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Divorce rates are spiking in 2020, who to listen to?

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I remember when I was a teenager and I got a new puppy. I took the puppy to a training school. The rambunctious little thing was yapping away. All the other puppies sat there silently, well behaved, making me look bad. I was petting the puppy. Trying to soothe her. Wanting her to shut up so the trainer would stop looking at me.


Inaccurate polls make Trump loyalists even more sceptical, lessons for Trump’s rerun in 2024

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You can see that the narratives public leaders share with their following have a massive impact in determining consequential behaviour. In the case of MAGA crusaders — it’s important to understand how earlier tactics of describing polls as a form of suppression led to a disgruntled fan base who started to believe that even the media are lying.


4 lessons from the life of a world-leading entrepreneur, worth $840 million — RIP Tony Hsieh

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In the fast-paced startup culture, Tony Hsieh stood out for his unique attitude and incredible values. He was a mentor to many young entrepreneurs and an internet icon for budding founders who wanted to embrace a unique purpose-driven life.

“The biggest (and hardest) lesson I’ve learned in life is that the external world is just a reflection of the world within.” — Tony Hsieh

Hsieh had incredible success in LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. Then as the CEO of Zappos until 2020. …


Exploring the good, bad and ugly of AI at work & insight into living with a rare neurological condition

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Earlier this week I read a recent exclusive piece on the Guardian that caught my attention. The title read: “Call centre staff to be monitored via webcam for home-working ‘infractions’”. The article detailed how the company, Teleperformance, which employs around 380,000 staff in 34 countries, is using AI webcams to monitor staff while working from home.


They will watch staff and send images to managers — the impact will be profoundly negative

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In my misplaced optimism, I felt like at least one benefit of Covid-19 was a shift in perspective about human productivity. I felt like we were all beginning to see each other as less robotic, more human. Humans with emotions, physical needs, copious amounts of stress and varying levels of wellbeing.


Amazon is aggressively intimidating workers. Join the #BoycottAmazon campaign from Sunday, March 7 to Saturday, March 13 to fight for safe and fair working conditions.

An Amazon worker protests “inhuman conditions” at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Swansea, Wales, on Black Friday 2018. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Working conditions in Amazon warehouses are horrendous. Amazon workers in the UK are forced to urinate in plastic bottles because they cannot go to the toilet on shift. The warehouses in the US have incredibly high rates of injury (three times the national average for warehouses). Amazon refuses to make reasonable adjustments for disabled workers. They have unrealistically high “productivity quotas”, where workers are forced to pack hundreds of boxes per hour, or face firing.

Amazon workers are monitored, supervised and fired by an algorithm.

Leaked Amazon documents reveal that: “Amazon’s system tracks the rates of each individual associate’s productivity, and automatically generates any warnings or terminations regarding quality or…


Micro-dosing, therapeutic psychedelics and a Q&A with Molecular Biologist, Nick Milne, PhD

A few days ago I scrolled past a peculiar ad. I’m never sure what exactly the Instagram algorithm gods have in store for me, but here I was, staring into the void of what my micro-dosed brain could look like.

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I fundamentally don’t like the idea that I am a little worker bee who needs to ingest psychedelics to increase my productivity (and thus increase the profit of whoever is hiring me). If I am not productive enough to keep up without psychedelics, then the system is flawed and my workload should decrease.


Trendy AI ideas detract from real, impactful solutions in the fight for gender equality

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When I saw Japan had announced $19 million to launch an “AI tinder”, my first thought was that this is a cosmetic, faddy solution to a wickedly deep problem.


I interviewed an astrophotographer about how space can help us handle isolation

Josh’s beautiful photo of the Milky Way galaxy seen from Lake Pukaki, NZ

Lately, I’ve noticed that feeling of isolation which creeps slowly into your lockdown life. It bleeds in slowly at first, just into the corners, but then eventually paints the whole thing red. I was reflecting with a friend about how interacting with so few people has caused my perception of myself to shift.


Entrepreneurs are negotiating constantly, yet few are ever taught how

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Last semester I was teaching negotiation to a room full of entrepreneurs. I asked them a simple question:

Nicola Thomas

PhD researcher interested in the intersection of psychology, emotions, technology, and work. Join my monthly newsletter: https://nicolathomas.substack.com/

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