Tag: Technology


Jobs That Sail Away for Good

You know the rhyme: “The butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker, they all sailed out to sea…” Turns out, they won’t be out there alone: They’ll soon be joined by the bookkeeper, the ticket-taker and the telemarketer, with hundreds of other professions following in their wake. Our jobs are at risk, and so are we. Just check out this 2013 report from Oxford, and this “Will Your Job Be Done By a Machine?” tool on NPR’s website. They’re a reality check about the many jobs we may soon see computerized and/or automated......

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Fish, Phones and Bumper Stickers: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (May 18 – May 22), we explored bumper sticker irony, the tech industry’s strong push to keep private smartphone data protected from government overreach, the longing to spend our time and energy on purposeful endeavors, and the candid new video giving young Black men and boys a voice. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Coexisting Beyond Bumper Stickers – Brad Hirschfield Walking with a friend the other day, I noticed these bumper stickers on the back of......

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Will the U.S. Be Smart About Smartphone Privacy?

As U.S. government officials consider how to meet law enforcement’s need for access to data – now increasingly encrypted on personal tech devices – Google, Apple and 140 other technology firms are pushing back. In an appeal to the Obama administration, they argue that “strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security.” Still, we shouldn’t forget: The cellphone is one of the single most important tools in 21st-century terrorism. Privacy is a priority for Americans, but what about public safety? Is the tech industry’s position a responsible one? “They......

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How Does Disruptive Innovation Help Sacred Communities?

There was an unlikely group of guests at last month’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards: ten rabbis. This cohort (of which I was fortunate to be a part) was present through the Rabbis Without Borders program of Clal. As one of the few clergy among the attendees, there was an unspoken, but invaluable, question for me: Can religious communities survive disruptive innovation? Perhaps ironically, our very presence as standard-bearers of a religion that predates the Bronze Age was itself disruptive to the 800 participants, largely from across high tech, financial, governmental, and entrepreneurial......

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Innovating Race in America

Do you know who Dixon White is? The proud, self-proclaimed “redneck” is a former racist – and a YouTube phenomenon. His viscerally honest, rough, intense, cuss-filled (NSFW), incredibly discomforting video “I’m a Redneck and I Love America” has already gone viral with millions of views. In the clip, he picks apart “a White supremacist culture that caters to White people,” calls for Americans who aren’t people of color to “reject White privilege” and “to take some responsibility for undoing racism.” And he rails against hollow claims that we live in a post-racial......

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Celebrate Ideas that Break the Mold

So there I was last Friday morning on stage, about to smash a glass in front of hundreds of people. But this was no wedding. It was part of an opening ceremony at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, which are sort of like MTV’s VMAs, but with a red hammer instead of a moon man. The awards celebrate “those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact.”? Winners present that morning included Shane Smith of Vice Media, Bill Simmons of Grantland, Brad Katsuyama of IEX, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who......

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Giving, Rebelling and Slowing Down: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (April 20-24), we took a look at what may finally be slowing the pace of the tech revolution, how we rationalize our decisions to make sacrifices, why Israeli food represents more than local flavor, what keeps us from seeing our neighbors in need, and where women are rebelling against religious rules. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   If Our Tech Revolution Slows Down, What’s Next? – Brad Hirschfield Fifty years ago this week, an important prediction by......

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If Our Tech Revolution Slows Down, What's Next?

Fifty years ago this week, an important prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore was made. Had “Moore’s Law” not come true, none of our lives would be the same today. Imagine little or no access to computers for most of us, no smart phones, no digital media as we know it. Those advances all depended on Moore’s Law. But that pattern may finally be dying. IBM research director Supratik Guha explains on Fortune.com: “The reason behind this relentless progress is….Moore’s Law. The micro-chip is built with tiny electrical switches made of purified......

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Water From Thin Air

Here is innovation at its best: A billboard created to actually generate potable water from nothing but thin air. And this incredible invention was unveiled in the city of Lima, Peru, a place where a fresh water shortage has been one of the biggest problems for those in the community and nearby villages. The project, developed at the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), is inspiring. Innovation arises when passion and purpose come together, when people collaborate across different domains and expertise and when different technologies are combined. As in the case......

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The Nostalgia Machine

Have you ever felt in one of those lonely, sad, or just funky moods when a pop song suddenly brought back memories, and evoked a wistful wave of joy? Recently, for me, it was the Grateful Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain” that took me right back to those days of being fearlessly creative in the face of the fire coming at me… And then Southside Johnny’s “We’re Having a Party” had me back a few decades, dancing in carefree, intoxicating love with my then-girlfriend (now wife for 32 years) Dana… We all......

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