  application  development  ethics  tns  management  uncle  bob 
december 2016 by jonerp
Coming Out in Tech: Communication is Key
"One must keep in mind that identity is often psychopathological: it’s that thing that we only seem to sense, or at least sense most strongly when it gets rubbed the wrong way when it puts us in distress. I was feeling that friction around the topic of gender, and I had to address it somehow. For me, that meant exploring the realm of transition. After all, coming out as gay at my previous job went alright, so perhaps it was time to see how coming out as transgender would work while I had a relatively safe situation to do so."
contributed  culture  op-ed  top  stories  diversity  first  person  singular 
november 2016 by jonerp
Who You Gonna Believe? Inside the Strange, Frighteningly Influential Fake News Industry
"This expanded the conversation about fake news from just Facebook to Google. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, told the BBC, “There should just be no situation where fake news gets distributed, so we are all for doing better here.” The BBC reporter asks him several times if fake news could’ve affected America’s election results, especially since many races were close.

They report that he paused for a moment before answering “Sure.”
analysis  culture  news  top  stories  facebook  media  politics  social  viral 
november 2016 by jonerp
How to Avoid Burnout Managing an Open Source Project
"Pearce talked about how “information overload is a learning problem,” which can be addressed by managing the information when we display it for others using visual cues (bullets, paragraphs, and other visual indicators), collecting information into more digestible chunks, and creating schemas"
culture  events  top  stories  change  management  code  of  conduct  cognitive  psychology  community  documentation  open  source  communities  oscon  london  2016  time 
november 2016 by jonerp
Mesoscale Meteorology Localizes Weather Forecasting
"The Verge summarizes one of its most interesting observations: that “While the radar, satellites, and supercomputers used by National Weather Service meteorologists excelled at big-picture projections, they could provide only limited, low-resolution information about conditions on the ground in specific locations… data on things like rainfall, wind, and humidity was being collected from state to state in a chaotic, non-standardized fashion, using a hodgepodge of poorly coordinated networks.” In short, the U.S. fell short when it came to tracking “mesoscale” weather — weather systems on a smaller city or state level."
culture  science  global  warming  internet  of  things  national  oceanic  and  atmospheric  administration  weather 
november 2016 by jonerp
Predictive Policing is Real; It’s Just Not Very Effective
"“It makes us smarter. It puts us on the cutting edge of what’s going on in this country,” says George Turner, the chief of the Atlanta Police Department, in a video proudly displayed on the home page for PredPol, which produces predictive policing software.

