sábado, 12 de mayo de 2018

Automate Your Inbox with these Tips, Tools, and Templates

 Particularly I find this tool amazing…
    "Unsolicited requests are a real challenge for many industry influencers and company executives. These people get frequent interview requests from journalists, requests for advice from marketers looking to build influencer roundup articles, and general queries from other professionals looking for help from the experts they admire.
    To minimize the number of unsolicited requests you have to respond to, use Earn.com to charge a fee for every email reply.
    That's right: make them pay.
    Earn.com lets you earn bitcoin for every email you reply to. Set up an Earn.com profile, and choose the amount you want to earn for replying to emails ($1, $5, $20, or $100). You can choose to keep the money you earn for yourself or donate it to charity.
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    Whitelisting specific senders
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    Earn.com pricing: Free to create an Earn.com profile and accept messages on the platform.

    Suggested templates
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Automate Your Inbox with these Tips, Tools, and Templates

domingo, 22 de abril de 2018

Are nation states nearing their end as our preferred scale of the political and socio-economic organization?

 Global governance (amongst other interesting topics in exponential view newsletter #162)
Dept of states and sovereignty
There is a notion worth revisiting: are nation states nearing their end as our preferred scale of the political and socio-economic organization? This idea lies in contrast with the “end of history” theory of modernity. 
I’ve found the question of evolving the nation-state fascinating since the early 1990s when I first came across ideas of decentralized forms of organization enabled by new electronic networks (and was contemporaneously studying political institutions and models of governance).  
Of course, recently we've seen resurgent nationalism in Turkey, the US, Britain, Hungary and many other places. This might challenge the 'end of the nation-state' thesis, this nationalism is a sort of reversion to the mean. But could it, instead, be the febrile twitching that presages rigor mortis? 
Rana Dasgupta argues this compellingly20th-century political structures are drowning in a 21st-century ocean of deregulated finance, autonomous technology, religious militancy and great-power rivalry. Meanwhile, the suppressed consequences of 20th-century recklessness in the once-colonised world are erupting, cracking nations into fragments and forcing populations into post-national solidarities 
As I’ve argued in Exponential View and elsewhere, we increasingly need to adapt our existing institutions or invent new ones in order to cope with the changes in our economies, demographics, natural resources and climate. 
As Dasgputa concludes: “This is not a small endeavor: it will take the better part of this century. We do not know yet where it will lead.” 
One example is the relationship between the corporation and the states, and the balance between their power. Almost a decade ago my friend and researcher, Stephanie Hare, introduced me to the idea of ‘corporate foreign policy’, the notion that states needed to formally recognize that the emerging dominance of technology platforms merited a formal quasi-diplomatic status. Some years later, the forward-thinking Danes appointed Casper Klynge as the world’s first Technology Ambassador, in the vein first described to me by Stephanie several years earlier. 
In other cases, governments seem unwilling or incapable to execute on their duties - for example, maintaining their integrity in the face of or responses to cyber attacks (which are not really any different from other types of hostility). In those situations, private corporations are stepping in to fill or exploit the vacuum.

sábado, 21 de abril de 2018

Radiografía del 'business angel' español ( by @IESEInsight & @AEBAN_es )

Datos del Informe business angels 2018. La inversión en startups: actividad y tendencias, elaborado por el profesor Juan Roure Amparo de San José, directora de la Red de Inversores Privados y Family Offices del IESE.

IESE Insight ¿Cómo es y qué le interesa al 'business angel' español?

El perfil del business angel español gana en consistencia, ya que acumula más operaciones y años de experiencia a sus espaldas. Además, dos de cada tres han ocupado puestos directivos de alto nivel o han emprendido previamente en una startup.

Esta tercera edición del estudio señala que el conocimiento del sector y la presencia de tecnologías disruptivas son elementos destacados al valorar oportunidades de inversión, mientras que el impacto social es todavía una asignatura pendiente.

En cuanto a los elementos con un mayor potencial disruptivo en los próximos años, el informe apunta a blockchain, todo lo relacionado con la movilidad y el coche conectado, así como el auge del sector fintech.

