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artificial intelligence | Aug 8th, 2019

When Will AI-Driven Income Inequality Hit? A Conversation with AI Expert Ajay Agrawal and Vinod Khosla

Ajay Agrawal, AI Expert and Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab, sat down with billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla for a conversation on the future of machine learning—and the social implications it will bring.  “Education is not the solution,” Vinod Khosla said, when discussing... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 8th, 2019

Anti-Trust in the Digital Age: National Post Editor Diane Francis Assesses Silicon Valley’s Major Players

Starting with the oil industry in the 1900s, there has been a long-standing American tradition of breaking up companies with inordinate amounts of market power. Diane Francis, editor-at-large at The National Post, suggests our anti-trust infrastructure needs an update in the age of Facebook.... Continue Reading →
psychology | Aug 7th, 2019

New Yorker Writer Maria Konnikova Dives into the Psychology of the Con for NPR

In her New York Times bestselling book The Confidence Game, Maria Konnikova investigates the mind, methods, and motives of con artists. A newfound expert on the topic, Konnikova analyses real-live cons in the latest episode of NPR’s Rough Translation.  When she began writing The Confidence Game,... Continue Reading →
technology | Aug 7th, 2019

Real, or AR?: Augmented Reality Expert Helen Papagiannis Introduces a New Social Media Game

In a new weekly segment hosted on her Instagram, Helen Papagiannis asks viewers to guess which image is real and which is the product of augmented reality. Wildly offbase, the answers to the game reveal how adept the technology is getting at mimicking the real world.  "Real or AR was inspired by... Continue Reading →
technology | Aug 6th, 2019

Should Addictive Tech Be Banned? Psychologist Adam Alter Weighs in on New Regulation

Republican Senator Josh Hawley recently proposed a bill that would ban tech companies from implementing the addictive features that prompt us to spend more and more time on our devices. Adam Alter, the New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible, weighs in.  Rather than a full-on ban on... Continue Reading →
disruption | Aug 6th, 2019

The Rise of Convenience Maximalism: The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson Explores the Meal- Delivery Industry

In 2015, for the first time ever, Americans spent more money in restaurants than they did in grocery stories. Now, the food industry is preparing for yet another major shift: by 2020, an estimated half of restaurant spending will occur “off premises.” Deliveries, drive-throughs, and takeaway meals... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 6th, 2019

Four Lavin Speakers Named Among Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019 by Publisher's Weekly

For its “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019” list, Publisher’s Weekly includes work by four Lavin speakers: beloved author Margaret Atwood, education journalist Paul Tough, activist Megan Phelps-Roper, and music legend Patti Smith. Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, called The... Continue Reading →
execution & performance | Aug 6th, 2019

How to Reach Your Peak: Anders Ericsson Explains the Science of Expertise with Thrive

Psychologist and author Anders Ericsson has spent decades studying how people reach exceptional levels of success. His data shows that, more than talent, deliberate practice has a profound impact on performance. In a new interview with Thrive, Ericsson dives into what means to practice with... Continue Reading →
teaching & learning | Aug 2nd, 2019

Anthony Jack’s Book The Privileged Poor Honored by Harvard University Press with the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize

This year’s historic Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize goes to Anthony Jack for his first book, The Privileged Poor. Bestowed by Harvard University Press, the prize acknowledges an exemplary first book manuscript, and is judged for its outstanding style, content, and presentation. It also highlights... Continue Reading →
| Aug 2nd, 2019

Abandoning the Status Quo: Innovation Guru Jeremy Gutsche Shares How CIOs Can Help Companies Disrupt

As the CEO of Trend Hunter, the largest trend-spotting platform in the world, Jeremy Gutsche is well-versed in the art of bringing big ideas to life. Now, he explains how CIOs will become crucial to disruptive innovation in the coming years.   The average lifespan of a fortune 500 company has... Continue Reading →
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