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You are more powerful than you think

You are more powerful than you think

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Highlights from an annotated list of 17 rules for the new world of work:

You are more powerful than you think
It’s bigger than you
Leaders are made, not born
Leveling up is a choice
They say you can’t, we know you can
Dance with fear
See, assert, change
Overwhelmed is temporary
Out loud, in public
Hard work is far better than busy work
The crowd is wrong. The critics are wrong. Useful feedback is precious…
Management matters. So does leadership…
“Here, I made this.” Or possibly, “Here, we made this.”
See the end before you begin the journey
Culture defeats everything
It’s personal

Applications are now open for the next two sessions of the proven altMBA workshop. It’s time to level up.

       

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June 24, 2017 at 04:36AM

How Google Is Working To Keep Medical Information Private

How Google Is Working To Keep Medical Information Private

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Scrubbing medical records from search should help limit the damage caused by leaks, hacks and errors by medical institutions

This article titled “Google begins removing private medical records from search results” was written by Samuel Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Friday 23rd June 2017 09.11 UTC

Google has started removing private medical records from its search results, after adjusting its policy regarding personal information.

The change was made on Thursday to include the “confidential, personal medical records of private people” in the bracket of information Google may remove unprompted from search results. Other examples of such information include national or government issued identification numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and images of signatures.

The leaking of private medical records can be extremely damaging to the victims, both financially and emotionally, with future prospects affected and private lives of the vulnerable exposed. Given that Google’s indexing system will capture anything that’s publicly accessible on the internet, leaks such as those created by an Indian pathology lab which uploaded more than 43,000 patient records in December, including names and HIV blood test results, can be particularly damaging.

The last change to the removal policy was made in 2015 with the addition of “nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent” to cover so-called revenge porn.

The new addition to Google’s scrubbing policy marks a change from the search company’s traditional hands-off, algorithmic approach which resists attempts at censorship. This has come under scrutiny over the last few years due to the spread of fake news and misinformation. Google recently adjusted its search results to down-rank contested information such as fake news.

For many Google has become the gateway to the internet, meaning that removal from the company’s search results effectively scrubs them from the internet. While the information will still be accessible via other search engines or directly, other associated actions including the European right to be forgotten have seen being removed from Google’s search results as good enough to affect change.

Google has recently come under fire for its search and services such as YouTube being used to spread extremist content, as well as its ad network being used to fund sites dedicated to spreading hate speech and propaganda. The company introduced new measures for YouTube to tackle the spread of terrorist material, while its head of European operations apologised after adverts for major brands appeared next to extremist material.

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June 23, 2017 at 03:34PM

Designing A Better Bottle For Fitness Junkies

Designing A Better Bottle For Fitness Junkies

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Designing A Better Bottle For Fitness Junkies

Designing A Better Bottle For Fitness Junkies

The MOUS Shaker’s subtle design makes it easier to clean and promises to reduce bacteria

A homemade protein shake is good for your body and your wallet, but when the protein powder gets stuck at the bottom of your cup or bottle, it can be a nightmare to clean. The MOUS Fitness Shaker aims to fix this poor user experience with a few simple yet smart design choices.

As opposed to the flat bottom and high, straight sides of most vessels, the Shaker features a rounded bottom so that gunk doesn’t get stuck at the bottom. The rounded canister fits snuggly inside a sleek outer casing to allow the bottle to stand up on its own, and for the user to get a better grip.

The inner canister is transparent, letting you see if anything remains after cleaning, and also features measurements marked on the sides to allow you to mix in the bottle. MOUS says the Shaker is both bacteria and odor resistant, and also BPA free, making it perfect for other tasks like infusing waters.

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June 23, 2017 at 03:06PM

Google Search Can Help You Find Your Next Job

Google Search Can Help You Find Your Next Job

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Google Search Can Help You Find Your Next Job

The tech giant is now adding a job search function to its massive list of features

Job hunting can be a long and arduous process, especially when you don’t know where to look for the kind of work that interests you. Google is now looking to join the ranks of Monster, LinkedIn and other job websites by letting users search for jobs on their platform.