Además, la investigación, realizada en colaboración con la Asociación Española de Redes de Business Angels (AEBAN), señala que la presencia de las mujeres en este segmento de inversión se mantiene estancado por debajo del 10%.

lunes, 16 de abril de 2018

10 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Should Avoid Making (by @zapier)

If you want to polish your prose—whether you're writing a blog post, an email, or a report for your team—the next time you get to typing, consult this checklist of common writing mistakes.
Write Better: The 10 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Should Avoid Making – Zapier blog

1. The Intro Is Unnecessarily Long

2. Explanations Are Handwavy or Lacking Backup

3. The Content Was Written in Passive Voice

4. Too Many Words!

5. The Conclusion Doesn't Conclude or Doesn't Exist

Micro Writing Mistakes We All Make

6. Heed the Homophones

7. Apostrophe Catastrophes

8. Comma and Semicolon Confusion

9. Repetitive Words Repeat

10. Misused Words

Oxford comma confusion

sábado, 7 de abril de 2018

How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Commerce (by @cbinsights )

 Retail’s Adapt-Or-Die Moment: How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Commerce
"Traditional and new-school retailers alike are using AI and robotics to automate various parts of the retail chain, from manufacturing to last-mile delivery."
Despite the rise of AI-based solutions, only a handful of traditional brands have been effectively implementing AI strategies to drive business efficiency. 
But AI is reshaping the retail workforce — from manufacturing to last-mile logistics — and players across the retail ecosystem will have to adapt to stay relevant. 
Tech giants like Alibaba and Amazon continue to push the boundaries, applying AI to retail and amassing massive consumer datasets. Recently, Alibaba announced that it is spending $15B on quantum computing, AI, and other technologies. 
Smaller startups are also seeing an opportunity here and seizing it. For example, Swedish startup Soundots recently raised $4M to democratize the “cashierless store” automation solution, helping retailers achieve something similar to Amazon’s Go stores.

sábado, 31 de marzo de 2018

Benefits of the Purpose-Driven Workplace

5 Studies on the Benefits of the Purpose-Driven Workplace - IDEO U

1. Lower Risk of Death
2. More Fulfilled at Work
3. Higher Employee Retention
4. Meaning over Recognition
5. Higher Returns for Purpose-Driven Companies

The Invisible Hand: Companies & Purpose
In The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith introduced the idea of “the invisible hand,” how markets and their self-interests can benefit society. Whether companies and markets can deliver on the needs of people will be put to the test in the coming years with the acceleration of technology, automation, and complex issues like climate change. The Circular Economy is one example of how purpose-driven companies can lead the charge towards more sustainable systems and solutions. Will your company and others deliver on meeting the needs of people?

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

A Look at How Technology is Reshaping the Global Economy (by @maxmarmer )

 via medium – The Industrial Era jobs and institutions decline towards death and the Information Era matures and blooms. The decline of the Industrial Era may have been subtler, and easy to ignore in years past.

The global economy as a whole will also be in precarious place if Information Era companies do not continue to produce accelerating growth. While we’ve nominally been in recovery since 2009, much of the expansion has been enabled by unprecedented levels of debt created by Central Banks around the world. Sky high debt levels across consumers, corporations and countries, are all being buoyed by historically low interest rates. Wealth inequality is rising fast and geopolitical tensions are heating up. We’ve been blessed by very low volatility the last few years, but we also are in many ways dependent on it.

Technology companies continue to become a bigger percentage of the world economy. They have overtaken Oil and Gas companies to become the largest public companies in the world, the private market is bursting with billion dollar unicorn valuations unseen before in history, and many non-technological industries are either dying at its hands or becoming one with it.

Some of this technological future will come from large companies, but by and large these large companies still haven’t figured out how to reliably create disruptive innovation. Their role in the innovation landscape is predominantly as acquirers, where they grow acquired products, applying their capacity for efficiency and scale.

An essential orienting frame for understanding the current state of the world, is that we are at a point of criticality. A liminal space between eras. The old world Industrial order is breaking down, and the new Information world order is in the process of taking over. This transition period is one of opposing forces of exponential creation and exponential destruction.

In the forthcoming era of technological disruption the need for a robust social safety net will be paramount.

worth reading, I'd recommend max. attention ;-)

martes, 13 de marzo de 2018

eHealth Market worth 132.35 Billion USD by 2023

 via @marketsmarkets According to latest research report "eHealth Market by Product (EHR, PACS & VNA, RIS, LIS, CVIS, Telehealth, eRx, HIE, Patient Portal, Medical Apps), Services (Remote Patient Monitoring, Diagnostic Services) End User (Hospitals, Home Healthcare, Payers, Pharmacy) - Global Forecast to 2023", is expected to reach USD 132.35 Billion by 2023 from USD 47.60 Billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 22.7%.

