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Singapore experiments with smart government
January 22, 2018 | FT | by John Thornhill.

Singapore has a reputation as a free-trading entrepôt, beloved of buccaneering Brexiters. ....But stiff new challenges confront Singapore, just as they do all other countries, in the face of the latest technological upheavals. Is the smart nation, as it likes to style itself, smart enough to engineer another reboot?.....Singapore is becoming a prime test bed for how developed nations can best manage the potentially disruptive forces unleashed by powerful new technologies, such as advanced robotics and artificial intelligence...Naturally, Singapore’s technocratic government is well aware of those challenges and is already rethinking policy and practice. True to its heritage, it is pursuing a hybrid approach, mixing free market principles and state activism.

Rather than passively reacting to the technological challenges, the island state is actively embracing them....“The real skill of Singapore has been to reverse engineer the needs of industry and to supply them in a much more cost-effective way than simply writing a cheque,” says Rob Bier, managing partner of Trellis Asia, which advises high-growth start-ups...To take one example, the country has become an enthusiastic promoter of autonomous vehicles. The government has created one of the most permissive regulatory regimes in the world to test driverless cars.....GovTech’s aim is to help offer seamless, convenient public services for all users, creating a truly digital society, economy and government. To that end, the government is acting as a public sector platform, creating a secure and accessible open-data infrastructure for its citizens and companies. For example, with users’ permission, Singapore’s national identity database can be accessed by eight commercial banks to verify customers with minimal fuss. A public health service app now allows parents to keep check of their children’s vaccinations.

By running with the technological wolves, Singapore is clearly hoping to tame the pack.
Singapore  autonomous_vehicles  dislocations  traffic_congestion  aging  smart_government  disruption  robotics  automation  artificial_intelligence  test_beds  reboot  city_states  experimentation  forward-thinking  open-data  privacy  reverse_engineering 
january 2018 by jerryking
Plausible Deniability
After an accident, House wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what got him there.
“House, I don’t need you to be off Vicodin for that. If you feel that you need it, then I’ll support you. I’m not going to fight you on it anymore.”

House smiles again at that and the look on his face tells Wilson that he’d expected that answer. Wilson feels his pulse flutter again and it’s also then that he notices that House’s hands are shaking slightly.

“Exactly,” House answers, as if Wilson is a star pupil who just answered a difficult question. And maybe, Wilson thinks, he has just done exactly that.
HouseM.D.  House/Wilson  author:writerdot  S7  episode:Fall-from-Grace  post-Huddy-arc  romance  angst-with-a-happy-ending  hurt/comfort  emotional-hurt/comfort  mystery  alternating-POV  flashbacks  hospitalisation  hurt!House  headaches  amnesia  post-traumatic-amnesia  retrograde-amnesia  brain-injury  head-trauma  dehydration  House’s-leg-pain  nausea  vomiting  loss-of-consciousness  tremors  sleep-deprivation  fatigue  hurt!Wilson  bruises  dislocations  dislocated-shoulder/s  sprains  sprained-ankle/s  crying  panic-attacks  drowsiness  motor-vehicle-accidents  punching  intoxication  nightmares  trope:Flashback-Nightmare  strained/broken-friendships  reconciliation  observation  confrontations  realisation-of-feelings  deduction/induction  love-confessions  kissing  hand/wrist-holding  fic  site:AO3  word-count:20-30k   
january 2018 by SHSL_Fangirl
Kutner's Teachings
In the wake of an argument between Wilson and House, Wilson gets an unexpected visit from beyond the grave to show him House's past and future.
"This isn't a joke, Wilson. Do you need proof? Ask me a question, anything, and I'll answer it for you. It's one of the perks of being dead."

Wilson swallowed. "What am I thinking right now?"

Kutner gave him a thin smile. "And I quote, 'holy shit holy shit holy shit, how the hell is Kutner talking to me right now, House must have put LSD in my coffee when I wasn't paying attention, or am I hallucinating…"

He stared at Wilson, who was now breathing rapidly. "Should I go on?"

Wilson took a shuddering breath. "What number am I thinking of, between one and one billion?"

Kutner blinked. "You aren't thinking of a number. You're thinking, 'I won't think of a number, and when he says one I'll know I'm not totally insane."