But here’s one thing that even Phillip K. Dick couldn’t even predict: Predictive Policing doesn’t really work. At least not thus far."
analysis  culture  top  stories  big  data  cardiff  university  carnegie  mellon  analsys  human  rights  group  internet  of  things  national  institute  justice  phillip  dick  predictive  analytics 
october 2016 by jonerp
What Will Happen When Nobody Owns Cars?
"There’s any number of scenarios where it would be handy to own your own car. What happens when your date wants to leave that remote restaurant overlooking the beach — do you really want to hope there’s a self-driving Lyft vehicle nearby that can take you home? Or maybe you just don’t want Lyft knowing where you go to church. What if I’m robbing a bank? And how will teenagers park in Lover’s Lane?"
culture  top  stories  automation  autonomous  vehicles  city  planning  deep  thoughts  lyft  millenials  robotics 
october 2016 by jonerp
Why Empathy is the Secret Sauce for Good Software Development - by @jkriggins
"And things move pretty fast in development. Sometimes we don’t even remember those whys six months to a year later. This is why Bryant advocates for coding in a way that empathizes with your future self and future colleagues. If all code is a form of communication between the past and the future, an important relic of our generation, we need to strive for cleaner code, with proper documentation, READMEs and Wikis."
culture  events  top  stories  abductive  thinking  agile  software  development  api  documentation  behavior-driven  design  build  measure  learn  chaos  experiment  comparison  matrix  continuous  feedback  empathy 
september 2016 by jonerp
Win Them Alone, Lose Them Together - by @kellblog #sales
“Look, if you’re working on a deal and it starts to go south, you need to get everyone involved in working on it. First, that puts maximum resources on winning the deal and if — despite that effort — you end up losing, you want people saying ‘We lost the Acme deal,’ not ‘You lost the Acme deal.'”
leadership  management  startups  culture  engagement  help  losing  norms  politics  winning 
september 2016 by jonerp
Love in the Time of Algorithms
"But in the end, Stadil was still clinging to his fantasy that the code he wrote could’ve brought him his perfect match. “I still believe technology can hack love, though that belief is likely irrational. Technology is leverage, and I think I leveraged it wrong: the execution was fine but the strategy wasn’t.”
culture  top  stories  automation  dating  apps  mobile  tinder  twilio 
august 2016 by jonerp
What Spotify Learned From the Flop of its App Store
"Or better yet, what happened after the app platform stumble? And did their change to “speeding through failure” actually work? Frödin told us they built a Web API, which enabled them to “build a lot of interesting stuff for our users and internally,” as the API enables them to have a lot of flexibility for rapid change."
analysis  case  study  events  top  stories  api  application  programming  interface  dibbs  organizational  culture  spark  the  change  conference  spotify  tns  management 
july 2016 by jonerp
Can Technology Save Us From Bad Driving?
"Maybe the real problem is us humans. After the crash, USA Today discovered YouTube footage of other Tesla owners playing Jenga and Checkers while driving, or even taking a nap. “Even though Tesla tells drivers to ‘keep your hands on the wheel at all times and stay alert,’ the temptation to test a no-hands drive is just too much,” the article concluded."
culture  top  stories  ai  cars  self-driving 
july 2016 by jonerp
Meet Olli, the Electric Self-Driving 3D Printed Shuttle You Can Hail with a Smartphone
"The company is now working with officials to bring Olli to Miami-Dade, Las Vegas and Denmark. No doubt this exciting new possibility for self-driving public transport needs to be fully tested on the road — and fully secured on the growing (but vulnerable) Internet of Things. But we have to admit, the daily commute looks a lot less hellish with a fleet of smart vehicles that can not only chauffeur you around, but that can also come pick you up"
culture  technology  3d  printing  artificial  intelligence  cloud  computing  ibm  watson  internet  of  things  local  motors  smart  cars 
june 2016 by jonerp
Drones to Deliver Life-Saving Medical Supplies to Rwanda
"Perhaps not so surprisingly, this is where drones can save the day — or at least, that’s what American company Zipline International is counting on. The Silicon Valley startup is now piloting a drone delivery service in the African nation of Rwanda, which will see the company’s fleet of custom-built drones, nicknamed “Zips,” delivering things like medicine and even blood."
culture  technology  top  stories  drones  health  startups 
june 2016 by jonerp
Are you a 10x Programmer? Or Just a Jerk?
"Not every 10x programmer is a jerk. Far from it, Brown stipulated. But a manager that allows a super-developer to run amok over colleagues is not doing the project any favors in the long run."
analysis  culture  programming  tns  management 
june 2016 by jonerp
What Will Happen after the Robots Take Our Jobs?
"On Wednesday, even Wall Street investors began worrying about a pending robot apocalypse — or at least that moment when humankind’s jobs start being eliminated by automation in overwhelming numbers.

“Not only blue collar but now white collar professionals are being threatened by technological change,” wrote Bill Gross, who manages mutual funds at the Janus Capital Group."
culture  top  stories  automation  robotics  robots  workforce 
may 2016 by jonerp
Of organizational Operating Systems, Frameworks and Flows - by @dt
"Business is all about getting the work done and the work is a flow. Most of our organiations have vertical application silos – ERP, CRM, Email, HR, Document Management and more. Then we are adding enterprise social networks like Jive, or extra collaboration tools like Slack. The digital workplace is getting more complex"
featured  posts  trends  &  concepts  #entdigi  conference  alex  osterwalder  brain  corporate  culture  mapping  dave  gray  elephants  hierarchies  ideas  louis  gerstner 
may 2016 by jonerp
Lessons from the Dan Lyons HubSpot fable “Disrupted” - by @jbernoff
"You should read Disrupted, by Dan Lyons. And you should take notes, because this is not just a story about startups, culture clash, and the technology industry. It’s full of lessons for every worker and every business. My post is biased, because I know nearly everybody involved here."
corporate  books  culture  dan  lyons  disrupted  hubspot 
april 2016 by jonerp
Brooklyn Microgrid: A Blockchain-based Platform for Locally Traded Electricity - by @kimberlymok
"Now, a New York-based startup is proposing an alternative: a small-scale, community microgrid that will allow local residents to buy and sell the energy they produce from rooftop solar power installations, using the existing energy infrastructure and the blockchain, the same technology that underpins open source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Best of all, you don’t even need to have solar panels installed in order to participate."
culture  news  top  stories  blockchain  brooklyn  distributed  systems  ethereum  microgrids  renewable  energy  sustainability 
april 2016 by jonerp
Microsoft Plants Bash on Windows, Freaks Everyone Out
"“Hell Freezes Over,” screamed a headline at PC World, anticipating just how stunned the geek world was at Wednesday’s news that Microsoft will provide a Ubuntu Linux binary in upcoming versions of Windows 10. Then Microsoft spent the rest of the week convincing the world that it was true — with videos, tweets, blog posts, and even an outreach effort on Hacker News."
culture  events  news  top  stories  bash  microsoft  build  2016  ubuntu 
april 2016 by jonerp
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