All a person needs to do is search for terms like “jobs near me” or for a specific job in a specific area and the search engine will pull up several options. Companies are not paying to be on this list and the feature will not be monetized for now, meaning that smaller businesses will have the ability to get their job posting out for free. It seems as though Google is looking to become the one-stop search engine for all user needs, given recent additions like a travel search tool for flights.

Learn more about this new feature in the video below.

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June 23, 2017 at 02:30PM

Entire Building Is Imprinted With The Design Of A Circuit Board

Entire Building Is Imprinted With The Design Of A Circuit Board

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Entire Building Is Imprinted With The Design Of A Circuit Board

An exhibition building in Russia was given an exterior design to make it look like it was covered by a circuit board

Moscow’s Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy was opened in 1939 to celebrate the agricultural, industrial, and technology accomplishments of Russia.

Recently, the Pavilion of Moscow Information Technology Department was given a unique exterior design to make it look like tracks of a circuit board, as the building commemorates Russia’s electrical achievements. The building was constructed with fiberglass concrete and has three indoor sections: an exhibition area, a business center, and a children’s play area. The architects divided these areas to give the exhibition’s management the flexibility to host several events at once. The building will stand for 10 years.

The exterior of the building was designed by Russian architectural firm Wall in 2016.

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June 23, 2017 at 01:33PM

[News] FDA Streamlines Approvals To Speed Innovation In Digital Health

[News] FDA Streamlines Approvals To Speed Innovation In Digital Health

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By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

It is incumbent upon FDA to ensure that we have the right policies in place to promote and encourage safe and effective innovation that can benefit consumers, and adopt regulatory approaches to enable the efficient development of these technologies. By taking an efficient, risk-based approach to our regulation, FDA can promote health through the creation of more new and beneficial medical technologies. We can also help reduce the development costs for these innovations by making sure that our own policies and tools are modern and efficient, giving entrepreneurs more opportunities to develop products that can benefit people’s lives.

Dr. Scott GottliebTo this end, FDA will soon be putting forward a broad initiative that is focused on fostering new innovation across our medical product centers. I will have more to say on many elements of this initiative soon. However, today I want to focus on one critical aspect of this innovation initiative: A new Digital Health Innovation Plan that is focused on fostering innovation at the intersection of medicine and digital health technology. This plan will include a novel, post-market approach to how we intend to regulate these digital medical devices.

According to one estimate, last year there were 165,000 health-related apps available for Apple or Android smartphones. Forecasts predict that such apps would be downloaded 1.7 billion times by 2017. From mobile apps and fitness trackers to clinical decision support software, innovative digital technologies have the power to transform health care in important ways, such as:

  • Empowering consumers to make more and better decisions every day about their own health, monitor and manage chronic health conditions, or connect with medical professionals, using  consumer-directed apps and other technologies to  help people  live healthier lifestyles through fitness, nutrition, and wellness monitoring;
  • Enabling better and more efficient clinical practice and decision making through decision support software and technologies to assist in making diagnoses and developing treatment options; managing, storing, and sharing health records; and managing schedules and workflow;
  • Helping to address public health crises, such as the opioid epidemic that is devastating many American communities. In fact, FDA conducted a prize competition to encourage the development of a mobile app to help connect opioid users experiencing an overdose with nearby carriers of the prescription drug naloxone for emergency treatment.

For these and other digital technologies to take hold and reach their fullest potential, it is critical that FDA be forward-leaning in making sure that we have implemented the right policies and regulatory tools, and communicated them clearly, to encourage safe and effective innovation. In this rapidly changing environment, ambiguity regarding how FDA will approach a new technology can lead innovators to invest their time and resources in other ventures. To encourage innovation, FDA should carry out its mission to protect and promote the public health through policies that are clear enough for developers to apply them on their own, without having to seek out, on a case-by-case basis, FDA’s position on every individual technological change or iterative software development.