Wilson sat down on the couch, feeling like the wind had been knocked out of him.

:::::☆ ☆:::::

House's dad opened the door. House jumped up, standing rigidly as his father advanced on him like a predatory animal.

"So, boy," his dad said menacingly, none of the false sweetness from dinner in his voice any longer. "Your mother tells me you mouthed off to her today while I was at the base."

House quivered, paling. "No, sir."

"No?" he questioned sharply, taking a step forward. House seemed to fighting with himself to not flee in the opposite direction.

"N-No," he repeated, swallowing. "I… was telling her what a star was made of."

His father sneered. "You /corrected/ her."

A small pearl of determination bloomed on House's face, an expression that Wilson knew well. "She was wrong."

Without warning, John's hand snapped out and backhanded his son across the face. Wilson felt the impact like John had hit him instead of his son.

:::::☆ ☆:::::

/'What was that?'/ he thought, as he heard a car pull up in front of his building. With a sense of foreboding, they both realized that it was Wilson pulling up.

/Oh, no. Not him./

Wilson felt sort of hurt, until he heard House's next thought. /‘I don't want to snap at him. But I don't want him to see me like this. It'll kill him.'/

/'And on top of this, I can't deal with a lecture, which he's sure to give me when I mention that I need my prescription refilled, again. "You're abusing them, House. You're addicted, House"'/ he mocked, his mind mimicking Wilson's voice perfectly. Wilson flinched to hear his own harsh words like that. /'For God's sake, I'm/ dependent. /Without them I'd be in pain like this on a regular basis. But does he know about that? No. And do I plan on telling him that? Obviously not.'/

It seemed like House was defending Wilson in his own mind. Wilson couldn't help but feel he didn't really deserve it.

House sighed. /'Can you blame him, Greg? The things are killing you. But I need them. They're the only things that work without making me fuzzy. It's not like I work on morphine, I'm not that stupid.'/

House was arguing with himself, back and forth. /'I've tried a hundred other things. Nothing works. And even now, Vicodin fails me sometimes. Damn it! I'm so/ tired /of being in pain!'/

Wilson heard himself knock on the door. /'No. Please, Wilson, go away. I don't want to rip you apart. You're all I have.'/

Of course, he opened the door. Wilson felt a vague sense of disgust for himself as he unlocked the door, striding in.

From this angle, of course, he could see what he hadn't last night. House was breathing fast, pain making his thoughts bump and hitch like a car on a dirt road. His eyes were tightly shut and sweat was dripping down his neck, drenching his tee shirt.

House opened his eyes, turning with effort to look at Wilson. /'Gotta get him out of here before I get another cramp. I can't put him back in that pitiful position, man's gotta live his own life. Come on Greg, suck it up. You know he'll see it on your face if you let him, and it's only a matter of time before he's tired of you… just like Stacy was.'/

House's real voice was much steadier than his thoughts, and Wilson took a moment to marvel at how well he hid the pain. "Go away, Wilson. I'm tired and I don't feel like it tonight."

His thoughts held more truth. /'God, I sound like a total ass. But that's the goal, isn't it? Better if he gets mad, than if he gives up all together.'/

House got desperate as Wilson came closer. /'He gets around the couch, and he'll know something's wrong, and he'll freak.'/ "Did you not hear me? Get the hell out!"

/'Damn!'/ House thought as another cramp began. Wilson swallowed as his inner dialogue faded to a bad cell phone connection. /'Calm down, Greg. Calm down or you're going to scream out loud, and he'll never leave you alone.'/

Wilson wanted to slap himself.

"Why?"

/'Because I don't want to snap at you and say something incredibly awful because I'm in pain. Because I still want you to want to be around me on good days, because I need you. You're all I have.'/

"I don't want you here?" /'God, that came out as a question. Be more forceful, or he's not going to believe you!'/

Wilson had snapped then. "Really? You really don't? Because I seem to be over here a lot when you supposedly don't want me, but it seems like I do a lot of cleaning up your wasted ass for you to resent me."

