Of Robots and Men (apologies to Steinbeck)

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs advanced automation, AI, driverless cars, and other robots begin replacing jobs in the 21st century, it is worth reflecting on the ‘rules’ that smart non-human agents should utilize. In other words: how does one construct robot ethics? This is a useful exercise as involves an element of reflexivity: one must consider some ideas about […]

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Reverse Tithing

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn ancient Babylon, the standard tax was a simple one-tenth of one’s assets were reserved for the state. It was an easy code that anyone could understand and calculate. At a later time, this political idea of giving 10% to a worldly king was transferred to giving that same amount to God (or, more realistically, […]

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Alpha and Omega

Reading Time: 1 minuteI am the light everywhere All is who I am. Everything has poured from my lips, All will flow back to my heart. I am the eternal source. Split the atom: I am there. Decode the genome and There you will find me. Note: this unpublished poem, Alpha and Omega, was composed in November, 1996. […]

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The 70/30 Rule of Time

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis rule is for managers and others who do not have full control of their time. I developed this ‘rule’ 15 years ago when I was managing an IT department with 20 associates, 200 projects, and 2000 computers…and I learned this lesson the hard way. Often, due to the number of meetings I had to […]

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Franklin’s Way to Wealth

Reading Time: 1 minute“The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.” – Benjamin Franklin Franklin certainly supported his ‘way to […]

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Are you Moving Forwards or Backwards?

Reading Time: 1 minute“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Most view success as the completion of a task, project, or goal; however, I think this is misguided as few accomplishment are instantaneous. Instead, the ending is just the fruit of […]

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What Don’t You Do (for a living)?

Reading Time: 1 minuteQ: What do you do? A: <Answers Will Vary> The above question is often a boring ‘opening’ or conversation killer during an initial introduction. It merely elicits a title (e.g. a banker, a doctor, a project manager, a teacher). Of course, your professional life is hard to sum up in a word or two and […]

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The Four Word Diet, Part 2

Reading Time: 2 minutesIs there an easy, affordable, and effective way to implement the Four Word Diet? I think so. Yet, this is no free lunch (pardon the pun). It does require an investment of time, energy, and thought. Eat Less Reducing the number of calories one ingests on a daily basis can be achieved without beginning a […]

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The Four Word Diet, Part 1

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis formula will never result in a best-selling diet book, but here is <drum roll, please> the Four Word Diet: Eat Less, Move More.  Although some charlatans will always be peddling magic potions and so-called ‘super-scientific’ methods for shedding pounds, Caveat Emptor. There are three main ways to lose weight: You can eat less (e.g. […]

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Life is too Short

Reading Time: 1 minute“Life is too short to be too serious or too foolish.” – Thom Quinn We do not experience time’s arrow as a constant. Instead, it always accelerates: each day it speeds up ever-so-slightly, traveling faster and faster. Additionally, this seemingly rapid ride is also very brief. I think Crowfoot (1830-1890), the great Blackfoot Chief, warrior, […]

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