Five Links: Smorgasbord
Five Links: Smorgasbord
This week: things online, competing for immigrants, change yourself first, the impact of driverless cars, writing your bio and seeing your facebook network.
- Broadening the Value of the Industrial Internet
This article describes the way that privacy will be purchased in the workplace. The apps that succeed will provide more value to the thing or people being monitored than to the people doing the monitoring. It will get tested and verified in the industrial Internet then taken into the office.
“But that data isn’t just useful to those doing the monitoring — it’s turned around to generate value for the households that have advanced meters. Utility customers can see detailed graphs of their electricity and water usage, and integrated software from Aclara uses a statistical model to break out electricity usage into categories like heating, cooling and lighting. It then makes customized recommendations for energy savings by referring to county building records to find the age of a building and its construction type. The utility will even send a staff member to big commercial clients to consult on energy savings.”
- Canada announces new startup visa program to attract entrepreneurs starting on April 1
Attracting immigrants is a competitive sport. The long game goes to the countries that win this competition.
- Discomfort Zone: How to Master the Universe
Do you ever get tired of hearing that the program didn’t work because of people’s resistance to change? It would be great if the people who offer the excuse were great examples of change being easy (or at least possible). But, generally they’re not. Today’s sweeping recommendation is that you limit the leadership of change initiatives to people who have overcome actual obstacles. They’ll understand the reluctance to change and what to do about it. If you want to become one of those people, this article is a great place to start.
- Fasten Your Seatbelts: Google’s Driverless Car Is Worth Trillions
This is a breath taking view of the meaning of Google’s driverless cars. Be sure to read the entire piece including Part 2. It’s easy to forget how much of our economy is tied to the car and our current picture of it. As mind-blowing as the article is, it doesn’t actually scratch the surface. The economic implications of driverless transportation include revamping distribution systems and eliminating all professional driving jobs. This counterpoint is also worth your attention.
- How to Write a Good Bio
Unlike a resume, a bio is best when shortest.
- Wolfram Alpha Facebook Utility
This tool will give you a clear look at the size and scope of your Facebook network. The level of detail and characterizations of your friends and their characteristics is enlightening. (Hat Tip – Steve Boese)
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