Congress has already taken a major step to advance these goals in the 21st Century Cures Act. Expanding upon policies advanced by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the Act revised FDA’s governing statute to, among other things, make clear that certain digital health technologies—such as clinical administrative support software and mobile apps that are intended only for maintaining or encouraging a healthy lifestyle—generally fall outside the scope of FDA regulation. Such technologies tend to pose low risk to patients but can provide great value to the health care system. FDA, led by CDRH, is working to implement the digital health provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and, in the coming months, will be publishing guidance to further clarify what falls outside the scope of FDA regulation and to explain how the new statutory provisions affect pre-existing FDA policies.

FDA will provide guidance to clarify our position on products that contain multiple software functions, where some fall outside the scope of FDA regulation, but others do not. In addition, FDA will provide new guidance on other technologies that, although not addressed in the 21st Century Cures Act, present low enough risks that FDA does not intend to subject them to certain pre-market regulatory requirements. Greater certainty regarding what types of digital health technology is subject to regulation and regarding FDA’s compliance policies will not only help foster innovation, but also will help the agency to devote more resources to higher risk priorities.

In addition to these efforts, we are also announcing today a new initiative that FDA is undertaking. This fall, as part of a comprehensive approach to the regulation of digital health tools and in collaboration with our customers, FDA will pilot an entirely new approach toward regulating this technology. This will be the cornerstone to a more efficient, risk-based regulatory framework for overseeing these medical technologies.

While the pilot program is still being developed, we are considering whether and how, under current authorities, we can create a third party certification program under which lower risk digital health products could be marketed without FDA premarket review and higher risk products could be marketed with a streamlined FDA premarket review. Certification could be used to assess, for example, whether a company consistently and reliably engages in high quality software design and testing (validation) and ongoing maintenance of its software products. Employing a unique pre-certification program for software as a medical device (SaMD) could reduce the time and cost of market entry for digital health technologies.

In addition, post-market collection of real-world data might be able to be used to support new and evolving product functions. For example, product developers could leverage real-world data gathered through the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) to expedite market entry and subsequent expansion of indications more efficiently. NEST will be a federated virtual system for evidence generation composed of strategic alliances among data sources including registries, electronic health records, payer claims, and other sources. The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership, is serving as an independent coordinating center that operates NEST. In the coming weeks, MDIC will announce the establishment of a Governing Committee for the NEST Coordinating Center comprised of stakeholder representatives of the ecosystem, such as patients, health care professionals, health care organizations, payers, industry, and government. Although FDA does not own or operate NEST, we have been establishing strategic alliances among data sources to accelerate NEST’s launch with the initial version of a fully operational system anticipated by the end of 2019.

Applying this firm-based approach, rather than the traditional product-based approach, combined with leveraging real-world evidence, would create market incentives for greater investment in and growth of the digital health technology industry. Such processes could enable developers to deploy new or updated software more rapidly and would help FDA to better focus our resources.

Through these and other steps, FDA will help innovators navigate a new, modern regulatory process so that promising, safe and effective developments in digital health can advance more quickly and responsibly, and Americans can reap the full benefits from these innovations. These efforts are just one part of a much broader initiative that FDA is currently undertaking to advance policies that promote the development of safe and effective medical technologies that can help consumers improve their health. Our goal is to make sure that FDA has the most modern and efficient regulatory approaches when it comes to evaluating new, beneficial technologies.

Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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June 23, 2017 at 01:05PM

Amazon Is Removing One Of The Biggest Hurdles In Online Clothes Shopping

Amazon Is Removing One Of The Biggest Hurdles In Online Clothes Shopping

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Amazon Is Removing One Of The Biggest Hurdles In Online Clothes Shopping

Amazon Prime’s newest service will allow online shoppers to try on and return clothes for free

Amazon Prime subscribers are being invited to try out a new feature that could solve the biggest issue with online clothes shopping. Prime Wardrobe will allow users to try on clothes before they buy them. Shoppers select at least three clothing items to try (including shoes and accessories) and get a week to decide what to keep. The rest can be shipped back easily: Amazon includes a prepaid shipping label, a resealable box and can arrange for UPS pickup.