Factors driving market growth include the regulatory mandates and government initiatives for the implementation of eHealth solutions; growing mHealth, telehealth, and remote patient monitoring markets (prevalence of chronic diseases); and increasing need to curtail the escalating healthcare costs. In addition, the emerging market in China, India, and Australia; rising shift towards patient-centric healthcare delivery; and growing use of eHealth solutions in outpatient care facilities are further increasing the demand for eHealth solutions and services given shortage of healthcare professionals, and rising usage of big data.

Some of the key players in the eHealth market are:
GE Healthcare (US),
Cerner (US),
McKesson (US),
Allscripts (US),
Philips (Netherlands),
Siemens Healthineers (Germany),
athenahealth (US),
Epic Systems (US),
IBM (US), Optum (US),
Medtronic (Ireland),
Cisco (US).

The eHealth market in this report is segmented on the basis of product & service and end user. This report also provides market information on major regional segments, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

By products and services, the eHealth solutions segment dominated the eHealth market in 2017
The EMR/EHR solutions segment accounted for the largest share of the eHealth solutions market in 2017. Supportive government initiatives for EMR implementation across the globe, growing consolidation among healthcare providers, rise in digital and connected healthcare technologies, and increased government incentives are the key factors supporting the growth of this market.

The remote monitoring services segment dominated the eHealth services market in 2017. The large share of this market is mainly attributed to the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and lifestyle disorders, increasing geriatric population, and high preference for home healthcare and rehabilitation due to the convenience of the services.

By end user, healthcare consumers are expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period
Based on end user, the global eHealth market is segmented into healthcare providers, healthcare payers, healthcare consumers, pharmacies, and other end users. Healthcare consumers are expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth in this end-user segment can be attributed to the factors such as the increasing number of people requiring remote patient monitoring, rising demand for personalized care, and high penetration of digital technologies in the healthcare industry.

North America dominated the market in 2017
In 2017, North America dominated the global eHealth market. The growth in this market can mainly be attributed to the strong IT infrastructure in the region, increasing investments and regulatory mandates favoring the implementation of eHealth solutions, presence of large healthcare IT companies, and rising utilization of remote patient monitoring solutions and services for the management of prevalent chronic diseases and lifestyle disorders. The Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. High growth in the Asia Pacific region is largely driven by government investments & reforms to modernize healthcare systems, rising medical tourism, implementation of eHealth programs, and increasing per capita income in this region.

However, factors such as reluctance among medical professionals to adopt advanced eHealth solutions and high-cost of deployment and maintenance of eHealth solutions are likely to hinder the growth of the global eHealth market to some extent.

Years considered for this report
2017 – Base Year
2018 – Estimated Year
2023 – Projected Year

Global eHealth Market, By Type

eHealth Solutions
  • EHR/EMR Solutions
  • Picture Archiving and Communication Systems & Vendor Neutral Archive
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Laboratory Information Systems
  • Cardiovascular Information Systems
  • Pharmacy Information Systems
  • Other Specialty Information Systems
  • Telehealth Solutions
  • E-Prescribing Solutions
  • PHR & Patient Portals
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Health Information Exchange Solutions
  • Chronic Care Management Apps
  • Medical Apps

eHealth Services
  • Remote Monitoring Services
  • Diagnosis & Consultation Services
  • Healthcare Systems Strengthening Services
  • Treatment Services
  • Database Management Services

Global eHealth Market, By End User
Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Home Healthcare Agencies, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Centers
Healthcare Consumers
Other End Users

Global eHealth Market, by Region
North America
  • US
  • Canada

  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific
  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Rest of the World
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

domingo, 4 de marzo de 2018

How To Become A Centaur (by @ncasenmare)

 AIs are best at choosing answers. Humans are best at choosing questions.
via @mit_jods How To Become A Centaur by Nicky Case

…we’ve told ourselves that our relationship between ourselves and our AI is like a chess game: 
Zero-sum — one player’s win is another player’s loss.

They invited all kinds of contestants — supercomputers, human grandmasters, mixed teams of humans and AIs — to compete for a grand prize.2
Not surprisingly, a Human+AI Centaur beats the solo human. But — amazingly — a Human+AI Centaur also beats the solo computer.

