Sinking Skill Ladders

This week, I would like to share the concept of “sinking skill ladders” developed by my co-author Phanish Puranam. It is a very smart idea. Since it was published in our joint work, India Inside, the concept fortunately for me, also has my name on it. I will briefly describe it but for those interested…

Is Facebook Biased?

Over the last weekend, the allegation that Facebook in its “trending” news stories section is biased against conservative stories went viral. Facebook immediately refuted the contention that it was biased. And, truthfully many argued, who get their news from the “trending” section of Facebook? Apparently, large numbers of people. How content is consumed has changed…

Do you Trust a Robot?

The big news this week was STAR, a robot that outperformed surgeons. Initially, the robots were designed to look and work like humans. This was the image from popular comics when I was growing up. However, now that robots have become mainstream, most robots are very unlike humans, and that is their strength. Let us…