/'Yeah, you do. And thank you./ Thank /you. But I don't want your pity. Tonight, you need to leave, because you/ don't /need to see me in breakthrough pain. I might get past even your needy meter, and then you'll leave me alone and won't come back, and I'll end up killing myself.'/

"That's fine with me, Jimmy, if you need to stroke your ego by hanging around a needy cripple. But tonight, you need to go back to your lonely apartment, with no wife to keep you company, and leave me the hell alone!"

/'Jesus Christ, that was harsh. But look at his face. He should be mad enough to leave you alone now, and he won't have to stick around to keep me together. I can manage. I think.'/

:::::☆ ☆:::::

"Actually, I'm going to be late."

"And /why/ is that?"

/'Because I made Wilson mad last night, and he doesn't want to deal with me, and I don't want to have a spasm in the car and crash, and I physically/ can not /ride my bike at the moment, and I don't want to get on a bus because every time I do I think about Wilson's dead girlfriend, so I'm going to have to call a cab. Because I need to eat/ something /before I pass out from low blood sugar, and I have nothing except a jar of peanut butter in the pantry. Because the fact that I'm coming into work at all should shock you, but it doesn't, because you don't actually care and neither does anyone else, but that's to be expected because I treat you all like the sticky stuff I find under my Nikes.'/

"Having a bit of car trouble."

:::::☆ ☆:::::

House's eyes found his, the diagnostician's filled with stunned disbelief. "Wilson… what're you..?"

Wilson cut him off, picking up the syringe and slowly pushing the drugs into House's system. "House, again, you're an /idiot/. When you're in pain… just /tell/ me."

House just stared at him, his eyes clouding slightly as the drug entered into his system. "But how'd you…"

Wilson grinned, recognizing his friend was more than a little goofy under the influence of strong narcotics. "Call it my spidey-senses."

House's eyes fluttered. He was exhausted, mentally and physically beat by the past few days. However, he fought the drugs and the rest they promised, gripping Wilson's shirt.

"Where were you 'day?" House demanded groggily. "Cuddy said… fam' 'mergency."

Wilson shook his head. Even dealing with his own hell, House still managed to worry about him. "It was nothing, House. I just played hooky."

House grinned. "Slimy… bastard…" he accused Wilson playfully. Then he dropped like a rock in the water, his head landing on the couch with a thud as he began to sleep well for the first time in days. His arm slipped down, relaxed hand no longer clutching Wilson's dress shirt.

:::::☆ ☆:::::

Wilson glanced at the TV; it had changed to a funny ad on condoms. It looked like a small child was rolling around on the floor of a super market, throwing a fit. His father was unsuccessfully trying to get him to stop. A close up of the man's exasperated face was followed by the words "Use… Condoms."
HouseM.D.  House/Wilson  author:Harper-Penn  S6  romance  angst-with-a-happy-ending  hurt/comfort  emotional-hurt/comfort  Wilson-POV  House-POV  flashbacks  arguments  strained/broken-friendships  ghosts  ghost!Kutner  mind-reading  observation  child!House  child-abuse  pain-sharing  hurt!House  slapping  timeskips  torture  kicking  cold-torture  burns  fractures  beatings  dislocations  dislocated-shoulder  crying  House’s-leg-pain  muscle-cramps  emotion-sharing  sleep-deprivation  misunderstandings  guilt  nausea  dry-heaving  muscle-strains  fatigue  self-neglect  tremors  cooking  moving-in-together  living-together  literally-sleeping-together  cuddling  kisses  fic  site:FFN  word-count:10-20k 
december 2017 by SHSL_Fangirl
Now at Saks: Salt Rooms, a Bootcamp and a Peek at Retail’s Future - The New York Times
By DAVID GELLES AUG. 4, 2017

Venerable department store was dealing with the upheavals throttling the retail industry. As stores around the country reckon with Amazon.com, discount chains and changing consumer habits, they are turning to “experiential” offerings that entice people to enter their doors..... “Selling stuff in stores is not the answer,” he said. “You have to build an emotional connection with them. Where else can you take a fitness class and buy a Chanel handbag?”

