Princeton's School of Hard Knocks
Bloomberg View, September 02, 2015Every January a great team loses the Super Bowl. Every April three of the Final Four go down. And every September, extraordinary students arrive at highly selective universities only to discover that one out of every two really will wind up in the bottom half of the freshman class--and one out of every five in the bottom quintile.
Big Data Builds a Better "Help Wanted" Ad
Bloomberg View, August 20, 2015Using an enormous and continually updated database of job postings and results, Textio, a Seattle-based startup, applies machine learning and natural language processing techniques to see what works -- and what doesn’t -- in job ads, whether for candidates in general, specific industries, or male or female job seekers. The results provide a fascinating peek into contemporary business.
Robots Won't Rule the Checkout Lane
Bloomberg View, August 10, 2015To see why robots aren't going to wipe out everyone's job anytime soon, look no further than the annoyed and bewildered customers confronting store self-checkout units squawking, "Unexpected item in bagging area" and "Help is on the way."
Big Data Knows You Like Losers
Bloomberg View, July 29, 2015Some customers are "harbingers of failure," disproportionately drawn to new products destined to fail.
Greece's Problems Extend to the Cloud
Bloomberg View, July 02, 2015Silicon Valley chips in to keep Greek startups online.
How to See Less of Florence
Bloomberg View, June 23, 2015Thanks to the strong dollar, larger than usual hordes of American tourists are thronging to European destinations. If you're going to Florence, here are some tips for keeping your sanity -- and discovering some hidden pleasures -- amid the madding crowds.
Call Charleston Evil By Its Name
Bloomberg View, June 19, 2015A (black) church in Charleston, a (kosher) supermarket in Paris: what the praiseworthy rhetoric of common humanity leaves out
Harvard Gets Its Geek On
Bloomberg View, June 18, 2015Harvard realizes that a first-rate university needs a first-rate engineering school.
Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech
Bloomberg View, June 09, 2015Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they’re clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric.
Losing the Thread
Aeon, June 05, 2015Older than bronze and as new as nanowires, textiles are technology — and they have remade our world time and again.