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August 12, 2017 5:34 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #372

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Energy - Ramez Naam -  Exponential Finance - Singularity University Summits. "Ramez Naan is one of my favorite science fiction writers (and a crazy good speaker.) A former Microsoft engineer, he spends a lot of time thinking about the future, but basing those speculations on the present. Here's a talk he gave about what abundant energy could do to human society." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Predatory Journals Hit By 'Star Wars' Sting - Discover. "Scientific journals are big business, with many important-sounding publications charging researchers to publish. This means little scrutiny on submissions, as one skeptic proved when he submitted a paper on the Midi-chordians from Star Wars. Fake news takes many forms, and often it's the underlying economic incentives that are to blame." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world - The Guardian. "Is globalization coming apart at the seams?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Dear tech dudes, stop being so dumb about women - TechCrunch. "There's been a lot of talk lately about the toxic environment for women in tech. Some people don't seem to understand the nature of the problems." (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All Of Them - Wired. "I have become (somewhat) known for saying: 'you have to control technology and not let technology control you.' In a more simplistic way, when I see smartphones ringing, beeping, chiming and notifying, I will (half-jokingly) tell the person: 'you know, it doesn't have to do that.' Devices are created to make us addicted. It's working. It's not a good thing. Here's a Wired piece that's written by a man after my own heart. Do it. Mute them all!" (Mitch for Alistair).
  • So you've decided to write: will you tell the truth? - LitHub. "A great little piece of writing on the power of writing. I'm sure your initial instinct is to say, 'of course, I will tell the truth!' I'm sure there are many (respected) writers who embellish, make a story their own and, in turn, it's not so much the truth as it is 'a truth'. It can be a slippery slope." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel