Category Archives: work

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella on Flexible Work, the Metaverse, and the Power of Empathy

https://hbr-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hbr.org/amp/2021/10/microsofts-satya-nadella-on-flexible-work-the-metaverse-and-the-power-of-empathy

SATYA NADELLA: I think that this entire idea of metaverse is fundamentally this: increasingly, as we embed computing in the real world, you can even embed the real world in computing. That’s kind of how I think about it. Both because in some sense, one of the metaphors that I always use which is helpful is that as both an outside-in and inside-out. For example, you can have a space in which there are lots of cameras and microphones. And you can digitize the space. You don’t need to wear anything on your head.

Making a Living

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/james-suzman-work/

The use of fire helped us become more social creatures in other ways as well. Recently unearthed evidence has demonstrated that early humans did not live in small bands for the whole of their existence, as anthropologists and archaeologists had long supposed. Where food was less abundant, people spread out, keeping enough distance from one another to ensure an ease of acquisition. 

UN calls for moratorium on AI that threatens human rights

AI’s abilities to conduct profiling and automate decision-making – as well as its other uses – threaten myriad human rights. It can affect the “rights to health, education, freedom of movement, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of expression,” the UN human rights office warned.

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/9/15/warning-of-risk-un-rights-chief-urges-ai-oversight-regulation

What if your college dorm analyzed your sewage to find out if you’re pregnant or on drugs?

This story is part of Future Tense Fiction, a monthly series of short stories from Future Tense and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science will change our lives.

https://slate.com/technology/2021/08/beauty-surge-laura-maylene-walter-short-story.html

Work in the Pandemic Age

We use applied semiotics and cultural anthropology to understand how meaning is changing. This report applies the method to working in the Pandemic Age, framing the trends we are seeing into meaning spaces that fuel better service design. For too long, workplace decision makers have turned a blind eye to dysfunctional behavior. Now, COVID-19 has pushed work beyond its breaking point. Our analysis offers a path forward. https://bit.ly/workinthepademicage