It isn’t clear how many of Saks’s discerning clientele are actually interested in getting a lemon scrub after purchasing a $5,100 Alexander McQueen dress. During multiple visits over the past week, The Wellery was sparsely populated.
retailers  Saks  shareholder_activism  dislocations  future  department_stores  experiential_marketing  wellness  Nordstrom  Macy's  emotional_connections  experimentation  boot_camps  Amazon  shifting_tastes  contra-Amazon 
august 2017 by jerryking
GE’s CEO choice pushes the boundaries – Breakingviews
12 June 2017 By Rob Cox

Despite the worldwide upheaval confronting chieftains of multinational companies, Flannery has been dealt a better hand. Immelt took over a GE addicted to finance, willing to prostitute the stellar credit ratings of its world-class manufacturing and engineering capabilities for a quick buck. Over his tenure, which started ominously on Sept. 11, 2001, Immelt did wean the company off $260 billion of financial assets, but only after the crisis forced his hand. He also divested appliances, plastics and media.

For all this reimagining of GE, which included moving the headquarters to Boston and a plunge into the industrial internet, Immelt has been dogged by a poorly performing stock. GE returned $143 billion in dividends to shareholders under his stewardship, but the shares also have tumbled by some 30 percent.

Although Flannery most recently has been running the company’s subscale healthcare division, he has pranced across GE’s landscape. His corporate bio begins in evaluating risk for leveraged buyouts. Since then, it has been a global grand tour, running businesses across Asia and in India and Argentina. This is evidence of how GE’s growth resides in places where thirst for power, transportation, energy and healthcare – all of which GE’s products aim to sate – will be in greater demand, even as Immelt professed last year that protectionist tendencies worldwide means “companies must navigate the world on their own.”
GE  John_Flannery  appointments  CEOs  Jeffrey_Immelt  dislocations  multinationals 
june 2017 by jerryking
What Comes After Acheson’s Creation? - WSJ
By PEGGY NOONAN
Feb. 9, 2017

The U.S. military needs to know what the U.S. government seeks from it. The White House need to communicate an overarching plan because if there’s no higher plan they, in turn, can’t make plans to meet the plan.....like tornado victims, those interested in foreign policy have been [shellshocked]—staring in shock at the wreckage of the post-War II international system.

But something has to be rebuilt. Everyone now has to be an architect, or a cement-pourer, or a master craftsman carpenter.

It’s been instructive the past week to reread a small classic of statecraft, “Present at the Creation” by Dean Acheson, published in 1969. As undersecretary and then secretary of state he was involved in the creation of the postwar order.

What is inspiring about Acheson’s first-rate second-rateness is that he’s like a lot of those we have developing foreign policy right now.

Acheson, though he did not present it this way, provides useful lessons for future diplomats in future crises.

• Everyone’s in the dark looking for the switch.
• Don’t mess things up at the beginning.
• Be able to see your work soberly. Keep notes so history will know what happened.
• Cheer up. Good things can come of bad times, great things from fiercely imperfect individuals.
• Even though you’ll wind up disappointed. All diplomats in the end feel frustrated over missed opportunities and achievements that slipped away. “Alas, that is life. We cannot live our dreams.”

Still to be answered: What is America’s strategy now—our overarching vision, our big theme and intent? What are the priorities? How, now, to navigate the world?

That soldier needs an answer to his question: What do you need from us? What’s the plan?
U.S.foreign_policy  post-WWII  diplomacy  missed_opportunities  Dean_Acheson  note_taking  U.S._military  Marshall_Plan  Peggy_Noonan  change  statecraft  books  Cold_War  international_system  rebuilding  dislocations  The_Establishment  crisis  crisis_management  Communicating_&_Connecting  grand_strategy  statesmen  imperfections 
february 2017 by jerryking
Advertising: Facebook and Google build a duopoly
JUNE 23, 2016 | Financial Times | by Matthew Garrahan.

Google and Facebook compete in some areas such as digital video advertising but are present “across every part of the food chain”, according to one ad executive. This seismic shift to a digital and mobile ad landscape effectively controlled by two companies has wide repercussions for agencies, media buyers, publishers and the brands that want to sell more products.

Advertisers like the targeting they get with Facebook and the trove of data it has on its 1.6bn users, just as they like the efficiency of Google search. But they are worried about a concentration of market power in two companies that not only own the playing field but are able to set the rules of the game as well.

