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From Demagogues to Mental Fog – the Side Effects of the Information Age

Resource Author:  Paul Ratner
Resource Date:  09/11/2016
Resource Name:  Big Think
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Demagogues or rabble rousers have always had a leg up in the political arena. If you can whip up a frenzy of prejudice and ignorance and raise the specter of looming threats or conspiratorial “elites”, while not being particularly beholden to facts, you’ll get a big chunk of the population on your side. And in an age where our daily lives are overwhelmed by an incessant glut of information, demagogues have more power than ever. Amazing accessibility of most information has devalued facts, blurring lines between experts and demagogues. Getting away with untruths may be easier than ever.

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Almax puts AI to work on information overload in capital markets

Resource Date:  09/22/2016
Resource Name:  Finextra
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Almax debuted in January 2016 as an Innovative Company to Watch by KPMG Luxembourg and quickly built demand and investor interest, thereby closing the seed round April 2016 to develop this first to market technology.

“We are excited to present our product to the market and have worked hard to deliver this technology,” says Balazs Klemm, Chief Executive and Founder. “On behalf of the company I need to thank our loyal supporters and the Almax team for their commitment and patience. We look forward to growing the business and already engaged in Series A financing discussions.”

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Daniel Levitin warns you not to trust your gut online

Resource Date:  09/22/2016
Resource Name:  CBC Radio
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Daniel Levitin worries about our tendency to believe the media. Or rather, our unchecked and uncritical consumption of it.

Gone are the days of the newspaper of record and journalists acting as authenticity gatekeepers. In it’s place are tabloids that value immediacy over accuracy.

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Weekend Reads: Storytelling, Information Overload, and Chaos Syndrome

Resource Author:  Lauren Foster
Resource Date:  09/22/2016
Resource Name:  Enterprising Investor
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This may come as something of a surprise, but television sets didn’t flicker into grainy existence nationwide in South Africa until 1976 and TV ads didn’t start until 1978. Programming was tightly controlled and limited to a few hours a night, alternating between Afrikaans and English.

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Maximum Capacity: Fighting Data Overload

Resource Date:  10/06/2016
Resource Name:  Black Enterprise
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According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, gaming is the most popular category in the App Store with over half a million games to choose from. A single video game can generate billions of dollars, and be consumed globally on computers, mobile devices, and consoles leading to more opportunities for content exposure.

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Internet Marketing Company, fishbat, Shares 5 Digital Branding Strategies for New Entrepreneur

Resource Date:  10/20/2016
Resource Name:  Broadway World
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TRIBECA, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ fishbat is a leading Internet marketing company which combines proven digital marketing strategies that include search engine optimization (SEO), digital ads, and social media optimization (SMO) to help businesses increase profits and expand brand awareness.

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Dignity and Sadness in the Working Class

Resource Author:  David Brooks
Resource Date:  09/20/2016
Resource Name:  The New York Times
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A few weeks ago I met a guy in Kentucky who’d lived through every trend of deindustrializing America.

He grew up about 65 years ago on a tobacco and cattle farm, but he always liked engines, so even while in high school he worked 40 hours a week in a garage. Then he went to work in a series of factories — making airplane parts, car seats, sheet metal and casings for those big air-conditioning fans you see on the top of buildings.

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Empower consumers’ financial decisions through communications innovation – FCA

Resource Author:  Victoria McKeever
Resource Date:  10/11/2016
Resource Name:  Professional Observer
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today issued a feedback statement to last year’s ‘Smarter Consumer Communications’ discussion paper, acknowledging the need to be more flexible in both what and how financial services businesses communicate to consumers.

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The Ideal Office Floor Plan, According to Science

Resource Author:  Rebecca Greenfield
Resource Date:  08/01/2106
Resource Name:  Bloomberg
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The open office plan that everybody loves to hate is here to stay. The ideal seating plan still involves sitting almost on top of your co-workers, according to new research from Harvard Business School in collaboration with Cornerstone OnDemand. What changes, however, is who exactly sits next to whom.

For two years, researchers followed the seating arrangements and output of 2,000 workers at an unidentified technology company, measuring the proximity and productivity of the participants by looking at how quickly they completed tasks. The denser an area is with productive people, the better it was for a nearby worker’s productivity, effectiveness, and quality of work, the research found.

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What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

Resource Author:  Michael Harris
Resource Date:  08/21/2016
Resource Name:  Quartz
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Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the observations of Melvin Kranzberg, argues that “technology is neither good nor evil. The most we can say about it is this: It has come.”

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