In the face of AI and more automation, I wonder what devious new boredom rooms will be designed?
Facing a sluggish economy and increasing competition, Japan’s prime minister and major companies want to reduce longstanding restrictions on dismissing full-time workers.
Source: Layoffs Taboo, Japan Workers Are Sent to the Boredom Room
This is pretty amazing really.
Customer-service reps are getting real-time coaching from software that has learned to detect problems in a conversation.
Source: Socially Sensitive AI Software Coaches Call-Center Workers
An interesting perspective on the role of luck
They wanted a more visible, dramatic actor. At the studio bosses insistence Gilligan offered the part of Walter White to John Cusack. Cusack turned it down. They offered it to Matthew Broderick. Broderick also turned it down. I don’t remember which one had the first crack at it. Both of them turned it down. Gilligan went back to the bosses and again pleaded his case. Finally they reluctantly allowed him to cast Cranston as Walter White. And, you know, White was the breakout part of that series. He got four Emmys in the show’s five seasons. He is today one of the very most sought after actors in his age group. But I still wouldn’t have heard of him except that Cusack and Broderick turned the role down first.
Source: Don’t Tell Your Friends They’re Lucky
Amazing, I love rogue scientists willing to experiment on themselves –
electroporation. In this procedure, circular rings of DNA, called plasmids, are passed into cells using an electrical current
Source: One Man’s Quest to Hack His Own Genes
Constant stress could be a key factor in raising the risk of a heart attack, say researchers.
Source: Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’ – BBC News