Facebook and Google “are hegemons” that could soon be taking campaigns away from television, says Brian Wieser, analyst with Pivotal Research. Paul Frampton, chief executive of Havas Media Group UK, says they are “black boxes” that have too much power. “They don’t give agencies or the brands access to their algorithms and the data being mined are for Google and Facebook — and not for the brand.”
advertising  advertising_agencies  Facebook  Google  Amazon  WPP  duopolies  media_buyers  dislocations  Mary_Meeker  seismic_shifts 
february 2017 by jerryking
You must do these two difficult things to invest as patiently as the greats - The Globe and Mail
TOM BRADLEY
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Great investors have differences, but they share a number of key attributes.

They have an independent view. They feel no obligation to invest in something because others are doing it or because it’s a part of an index. Indeed, they prefer when a stock isn’t popular or heavily traded.

They buy when opportunities present themselves, not when the money is available. Cash doesn’t burn a hole in their pocket.

They buy assets that, in their reasoned opinion, will eventually be worth considerably more than they’re able to purchase them for. The key word being eventually. Their time frame is only slightly shorter than that.

They don’t get hung up on short-term events, although they do monitor them closely so they can take advantage of opportunities. Price movements and/or liquidity events may allow them to buy more or sell, and any new information can be used to update their valuation models.

You get the picture. Patient capital is focused on long-term value creation. It’s comfortable being out-of-sync with popular trends. And it doesn’t get distressed by market dislocations, it gets excited.

If working with a financial adviser, they have to understand and believe in the patient-capital approach. No prattling from them about quick stock or ETF flips. No recommendations of "hot" fund managers nor cold feet when short-term results are poor.

You want advisers and money managers who can live up to the traits listed above and, ideally, who are working in organizations that exemplify the same traits. You and your adviser have a better chance of being “patient capital” if the firm’s sales, marketing, product development and investment strategies are aligned.
Tom_Bradley  investors  long-term  strategic_patience  liquidity_events  personality_types/traits  dislocations  undervalued  opportunistic  unanimity  personal_finance  financial_advisors  contrarians  independent_viewpoints  financial_pornography  best_of 
january 2017 by jerryking
Emerging markets offer clue for investors in 2017
December 31/January 1 2017 | Financial Times | by Gillian Tett.

Now (people = politicians = capriciousness/alternatively, unpredictable waves of populism) are shaping events, not established party platforms or policy programmes....the pricing of political uncertainty has moved from being an emerging market phenomenon to an emerged market issue....Is there any way for investors to adapt to this new world? ....(1) Start by abandoning the idea that asset values can be predicted by using neat economic models alone. ...investors urgently need to think about the difference between "risk" (i.e. events that can be predicted with a certain probability) and "uncertainty" (i.e. unknown future shocks). Until now, investors in developed markets have tended to focus primarily on risks and assume that these can be priced (and hedged against). But 2017 is likely to produce uncertainty. That cannot be easily priced or hedge--and investors should recognize this. (2) Investor should also embrace "optionality": the only way to prepare for a world of uncertainty is to stay as flexible and diversified as possible. Now is not the time for investors to put all their eggs in one basket, or bet on just one asset class. Nor is it time for businesses to be locked into rigid business plans: political and geopolitical upheaval could strike almost anywhere. (3) If 2017 does deliver more risk and uncertainty, expect financial markets to be "skittish" about "news" of all types, and not just economic....Bad news for those who despise market volatility (expectation: we're in for volatility like we've never seen before)....Uncertainty can deliver huge opportunity alongside risks..."good" surprises....Surviving 2017 in the developed economies requires that investors use tools beyond those found in the realm of economics: psychology, sociology and political science. Also, talk to successful emerging market investors to find out how they practice their craft.
Gillian_Tett  emerging_markets  political_risk  dislocations  unpredictability  Brexit  investors  Donald_Trump  uncertainty  risks  optionality  geopolitics  financial_markets  politicians  volatility  tools  economics  psychology  sociology  political_science  FT  institutions  rule_of_law  Gary_Cohn  populism  indicators  human_factor  assets  asset_values  asset_classes  diversification 
january 2017 by jerryking
You Break It, You Own It - The New York Times
Thomas L. Friedman JUNE 29, 2016

It’s the story of our time: the pace of change in technology, globalization and climate have started to outrun the ability of our political systems to build the social, educational, community, workplace and political innovations needed for some citizens to keep up.

