Interesting elsewhere – 13 May 2014

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web Makessense Stop! — Crooked Timber Thinking generally uses the “makessense” stopping rule. We take a position, look for evidence that supports it, and if we find some evidence — enough so that our position “makes sense” — we stop thinking. The Five Axioms of the API […]

Interesting elsewhere – 2 April 2014

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web Why it is not possible to regulate robots | Technology | theguardian.comWe really only know how to make one kind of computer: the "general purpose computer" that can execute every instruction that can be expressed in symbolic logic. Put more simply: we only know how to […]

Interesting elsewhere – 12 February 2014

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web The policy world and academia offer widely different opportunities for early career researchers. | Impact of Social Sciences In academia you look for a problem you can answer well, and in policy you find the best answer you can to the problem you are given. Striking […]

Interesting elsewhere – 14 January 2014

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web Foden Grealy – Document standards and the rankling print presumption Our mental model for handling textual information is based on the printed paper created by a typewriter, distributed by post and kept in a folder. It got us over the introduction of personal computing but it’s […]

Interesting elsewhere – 10 December 2013

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web Five Ways to Learn Nothing from Your Customers’ Feedback – Rob Markey – Harvard Business ReviewAnonymity in customer feedback is, frankly, overrated. People want to be heard. They want their feedback to be acknowledged. They want to know that the time they invested sharing feedback meant […]

Interesting elsewhere – 14 November 2013

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web Why is the corporate welfare state so flawed – and how could it be made better? – NestaThe aim should not be one-sided welfare, but rather better deals in which both sides win.  Groups of firms or sectors should be encouraged to engage with government and […]

Interesting elsewhere – 30 September 2013

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web WordsAt its heart, web design should be about words. Words don't come after the design is done. Words are the beginning, the core, the focus. Start with words. Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career – Walter Frick […]

Interesting elsewhere – 9 July 2013

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does | Technology | guardian.co.ukThis evolutionary approach, and the Agile design processes that support it, is built into the fibre and psyche of web companies. They don't think in terms of long-term detailed plans; […]

Interesting elsewhere – 21 June 2013

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web In defence of bright ideas from people who have absolutely no idea how to implement them | The Source BlogI’m worried that there will come a day, ten years or so from now, when teams of brilliant implementers are sitting around itching to implement the living […]

Interesting elsewhere – 29 May 2013

Things which caught my eye elsewhere on the web The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be — I.M.H.O. — Medium Technology isn’t so much about what’s possible as it is about what’s profitable. The primary reason we haven’t landed a human on Mars yet has less to do with the technical challenges of the […]