Perth Leadership Institute - Latest blog entries http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:46:16 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Wrinkle recognition? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wrinkle-recognition http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wrinkle-recognition
Facial recognition is hot now. The software is now so good it’s being used for crime prevention and apprehension by law agencies. This is leading to a revolution in law and order as we speak. Did you see the research that links particular types of wrinkles to heart disease? Apparently, these wrinkles are a good predictor. So, what I’m wondering is ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:42:20 +0000
Is alcohol worse than smoking? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-alcohol-worse-than-smoking http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-alcohol-worse-than-smoking
I’m sure you noticed the recent report about drinking alcohol. It’s based on an article in the Lancet , the British medical journal. Its well-known to be an authoritative source so that gives the report a high level of street cred. In sum, the article concludes that there’s no safe level of alcohol . No matter how little you drink, it carries a def...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 08 Sep 2018 13:24:46 +0000
Will climate change cure baldness? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-climate-change-cure-baldness http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-climate-change-cure-baldness
Yep I know that I’m raising yet another hair-(sorry) brained idea, but consider it wishful thinking on the part of a hair-deficient yet hopeful male (viz. me). My idea is that climate change will make males like me hairier. That’s why so many males don’t care about – indeed heartily wish for – climate change; the more the merrier. What evidence, yo...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Tue, 21 Aug 2018 23:05:31 +0000
Can AIs have will-power? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-have-will-power http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-have-will-power
With AIs it’s all about intelligence and smarts. Can they think better than us? Will they make better decisions? And so on. Probably the answer to all of these questions is yes, eventually if not sooner. I’m a (poor and slow) runner so I like to read books about running to see how the really good ones perform. I just read the semi-autobiography of ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:21:38 +0000
Why don't risk managers worldwide not use behavior as a component of financial and investment risk? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/why-don-t-risk-managers-worldwide-not-use-behavior-as-a-component-of-financial-and-investment-risk http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/why-don-t-risk-managers-worldwide-not-use-behavior-as-a-component-of-financial-and-investment-risk
Perth Leadership Institute and its founderE.  Ted Prince do a new take on an old issue. See the article by Katherine Heires in the Global Association of Risk Professionals:   ]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:00:03 +0000
How about the new amazing intermittent fasting pescatarian diet? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-the-new-amazing-intermittent-fasting-pescatarian-diet http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-the-new-amazing-intermittent-fasting-pescatarian-diet
Paleo, keto, Mediterranean, Dr. Atkins, Weight-Watchers. So many diets, so little time to lose weight! What’s a girl to do? Your company might help you out by making you a vegetarian, as the phenom WeWork has done recently. The company will no longer serve any type of meat nor reimburse you for a burger. Tough right? It’s officially now a vegetaria...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:28:32 +0000
Are electric scooters the next mega-extinction event on Earth? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-electric-scooters-the-next-mega-extinction-event-on-earth http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-electric-scooters-the-next-mega-extinction-event-on-earth
  I suppose you have seen the latest techno-phenomenon, namely electric scooters (" Electric scooters are invading. Bird's CEO leads the charge "). Now you can go to work on them by just getting their app and unlocking the contraption. They are supposed to be leading to reductions in traffic and maybe they even are.   When I go to China I see the d...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:44:20 +0000
Deepfaking neuroscience http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/deepfaking-neuroscience http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/deepfaking-neuroscience
  Have you heard about deepfaking? Yep it’s a real word, albeit very new. Deepfaking is about how you can modify a video in such a sophisticated way that it’s impossible to tell it’s a fak e.   That’s gonna put the cat amongst the pigeons right? Who will ever know what anyone ever said about anything once this stuff goes global, which is happening ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 14 Jul 2018 12:46:17 +0000
Can you edit your own genes – by thought alone? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-you-edit-your-own-genes-by-thought-alone http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-you-edit-your-own-genes-by-thought-alone
So the talk of the town, biologically speaking anyway, is CRISPR Cas9 (ok dumbbells, here’s the Cliff Notes version ). It’s the new way to slice and dice genes. Actually it’s unbelievably amazing, at least to my tiny mind. Now scientists can cut and paste genes like word-processing bread (HUH?). Anyway you get the idea.   Now we are the verge of be...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:56:07 +0000
Does mindfulness hurt business performance? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-mindfulness-hurt-business-performance http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-mindfulness-hurt-business-performance
Mindfulness is hot. Google is a big proponent of mindfulness training, so that gives it the ultimate good management seal of approval? Nothing to question, right? You know I’ve got to respectfully disagree.   So what if a couple of respected researchers have evidence that mindfulness training reduces motivation? Check this out: “ Hey Boss, You Don’...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Decision-making Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:53:11 +0000