Shoppers who keep three or four items will get 10% off their order, and those who keep five or more will get 20% off. The feature is free for Prime members, though it’s currently only available to selected users in Beta mode. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes fully available.

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June 23, 2017 at 01:05PM

Mattel Shakes Up The Design Of Its Ken Doll For 2017

Mattel Shakes Up The Design Of Its Ken Doll For 2017

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Mattel Shakes Up The Design Of Its Ken Doll For 2017

Mattel released a Fashionistas line that includes Ken dolls with several new hair styles, including the infamous man bun

Mattel’s Barbie has always kept up with the fashions of the time. Now the toymaker has unveiled its next line of dolls, the ‘Fashionistas.’ The addition that has the Internet abuzz is an updated Ken doll, now complete with the infamous man bun.

The new Kens come in two varieties: slim and broad. Other dolls added to the line have dark lipstick, curly hair, dyed blue hair, cornrows and natural hair. These changes in style, size and design come in the wake of Barbie’s three-year campaign to include more diversity in skin color and body type. The man-bun Ken has been widely mocked on Twitter for sporting an over-the-hill fad and excessive ‘hipster’ fashion.

Watch the reveal of the new Barbie and Ken dolls in the video below.

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June 23, 2017 at 12:15PM

[News] The Girl Scouts are adding a cybersecurity badge

[News] The Girl Scouts are adding a cybersecurity badge

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Alongside cooking and camping, Girl Scouts will soon be able to earn a cybersecurity badge.

The organization announced this week the first of 18 new badges debuting in the fall of 2018. The Girl Scouts of the USA, founded in 1912, have long received badges when they master certain topics or skills.

The cybersecurity badge will launch in partnership with security firm Palo Alto Networks. The new badges will become available to participants in kindergarten through 12th grade over the next two years.

Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo said the organization surveyed its members to learn which skills they wanted to acquire. The findings showed a strong desire for technical education.

“What we were really pleasantly surprised about is they wanted more computer science, specifically cybersecurity,” Acevedo told CNN Tech.

The Girl Scout cyber-education programs will be designed to encourage girls to pursue a career in the field.

Related: Why do hackers always wear hoodies? Behind the stereotype

The focus for younger Girl Scouts will include data privacy, cyberbullying and protecting themselves online. Older members will learn how to code, become white hat (or ethical) hackers and create and work around firewalls, Acevedo said.

The Girl Scouts program — with more than 1.8 million girls enrolled — could help narrow the gender gap in technical fields by exposing girls to these opportunities earlier. A 2016 IT trade association study found boys are more likely to express an interest in working in IT. Among those girls who don’t consider it a career, 69% cited unfamiliarity with jobs in the field.

Cybersecurity workers are in high demand. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)², there will be a shortage of 1.5 million cybersecurity workers globally by 2020.

“If the industry is going to tackle the cybersecurity problems of tomorrow, we’re going to need a robust and diverse talent pool,” said Rick Howard, chief security officer at Palo Alto Networks.

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June 23, 2017 at 12:01PM

5 Ways AI Will Affect Design In The Future

5 Ways AI Will Affect Design In The Future

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David Fisher, senior product designer at digital product studio ustwo, discusses how AI can be leveraged as a tool for design problem solving

AI’s recent resurgence has garnered considerable media attention and has prompted many debates – particularly about how this transformative technology will change the workplace. One of the biggest questions at the moment in the creative industry is “how will AI affect design?” Many notable players in the industry have offered high-level viewpoints and have even created initial resources; yet, there is little in the way of practical advice for designers. The guide below offers five considerations for designers wanting to get a foothold with this technology and how it can be leveraged as a tool for problem solving.

  1. AI approaches through the ages
    Over the preceding 5 decades, many technologies have been created in the development of the field of AI. It is important to catalogue the difference between these, as there are differences in capability, implementation and performance when used to create products and services.