We have globalized trade and manufacturing, and we have introduced robots and artificial intelligence systems, far faster than we have designed the social safety nets, trade surge protectors and educational advancement options that would allow people caught in this transition to have the time, space and tools to thrive. It’s left a lot of people dizzy and dislocated.

At the same time, we have opened borders deliberately — or experienced the influx of illegal migration from failing states at an unprecedented scale — and this too has left some people feeling culturally unanchored, that they are losing their “home” in the deepest sense of that word.
Tom_Friedman  EU  Brexit  social_integration  United_Kingdom  safety_nets  social_fabric  institutions  automation  artificial_intelligence  unemployment  illegal_migration  dislocations  open_borders 
june 2016 by jerryking
Cayetano Ferrer
"Cayetano Ferrer (b. 1981 Honolulu) is interested in the spatiotemporal dislocations created by architecture, especially in Las Vegas, a city in which time and space often appear to be suspended. Once the fastest-growing city in the country and a hot spot for “atomic tourists,” Vegas has become a place where casinos are constantly being demolished and new construction projects are begun and then halted due to the dismal economy. Ferrer has spent the last couple of years collecting scraps and remnants of casino carpeting, examining the colors and designs and finding precedents in the long history of carpet making, such as symbols and patterns reminiscent of pre-Columbian tapestries. Patching together remnants, he has created a pattern even more dizzying than that of a single carpet, a hypnotic mosaic that takes you deep into the void, evoking the lulling world of the casino. Each seam of each scrap is simultaneously a rupture and a convergence. The carpet compresses designs from different casinos while suggesting a compression of time (not unlike the architectural experience of Las Vegas), with patterns and images derived from multiple cultures, times, and places."

[See also (source of text above): http://www.madeinla2012.org/artist/cayetano-ferrer-2/ ]
cayetanoferrer  art  artists  losangeles  lasvegas  patterns  spatiotemporaldislocations  dislocations  time  space 
february 2013 by robertogreco
"Structural Breaks" and Other Timely Phenomena -
December 12, 2008 |Adam Smith, Esq.|Bruce MacEwen.

Finally, some words about strategy in the midst of a structural dislocation. Times like these—especially times like these—call for coherent responses on behalf of your firm to the challenges out there in the marketplace. This, rather than any tepid or hypocritical "mission statement" or allegedly scientific market segmentation analysis that will be overtaken by events before it can be bound and distributed,, is the type of strategy that actually has traction today.

And the essence of such a strategy is a thoughtful and reflective view on the marketplace forces at work, and how they'll affect your firm, your talent pipeline, your geographic centers of gravity, and your client base. To produce a coherent, nuanced, and dynamic view of what's happening, there's no substitute for the hard work of thinking about this multi-dimensional chessboard, with almost daily midcourse corrections based on new data points and new conversations, essentially incoming at you all the time.
Bruce_MacEwen  McKinsey  financial_history  simplicity  ratios  strategic_thinking  talent_pipelines  structural_change  howto  customers  Five_Forces_model  competitive_landscape  situational_awareness  course_correction  disequilibriums  accelerated_lifecycles  dislocations  hard_work  dynamic 
november 2011 by jerryking
Dislocations: The Old Glorys
they were so good i meant to look them up and forgot. thanks for being on top of that for me internet
jerseycity  bands  dislocations 
september 2010 by signoretta
What World Migration Means for Business
5/19/2003 | HBS Working Knowledge | by Marcelo M.
Suárez-Orozco. Transnational immigrants are just "the tip of the
iceberg," he said. China probably has more than 100 million internal
immigrants moving from rural areas into the cities. The greatest
dynamics today are often within nation-states like China or within
regions of the world, he said. The largest flow of refugees today is
within Africa.

Whether they are moving from one continent to another or from a village
to a city, immigrants may experience the same sorts of upheaval:
political, legal, cultural, and linguistic. "These are not unlike the
processes of moving from Montego Bay to Boston, because [often] they're
coming from completely different linguistic and cultural groups," he
said.
migrants  immigration  globalization  China  remittances  internal_migration  dislocations  refugees  Africa 
november 2009 by jerryking

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