Will AIs Commit Suicide? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-ais-commit-suicide http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-ais-commit-suicide
There’s been a spate of news about suicides by some well-known celebrities. That got me to thinking about suicide itself. I’ve done a lot of thinking about AIs so I wondered what this all means for AIs in the future. From there on I meandered into thinking about free will, as in, will AIs have it? Esoteric, yes, but nothing is more immediate than s...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 16 Jun 2018 12:29:24 +0000
Could augmented reality save affordable housing? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-augmented-reality-save-affordable-housing http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-augmented-reality-save-affordable-housing
Did you see the one where 95 affordable apartments were offered for rent in Ye Olde San Francisco recently and 6580 people applied ? So much for being poor in the richest city in the US.   In a similar vein, I keep on seeing all this stuff about foreign heads of state being entertained at Mar a Lago. Hmm, that sounds like there’s a tin ear somewher...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:13:20 +0000
Could black holes be a source of clean energy? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-black-holes-be-a-source-of-clean-energy http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-black-holes-be-a-source-of-clean-energy
Did you see that astronomers have found tens of thousands of black holes at the center of the Milky Way ? We used to think there was just one, albeit very heavy. There are black holes that have the mass of an entire galaxy and are growing at unimaginable rates . And they don’t just come in singles or even six-packs. They come in swarms!   So is the...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:22:53 +0000
Can AIs suffer from mental health issues? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues
So the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” has just been re-released . I saw it when it was first released and I didn’t understand it even then. No doubt I will be none the wiser this time around. But one thing still sticks in my mind; HAL, the mission computer had a bad case of mental ill-health.   “2001” was a prescient work in so many ways. I think t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 26 May 2018 13:19:22 +0000
China has just leapfrogged the US in a big way http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/china-has-just-leapfrogged-the-us-in-a-big-way http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/china-has-just-leapfrogged-the-us-in-a-big-way
I just arrived back from one of my regular business trips to China. Here’s my tally: air pollution is even worse, water in rivers is filthy. Yet the built environment is even more impressive and the Chinese people have made giant steps forward over their American and European counterparts in the convenience of their lives. How so?   It’s called WeC...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 19 May 2018 12:44:48 +0000
What if exercise and brain training don’t help Alzheimer’s? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s
  I recently read an obituary of someone the town in which I live. He had died from complications of Alzheimer’s at the age of 73. What had caught my attention and stimulated my curiosity was that he had been a runner.   I’m a runner too so I read the lengthy obituary just out of curiosity about the rest of his life, and yes, what sort of life had ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 12 May 2018 12:15:57 +0000
Could gene editing solve the online privacy and security problem? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-gene-editing-solve-the-online-privacy-and-security-problem http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-gene-editing-solve-the-online-privacy-and-security-problem
Facebook has been roasted lately due to its user privacy issues, not to mention its hosting of those infamous fake news feeds. No good deed goes unvarnished…   But I guess they’re not the only ones to have that problem: how about the Federal Office of Personnel Management where 4 million personnel records were stolen by hackers , including probably...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:15:53 +0000
Are viruses the biological equivalent of dark matter? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter
Did you get the flu? I was so lucky, I got it twice! So lots of stuff about influenza in the news. Other than that, how could you ever get excited about it?   Influenza is a virus . Everyone knows that too. Nothing exciting there either, right?   But what if there were many more of the little critters than we had imagined? What if they were literal...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:26:32 +0000
Space is actually for making ourselves more beautiful http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-is-actually-for-making-ourselves-more-beautiful http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-is-actually-for-making-ourselves-more-beautiful
Did you notice the news about Scott Kelly, the US astronaut? His DNA changed while he was in space, 7% of it to be exact. Actually it turns out that the report wasn’t quite correct; in fact the way his DNA was expressed changed for 7% of it . Whatever, his body changed.   How so? Well for a start he got 2 inches taller (but that was temporary). And...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:18:00 +0000
Self-driving cars – just blame the victim http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-cars-just-blame-the-victim http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-cars-just-blame-the-victim
So now several people have been killed in accidents in self-driving cars. What gives?   I’ve been driving for many years but I don’t regard myself as a good driver. For one thing I've got poor eyesight. I get easily confused at night and sometime in heavy traffic conditions. Here are three of the driving situations in which I feel most uncomfortabl...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:54:15 +0000