September 8 is International Literacy Day. Even though Google's recent restructuring has nothing to do with literacy, it is a curious fact that the parent company that Larry Page and Sergey Brin created, is called, Alphabet. As Larry wrote in his blog, speaking for Sergey and himself:
Under the disclosed terms, the newly formed Alphabet will own Google's various businesses. With this reorganization, Google is trying to cast a wide net and is distancing itself from the fact that it is the world's leader in search.
This is the problem with turning society over to engineers. While they love efficiency, they are not great a uncertainty, failure or serendipity. And in many ways, those elements are the most interesting aspects of the texture of the human experience. And all of this is about to be lost.
As a true believer in a unified Europe, I dream a continent willing to invest in future generations and ready to support all viewpoints -- a diversity that reinforces a common vision and builds fair opportunities for all European citizens.
Being your own boss might sound like a dream come true, but starting your own business isn't an easy path. The reality is it takes a lot of sweat, tears, hard work and discipline to be a successful entrepreneur.
Google's attempt to provide people with a new interface -- Google Glass -- rather than try to ban behavior that's clearly on the rise, seems both logical and a pro-social solution.
Google works very differently from other companies that have been dubbed "gatekeepers" and that are regulated accordingly. We are not a ferry, a railroad, a telecommunications network, or an electricity grid with only one line serving you and no competitors allowed. No one is stuck using Google. People have choices, and they exercise them all the time. We know that if we cease to be useful, our users will leave. The barriers to entry are negligible, because competition is just one click away.
As we are glued to our widescreen HDTV's, watching every move by today's "fútbol" stars like Ronaldo and Messi, Pelé reminds us that they each have ten other players on "the pitch" and many more on the bench, sharing with our joy in each glorious goal.
Soft they may be, but these skills constitute a combination that is essential to the core work of innovation, which rarely happens in instantaneous individual breakthroughs but rather evolves through collaborative group endeavors in which personal adaptability is a necessity.
Individualism is clearly important. Achieving the American dream has always been rooted in hard work and individual attainment. Upward mobility and long-term prosperity requires each of us to take ownership of our success.
This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.
If they can convince Americans to eat plant-based chicken instead of its feathery (and fleshy, and bloody) counterpart, the results could be transformative -- for both our diets and our planet.
If I had to choose one word to explain why I chose philosophy as my college major, that word would be "Nausea." I'm talking, of course, about Nausea,...
It is sad, but only if you let it overwhelm you. Electronic gimmicks and outlets are like forbidden, fat-laden food. You have to learn to discipline yourself and consume just enough to satisfy your craving, without causing damage to your physical or mental health.
From the moment that Sergey Brin wandered by me in the lobby at TED this year, I found myself in love. Not with him, of course, but with his glasses....
This year's TED was a remarkable collection of thinkers and dreamers -- here are some images from the past week's event