‘A Perfect and Beautiful Machine’: What Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence

Charles Darwin and Alan Turing, in their different ways, both homed in on the same idea: the existence of competence without comprehension. Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare. Charles Darwin managed to compress his entire theory into a single summary…

10 Cool Facts About How Americans Spend Our Time (or…Your Day in a Chart)

People over the age of 75 watch twice as much television as teenagers. On any given day, women are 30 percent more likely to do chores than men. The typical college student spends about an hour sleeping for every 25 minutes he spends studying.

Those are just three of the facts you can harvest from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest American Time Use Survey, which using polling data to illustrate a day in the life for Americans by age, gender, and education.

Mathematical Model Proves Bieber Fever is More Contagious Than Measles

A mathematical model proves that Bieber fever is one of the catchiest diseases of our time.

Imagine: you’re the parent of an adolescent Justin Bieber fan. At some point, the musical heartthrob has probably struck fear into your heart — the fear that your child is in the clutches of an unhealthy obsession.

What would possess someone to buy up Bieber toys, read Bieber fan fiction, watch Bieber movies, and sleep in Justin Bieber pajamas? The clinical term for this condition is Bieber fever, and according to a Canadian mathematical model, you’re right to be afraid. It’s even more contagious than the measles, one of the fastest-spreading diseases on earth.

Is There A Talent War?

Many sources say that although the economy is still recovering, and although so many people are still out of work, there is a disproportionate number of companies looking to hire people with specific talents, to fill analytic and strategic roles.

Is there a talent war? Or a talent disconnect?

If you missed our webinar on The Talent War, please visit our screencast, here: http://www.screencast.com/t/uZuxHyn88gd

The Competitive Advantage of Doing More With Less

The great 18th century American statesman, inventor, diplomat, and author Benjamin Franklin instinctively knew what so many of us in the modern world have for­gotten: frugality and industriousness are the ways to wealth.

After the last set of business scandals and financial busts, many powerful interests, from governments to multination­al corporations, are exploring how to do more with less. Businesses and individuals are seeking a realignment of fru­gality and prosperity in hopes of regaining their balance and securing their futures. This need for competitive frugality impacts the near future value of your home, your family, your firm, and your shared future.

Cow Clicker: If You Can’t Ruin It, Destroy It

Well, the joke’s on us.

One person who doesn’t feel many online social games’ recent IPOs are cause for celebration is video game designer Ian Bogost. Bogost thinks many of these games are mindless, designed to suck money out of players’ pockets. To make his point he created a parody game of his own, Cow Clicker.

But, what Bogost didn’t expect is that his satire would become one of the most popular games he’s ever made.

The game may have jabbed a hot brand into the eye of social gaming, but is the joke on its creator?

Treat Finance Talent as an Economic Asset

CFOs are telling pollsters there are problems in the talent pipeline. Why is this occurring? Why are people now so worried about future staffing requirements?

Most importantly, is there an inherent risk for companies who are short on their finance talent?

Author Mary Driscoll interviews Dr. Jonathan Schiff, a professor of accounting (Fairleigh Dickenson) who also happens to be an authority on finance leadership development, skills assessment, and the training program design for large organizations.

Dr. Schiff had three key observations.