Early AI

Early AI systems arose from an approach where a series of logical rules were used to model intelligence. These systems had practical limitations and tended to work best in situations where queries were simple, and the scope of the subject was narrow. These systems exist in many formats today, including basic chatbots and expert systems that inform decision processes based on a limited series of inputs.

Contemporary AI systems

Contemporary AI is fundamentally different from early AI. New approaches leverage the use of large datasets on which algorithms can be ‘trained’ – essentially, identifying patterns in the data that then enable reasoning and decision-making. There are many subsets of machine learning and different methods by which each system can be trained. A comprehensive resource for learning about the history and development of AI is Russel & Norvig’s AI: A modern Approach.

  1. High quality data is the bedrock of AI  

A challenge many teams will face when building AI products and services will be securing data and ensuring that it is in a usable format and complete enough to solve a business problem.

Data cleanliness and completeness is important because it impacts how well a model will be able to differentiate between patterns in the data versus noise. Data scientists are well poised to guide teams through this process; however, in the absence of such guidance, Patrick Hebron’s “Machine Learning for Designers” provides best practices for teams looking to sanitize their datasets.

A secondary problem teams might face when gathering data is related to the way organizations are set up. Large companies are often segregated into hierarchies or independent business silos, each with discrete marketing, product and engineering teams. This means that data collection may not be a well-defined or standardized process within various parts of the organization. Teams in these situations will be well served by planning ahead and putting together business cases and presenting ideas of the capabilities of potential AI products and services to win the support of stakeholders.

  1. Models, Models, Models

If you’ve been following AI in any capacity, chances are you will have heard the term AI model. In very simple terms, an AI model can be considered a system’s ‘experience’. Essentially every item of data that the model is trained on gives the system a reference point to make predictions when presented with a new input.  A compelling example of how this works in practice can be seen by experimenting with ClarifAI’s various pre-trained models, which range from face detection to identifying ingredients in images of food and offer a shallow learning curve for those getting started.

There are presently many proprietary offerings on the market, open source as well as MLaaS (machine learning as a service). Teams are well advised to weigh the options when it comes to using off-the-shelf solutions or building out their own models and infrastructure. The latter represents considerably more complexity over the former, particularly for common tasks such as image classification.

  1. New interaction paradigms

The success of Amazon’s Echo is a great example of how advances in speech recognition and natural language processing create opportunities for natural and expressive interactions with products and services. By moving beyond the graphical user interface, designers can now begin to explore alternative methods of interaction enabled by AI capabilities.

This shift in interaction paradigm presents a challenge for designers. New interactions should fulfill a user need, while being sensitive to context. Performing thorough research and testing in diverse situations can ensure designers create interactions that are valuable and contextually appropriate.

  1. With great power comes great responsibility

As AI begins to seep into products and services, things will inevitably wrong. This poses a new consideration for designing AI-powered systems – what is the procedure when a system makes a mistake? Examples of this happening are already plentiful, with one of the earliest examples occurring in 2015 when Google Photos’ face-recognition model labeled a user’s images in the worst imaginable way.

While Google has since rectified the issue, designers working with AI would be prudent to familiarize themselves with best practice principles to reduce the likelihood of things going awry.

Designers can mitigate risk by learning more about how datasets can be biased, as well as common examples of how systems can be fooled. Designers can also design systems, which ensure end users retain some level of control by prioritizing immediate feedback on any erroneous behavior. Even basic measures can minimize the potential fallout if something goes wrong and ensure that the quality of the end user experience can be preserved and improved over time.

If designers can adhere to these five considerations when it comes to AI, they’ll not only give themselves an edge in the most pertinent area that’s mystifying the creative workplace, but they’ll also prime themselves for a future that will allow them to do their best work to date.

David Fisher, senior product designer at digital product studio ustwo, heads up innovation strategy and product development and the coordination of internal and external business/design strategies for the company.

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June 23, 2017 at 11:54AM