This is because, contrary to unscientific internet IQ tests on clickbait websites, intelligence is not a single dimension. (The “g factor”, also known as “general intelligence”, only accounts for 30-50% of an individual’s performance on different cognitive tasks.3 So while it is an important dimension, it’s not the only dimension.) For example, human grandmasters are good at long-term chess strategy, but poor at seeing ahead for millions of possible moves — while the reverse is true for chess-playing AIs. And because humans & AIs are strong on different dimensions, together, as a centaur, they can beat out solo humans and computers alike.

Now, not only does pairing humans with AIs solve a technical problem — how to overcome the weaknesses of humans/AI with the strengths of AI/humans — it also solves that moral problem: how do we make sure AIs share our human goals and values?
And it’s simple: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

The rest of this essay will be about AI’s forgotten cousin, IA: Intelligence Augmentation. The old story of AI is about human brains working against silicon brains. The new story of IA will be about human brains working with silicon brains. As it turns out, most of the world is the opposite of a chess game:
Non-zero-sum — both players can win.

…I’ll show how humans are already working with AIs in various fields, from art to engineering. And finally, I’ll give some rough ideas on how you can design a good partnership with an AI — how to become a centaur. 
Together, humans and AI can go from “checkmate”, to “teammate”.

Over the next few decades, the wonders in The Mother of All Demos slowly reached the public. The personal computer gave ordinary people the power of computing, something only governments and big corporations could afford previously. A particle physics lab in Switzerland released a little thing called the “World Wide Web”, which let people share knowledge using things called “web pages”, and people could even create connections between pieces of knowledge using something called a “hyperlink”.

Steve Jobs once called the computer a bicycle for the mind. Note the metaphor of a bicycle, instead of a something like a car —a bicycle lets you go faster than the human body ever can, and yet, unlike the car, the bicycle is human-powered. (Also, the bicycle is healthier for you.) The strength of metal, with a human at its heart. A collaboration — a centaur.

Doug Engelbart envisioned that the computer would be a tool for intellectual and artistic creativity; now, our devices are designed less around creation, and more around consumption. Forget AI not sharing our values — even non-AI technology stopped supporting our values, and in some cases, actively subverts them.7
We hoped for a bicycle for the mind; we got a Lazy Boy recliner for the mind.

When you create a Human+AI team, the hard part isn’t the “AI”. It isn’t even the “Human”. 
It’s the “+”.
Human nature, for better or worse, doesn’t change much from millennia to millennia. If you want to see the strengths that are unique and universal to all humans, don’t look at the world-famous award-winners — look at children. Children, even at a young age, are already proficient at: intuition, analogy, creativity, empathy, social skills. Some may scoff at these for being “soft skills”, but the fact that we can make an AI that plays chess but not hold a normal five-minute conversation, is proof that these skills only seem “soft” to us because evolution’s already put in the 3.5 billion years of hard work for us.

And if you want to see the weaknesses of humans, go to school. This is the stuff that’s hard for human intelligences, and requires years of training to gain even a basic competency: arithmetic, computation, memory, logic, numeracy. Note that these are all things your phone can do better and faster than the smartest human alive. (And we wonder why kids feel school is meaningless…)

AIs choose answers. Humans choose questions. And given all the possibilities, the promises and pitfalls of technology in the coming decades, the next question for us humans to choose is:
What’s next?

Meanwhile, the story of IA has been one of a tragic fall. Starting out strong with Doug Engelbart’s Mother of All Demos, the idea of IA has slowly been forgotten, as technology shifted from tools for creation and more towards tools for consumption. Someone stole the wheels off the bicycle for our mind.

But now, these two story threads may be starting to wrap together, forming a new braid in history: AIA — Artificial Intelligence Augmentation.8 IA can give AI the human partnership it needs in order to remain aligned with our deepest goals and values. And in return, AI can give IA some new replacement wheels for the bicycle of our mind.

I’d like to tell you what the future holds. But if you tell someone something good is inevitable, it can cause self-defeating complacency — and if you tell someone something bad is inevitable, it can cause self-fulfilling despair.
Besides, answers are for AIs. As a human, you deserve questions.

Symbiosis shows us you can have fruitful collaborations even if you have different skills, or different goals, or are even different species.  Symbiosis shows us that the world often isn’t zero-sum — it doesn’t have to be humans versus AI, or humans versus centaurs, or humans versus other humans. Symbiosis is two individuals succeeding together not despite, but because of, their differences. Symbiosis is the “+”. 
A new chapter in humanity’s story is beginning, and we — living together — get to write what happens next.